State Director of Elections Dawn Williams is retiring from the Secretary of State’s Office after serving for more than 30 years as an election professional in Iowa. Secretary of State Paul Pate is honoring Williams with a National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award.
The award allowed Secretaries of State to recognize outstanding service and dedication by individuals, groups or organizations in furthering the mission of NASS. Williams was inducted into The Election Center’s Hall of Fame during ceremonies in 2018. Just 13 other election professionals in the country have received that honor.
“It has been an honor to serve in Secretary Pate’s administration, serve Iowa counties and Iowa voters in my capacity as the State Director of Elections,” Williams said. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to hold a job that I loved going to every day and to know that I made a difference in some small way.”
Williams joined the Secretary of State’s Office in January of 2015. Before that she worked in the Marshall County Auditor’s Office from 1988-2014. She first served as Election Director and later as County Auditor and Recorder.
Williams served as co-chair of the voter registration committee for the 2000 National Task Force on Election Reform and was the National Task Force on Election Reform co-chair in 2004. Williams has been a member of The Election Center’s Professional Educational Board since 2003 and served on the Professional Practices Committee from 2003-2017.
“We will miss Dawn’s leadership and knowledge,” Secretary Pate said. “She is respected both statewide and nationally by election professionals. I’m very grateful Dawn served on my staff these past four years.”