Recent League Appointments

Governor’s Council on Fire Prevention and Control

Moorhead Fire Chief Richard Duysen was appointed by the League Board of Directors on Feb.19, 2015, to the Governor’s Council on Fire Prevention and Control. Woodbury Deputy Public Safety Director Todd Johnson was selected as the League’s alternate appointee.

The League was asked to appoint a city official to this council for a seat that was previously held by Terrie Trudeau, clerk for Center City.

The history of the Governor’s Council on Fire Prevention and Control dates back to the 1969 Legislature and was reauthorized under executive order by Gov. Dayton prior to the start of the 2014 session.

The Council’s mission is to:

  • Provide a focal point for the exchange of information.
  • Develop the best possible fire education, protection, and prevention services for the people of Minnesota.
  • Coordinate the delivery of this information.

The continuing mission of the council is to review new technology and capabilities in protecting life and property from fire and how we are affected by day to day changes in fire safety.

Congratulations to Chief Duysen and Deputy Director Johnson!

Statewide Volunteer Firefighter Retirement Plan Advisory Board

Sherburn City Administrator Sam Hansen was appointed by the League Board of Directors on Jan. 15, 2015, to the Statewide Volunteer Firefighter Retirement Plan Advisory Board.

The League was asked to fill the position on the Statewide Volunteer Firefighter Retirement Plan Advisory Board that was vacated by Marty Sheerer, retired fire chief for the City of Edina.

The Statewide Volunteer Firefighter Retirement Plan Advisory Board is expected to provide advice and guidance to the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) Board of Trustees about the retirement coverage needs of volunteer firefighters. Chapter 353G provides for an advisory board made up of representatives from townships, cities, fire chiefs and volunteer firefighters.

The advisory board currently consists of seven members:

  • One representative from townships, appointed by the Minnesota Association of Townships (Eric Hedtke).
  • Two representatives from Minnesota cities, appointed by the League of Minnesota Cities (Calvin Larson, Mayor of Shevlin, and Sam Hansen, Administrator of Sherburn).
  • One Fire Chief, appointed by the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association (Jeff Sanborn).
  • Two volunteer firefighters, appointed by the Minnesota State Fire Departments Association (John King and Nyle Zikmund).
  • One representative of the State Auditor’s Office, designated by the state auditor (Rose Hennessy-Allen).

The term for this appointment is three years (Jan. 15, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2017). There is no regularly scheduled meeting date, but this advisory board has traditionally met once a year. Meetings are announced at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date.

Congratulations, Administrator Hansen!

Area Transportation Partnership-District 7

Waseca Councilmember Fred Salsbury was appointed by the League Board of Directors on Dec. 18, 2014, to the Area Transportation Partnership-District 7 (ATP-7). The Board also appointed Michael Kuhle, mayor of Worthington, as the League’s alternate to the ATP-7.

In the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) efforts to bring the decision-making process to a more regional level, Area Transportation Partnerships (ATP) were established. ATPs solicit candidate projects for federal funding, rank projects by category, set investment targets for each category, and integrate the lists of projects into the four year Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP).

The ATP-7 region includes 13 counties in south central Minnesota and is comprised of:

  • Four MnDOT District 7 representatives
  • Two Regional Development Commission representatives
  • Four county representatives
  • Three city (more than 5,000 population) representatives (one elected and two city engineers)
  • Two transit representatives
  • One Mankato / North Mankato Area Planning Organization representative

Congratulations to Councilmember Salsbury and Mayor Kuhle on their appointments!

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