Jim Cheek has announced his intention to run for the office of Story County Recorder. Cheek, a life-long resident of Story County, is a Democrat, but said he understands that partisan politics must be set aside when it comes to effectively serving the citizens of Story County. He believes it is important for all county offices to work together and fully understand the duties of the other offices.
“Customers become frustrated when they feel like they are being passed around,” Cheek said. “It is my goal to ensure that if we can’t help them, their next stop is the one who can.”
Cheek began working in the Story County Recorder’s office in 2001, and currently serves as deputy recorder. Cheek knows that replacing retiring Recorder Sue Vande Kamp and her 30-plus years of experience won’t be easy. “Sue is one of the longest-tenured and most highly-respected recorders in the state. She leaves some pretty big shoes to be filled,” Cheek said. “But I have learned from her for the last 13 years, which should help me make a seamless transition.”
Cheek graduated from Nevada High School and earned B.S. and M.A. degrees in history from Iowa State University. He has spent virtually his entire career in a customer service capacity, first in the grocery industry and later in a short stint with the Story County Assessor’s office, before joining the Recorder’s office. He is a past member of the Nevada Jaycees and served two terms on the Nevada School Foundation.
Cheek resides in Nevada with his wife Dana and three children, Delaney, 19, James, 15, and Hayden, 8.