Polk County’s new­est com­mis­sioner is sworn in.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick

Polk County’s new­est com­mis­sioner was of­fi­cially sworn in to take his seat for Dis­trict 1 at the be­gin­ning of last week, and he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work for the meet­ings to start off October af­ter press time.

José Iglesias was sworn in to of­fice by Pro­bate Judge Linda Smith on Mon­day, Sept. 25 ahead of the Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 meet­ings held af­ter press time ear­lier this week.

He was unan­i­mously se­lected by the Polk County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers to fill the va­cant Dis­trict 1 spot from among 8 can­di­dates who stepped for­ward for the job.

Iglesias was born in El Sal­vador and moved to the United States when he was 10. He be­came a nat­u­ral­ized cit­i­zen in 2005, and three years later moved to Cedar­town with his wife Gio­vanna and their two chil­dren, Ethan and Isaac.

Iglesias and his fam­ily run Taxes de Amer­ica, where he pro­vides tax prepa- ra­tion ser­vices to the lo­cal com­mu­nity utiliz­ing his de­gree from Suf­folk Col­lege in New York.

Lo­cally, he’s been in­volved in a num­ber of ini­tia­tives. He’s both a mem­ber of the Cedar­town Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and the Pri­mary Health­care Board of Di­rec­tors, was in the 2014 Biz Builders pro­gram and is in the 2017 class for LEAD Polk. He also served as a Cedar­town stake­holder for the lat­est 10-year com­bined plan for the cities and county sub­mit­ted to the state.

Igle­sais also is serv­ing as a men­tor in the Take Back Polk pro­gram this year.

Though he comes to of­fice with sev­eral ma­jor ideas in mind - from en­sur­ing the bud­get re­mains bal­anced to work­ing with the State De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion to get more pedes­trian sig­nage on South Main Street, among oth­ers — he also wants to be a uni­fy­ing force on the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers.

Iglesias will take his Dis­trict 1 seat for the first time dur­ing a com­bined night of meet­ings on Oct. 9 af­ter meet­ings were post­poned fol­low­ing the death last Friday of de­tec­tive Kris­ten Hearne.

Kevin Myrick / Stan­dard Jour­nal

Jose Iglesias is sworn in by Pro­bate Judge Linda Smith while his wife Gio­vanna watches on Mon­day, Sept. 25.

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