A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer mapping system capable of assembling, storing, manipulating, and displaying geographically referenced information (i.e. spatial data).

  Marion County, Iowa - GIS\Web Coordinator

A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer mapping system capable of assembling, storing, manipulating, and displaying geographically referenced information (i.e. spatial data).


What is a GIS used for?

Local governments (Counties/Cities) typically involve a variety of agencies including assessors, auditors, engineering, planning, public works, public safety, recorders, treasurers, and zoning. These agencies are relying more on GIS technology to plan new land developments, determine tax valuations, maintain real estate land records, manage public works networks, route emergency vehicles, analyze crime and accident patterns, manage transportation systems and study environmental issues.

GIS and Digital Mapping At Home

Increasingly GIS, GPS, and digital mapping is becoming integrated into our lives. From the Marion County Beacon web site, to our "smartphones", to our in-car GPS units, these fields of information are becoming part of our daily lives. And, as these fields grow more and more data is becoming available, both current and historical. The Marion County GIS/Web Department now has a page of information and resources available to access this information at home.

Click here to view the GIS and Digital Mapping At Home page.

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Oblique Imagery Now Available On Beacon

A new type of aerial imagery is now available on the Marion County Assessor's Beacon website. Click on the link below for a description and instructions on how to use this new imagery.

Description and Instructions

Marion County Beacon Website

GIS Coordinator Job Responsibilities and Duties:

The GIS Coordinator will work in planning, organizing, and directing GIS activities within Marion County, Iowa. The Coordinator will report to the Marion County, Iowa GIS Commission Chair.

Work involves responsibility for providing technical expertise and supervision for the day-to-day implementation and operation of GIS within the context of programs and policy directives.

Duties also include coordinating GIS activities of all departments, managing GIS vendor contracts, planning and organizing system development activities and other GIS project management activities.

Other activities include:

Manages GIS resources for Marion County, Iowa,
Determines user needs with input from user departments,
Manages contracts with GIS hardware, software, and data conversion vendors, and other providers of GIS products and services,
Assists in preparation of annual budget for GIS operations, capital expenditures, and professional services,
Work with and coordinate the Marion County, Iowa GIS Committee,
Perform related work as required,
Coordination of the Marion County Geographical Information System (GIS) and the various departmental web sites.

Department Head Name:

Niccole Schipppers [email protected]

Address of GIS office:
214 East Main Street
Knoxville Iowa 50138

Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.
Out at lunch, please call before coming during lunch hours.

Office Phone Number:
(641) 828-2231 Option 5

FAX Number:
(641) 828-6351

GIS Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the GIS office

GIS Maps

GIS Map Information

GIS Links:

Marion County Beacon Website

Iowa DNR - Iowa GeoData

IGIC - Iowa Geographic
Information Council

ICIT - Iowa Counties
Information Technology

Digital Soil Survey Manuscripts for the State of Iowa

Other Related Links:

FEMA - All Flood Information

Iowa One Call


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