Recent Appointments

League Appoints Three City Officials to CriMNet Task Force

Shana Conklin, attorney with Campbell Knutson, P. A.; Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, mayor of Grand Marais; and Steve Washburn, mayor of Watertown, were appointed by the League Board of Directors on Nov. 19, 2015, to the CriMNet Task Force. The League received 11 applicants for the three open positions that were to be appointed by the League.

In 2001, the Criminal and Juvenile Information (CriMNet) Program Office started providing an additional advantage for data integration in Minnesota. The task force assists the policy group in its duties. The task force monitors, reviews, and reports to the policy group on CriMNet-related projects and provide oversight to ongoing operations as directed by the policy group. Task Force members are not directly responsible for managing program activities, but provide support and guidance for those who do.

Eileen Wells, former city attorney for the City of Mankato, served as one of the two city attorney appointees to CriMNet. With Eileen’s retirement, there was one vacancy on the task force for a city attorney. Amy K. L. Schmidt, associate city attorney, City of Bloomington currently serves as the other city attorney appointee.

Doug Biehn, councilmember from White Bear Lake, previously held one of the appointment positions for an elected official who works or resides in the seven-county metropolitan area. The other position, for an elected city official who works or resides in Greater Minnesota, had been vacant for some time.

The Task Force includes county sheriffs, police chiefs, county attorneys, public defenders, judges, corrections administrators, probation officers, victim-advocates, court administrators, legislators, county commissioners, state agency representatives, and other legal and local representatives. The task force currently meets quarterly.

Congratulations to Shana Conklin, Mayor DeCoux, and Mayor Washburn on this opportunity!

Patty Acomb Appointed to Board of Water and Soil Resources

Gov. Dayton has appointed Patty Acomb, councilmember for the City of Minnetonka, to be the metropolitan city elected official on the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). Acomb will serve from Sept. 13, 2015, to Jan. 2, 2017.

BWSR’s mission is “to improve and protect Minnesota’s water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners.” BWSR is the state soil and water conservation agency, and it administers programs that prevent sediment and nutrients from entering our lakes, rivers, and streams; enhance fish and wildlife habitat; and protect wetlands. The 20-member board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens.

Acomb replaces Christy Jo Fogarty, former councilmember for the City of Farmington.

Congratulations to Patty Acomb on this opportunity!

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