DMACC Outstanding Alumni Award
AS Legal Assistant 1994
Story County Attorney, Story County Attorney's Office
Timothy Meals' career began in manufacturing, where he worked for 11 years until the plant in which he worked closed. Left scrambling, he accepted a job as a maintenance man at a hotel while he contemplated his future.
The single father of two young children, he struggled to make ends meet. He aspired to do more for himself and his family. With an ambitious goal of one day becoming the Assistant Story County Attorney, he enrolled at DMACC Urban Campus in 1992 at the age of 31.
Within two years, he had earned his AS degree as a Legal Assistant. From there he graduated with a BS in Sociology with distinction from Iowa State. In 1999, he completed law school at Drake, earning his JD with honors.
Tim achieved his goal in 2000, when he was hired in the Story County Attorney's office. Since then, he has been recognized with several honors. In 2009, he was recognized by The Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau Commission for his work in reducing injuries and loss in OWI and traffic crashes in the state. In 2017, he was recognized with the Iowa County Attorney's Association Staff Attorney Award of Merit.
And in 2020, he was appointed by the Story County Board of Supervisors as Story County Attorney with the full support of every attorney in his office. In November of the same year, he ran unopposed for formal election as the county attorney.
Tim has been lauded by his peers for his servant's heart, vast knowledge, and integrity in representing the people of Story County. At DMACC we have benefitted from his continued support as a guest speaker, student mentor and more.