DES MOINES, Iowa – The Polk County Board of Supervisors announced the unexpected death of Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney. She served as Polk County Treasurer for 32 years, first elected in 1989, and Polk County Residents elected her to seven terms in office.
“Mary Maloney was a public servant through and through. She had a passion for her job each and every day and was committed to the office of Polk County Treasurer and the residents of Polk County. We are all shocked and deeply saddened, this is a profound loss to our community,” Angela Connolly, chair of the Polk County Board of Supervisors, said in a released statement.
Maloney graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in economics in 1977. After college, she served as a business analyst for the Employers Mutual Company and then worked as a project manager for Younkers before she was elected Polk County Treasurer. Maloney and her family were residents of Des Moines.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Peter and their four children. The family would appreciate privacy at this time,” the Board of Supervisors said in their press release.
The county did not release the cause of death and said more information would be forthcoming.
The Polk County Treasurer’s office collects vehicle renewal taxes (tags) and property taxes. Maloney’s current term ended in 2022. The Polk County Board of Supervisors can appoint Maloney’s replacement within 40 days, but a petition can be filed with the county auditor requesting a special election.