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About Steven

Born in Nevada, IA, August 23, 1970, to Pauline (Stark) and Charles W. Ray.  Moved to Boone in 1979.  Married to Lisa (Wiezorek) Ray, a native of northeast Iowa (LaPorte City).  Lisa is a licensed practical nurse for Boone County Hospital and Clinics in Boone.  Lisa and Steven have two daughters, Megan Payne, 26, and Miranda Richmann, 21.

Step-father is Steven Rentschler of Boone.  Mother, Pauline Rentschler, passed away in 2007. Maternal grandparents are the late Story County Sheriff John P. and Ruth (Tesdall) Stark of Nevada, paternal grandparents are the late Charles G. and Dorothy (Martin) Ray of Nevada.  Step paternal grandparents are the late David and Hilda (Daughters) Rentschler of Boone.

Lisa's parents are father Gary (Carol) Wiezorek of Cedar Falls and mother, Ione (Doug) Abkes, of Waterloo.

Steven graduated from Boone High School in 1988; Des Moines Area Community College (Boone Campus) in 1990 and Iowa State University in 1992 with a BA in Political Science.  He graduated from the Certified Public Manager program at Drake University in December 2012.

Steven began his public safety career with a short stint as a Student Reserve Officer at Iowa State University in July 1988; then took a position as a 911 dispatcher at the Boone County Sheriff's Office in August 1988 and worked there through August of 1995.  In August 1995 he accepted a position with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Iowa State Patrol Division, as a Communications Specialist at their Des Moines Communications Center located at Camp Dodge, Joint Forces Headquarters, Johnston.  Steven was elevated to Lead Specialist in October 2003 and promoted to regional communications center manager in February 2007 and has served to present as manager of the Des Moines, Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids state emergency communications centers and, formerly, the Atlantic state communications center from 2007-2010.

Steven was elected to the Boone City Council, as council member at-large, in November 2003 and has served continuously in that capacity from January 1, 2004, to present and is in the middle of his 4th, 4-year term and also also serves as mayor pro-tem for the city.

For the city of Boone, Steven currently chairs the Policy and Administration and Public Safety and Transportation committees and was formerly member and chair of the city's Economic Development committee for 9 years from 2006-2015.

In addition, he serves as the city of Boone representative to the Boone County 9-1-1 Service Board and the county's Emergency Management Commission.

Steven has been the Iowa DPS representative to the state 9-1-1 Communications Council and has served as its chair from 2009-present, the longest serving chair in the council's history.

In 2002 Steven was appointed to the local board for Boone/Story counties for the United States Selective Service System.  In March, 2017, he was elevated to Iowa's district appeal board by the Selective Service System.

Steven is a member of the Iowa Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO); the Iowa Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Iowa League of Cities.  Steven has been a proud, life-long member of the Grand Old Party.

Lisa and Steven have four Boston Terriers, P.J. (their only boy), Eleanor "Ellie," Ruthie and Marjie and a house cat of 9 years, Lilly.



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