New governor picks Katie Averill

Fort Dodger has been named to key state regulatory position

Katie Averill, who is the senior vice president at Fort Dodge-based Citizens Community Credit Union, has been chosen by Gov. Kim Reynolds to serve as superintendent of the Iowa Division of Credit Unions.

This will put a well-respected Fort Dodger at the head of a key state regulatory agency. The Iowa Division of Credit Unions is responsible for overseeing the 93 state chartered credit unions. A statement on the organization’s website indicates that its mission is to “safeguard the interests of credit union depositors and shareholders through the effective administration and execution of the laws relating to credit unions.”

Averill brings extensive knowledge of the credit union world to this new assignment. She is a certified credit union executive. Averill has been part of the CCCU team for about 10 years. She has overseen the credit union’s seven branch locations. During her CCCU career she served as director of marketing and later as vice president of marketing and business development before becoming senior vice president. Averill has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Iowa State University in Ames.

Beyond her professional life, Averill has been an active contributor to our community and state. She created a charitable organization, the Emily Joy Averill Foundation. Named for her daughter who was killed in a 2012 car wreck, the foundation provides books to children through a program called Joy of Reading. In 2015, Branstad appointed her to the Early Childhood State Board. That board is charged with creating a comprehensive vision for early childhood care, education and health care. In 2004, Averill established Stamp of Support, which collected donations to pay for sending packages to members of the military serving overseas.

The Messenger congratulates Averill on being selected for this important role in our state government. In choosing her for this post, the governor has made an outstanding choice.