Madison County SWCD is a legal subdivision of state government that is managed by a board of five elected commissioners. We work together with our partners (including the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality)  to address local natural resource concerns in our district.

The Commissioners

  • Jason Hirsch, Chair (2021-2024)
  • VACANT, Vice Chair (2021-2024)
  • Tim Palmer, Treasurer (2021-2024)
  • Frederick Martens, Co-Treasurer (2023-2026)
  • Tom Moss, Secretary (2023-2026)

Assistant Commissioners

  • Jim Gillespie
  • Ryan Marquardt


  • District Conservationist: Clay Rogers
  • Conservation Assistant: Anna Golightly
  • Soil Conservationist: Julia Gubbels
  • Soil Conservationist: Sheila Maurer
  • District Technician: Joe Moore
  • State Technician: Riley Hines
  • Part-Time (“780”) Technician: VACANT
  • Summer Intern: VACANT