Harkin aide to visit Story County as part of ‘In the Footsteps of History Tour’

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has announced that his state director, Rob Barron, will visit Story County on Wednesday, July 9, as part of a summer tour highlighting Harkin’s partnership with Iowa communities through the years. The “In the Footsteps of History” tour will include all Iowa counties and feature local projects aimed at keeping Iowa communities healthy and safe; keeping communities thriving through targeted education, research, and economic development projects and promoting local agriculture and conservation, while mitigating disasters. The media is invited to attend.

Barron will meet with Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald at the Story County Jail at 10 a.m. on July 9 to discuss how federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and secured by Harkin has made the community safer. Since 2007, Story County has received more than $2.6 million from the DOJ for jail-based substance abuse treatment programs to help non-violent offenders reintegrate into society.

“Keeping communities safe requires a concerted effort – federal, state, and local officials all working together,” said Harkin. “In order to reduce the number of repeat offenders, it is vitally important that inmates receive the treatment necessary to reintegrate into society. The DOJ has been a great partner in that effort and I look forward to learning how Story County has implemented this important funding.”