Recent League Appointments

Elections Emergency Planning Task Force

Grace Wachlarowicz, assistant city clerk and director of elections and voter services for the City of Minneapolis, was appointed by the League Board of Directors on June 24, 2015, to the Elections Emergency Planning Task Force.

The 2015 omnibus elections bill established the Elections Emergency Planning Task Force to develop a statewide elections emergency plan to determine contingency plans for conducting elections during statewide emergencies.

The task force consists of 14 members, including a representative appointed by the League of Minnesota Cities. Other task force members will include:

  • Director of the Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, or designee
  • Secretary of state or designee
  • One individual designated by the secretary of state, from the elections division in the Office of the Secretary of State
  • One individual appointed by the Minnesota State Council on Disability
  • Minnesota Adjutant General or designee
  • One county auditor, appointed by the Minnesota Association of County Officers
  • One local professional emergency manager, appointed by the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers
  • One town election official, appointed by the Minnesota Association of Townships
  • One school district election official, appointed by the Minnesota School Boards Association
  • One state representative appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives
  • One state representative appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives
  • One state senator appointed by the Senate majority leader
  • One state senator appointed by the Senate minority leader

The Office of the Secretary of State was required to convene the task force by Aug. 1, 2015, and provide staffing to assist in the writing of a report to be submitted by Jan. 1, 2016, to the Legislature. The task force will expire the day after it submits its report.

Congratulations to Grace Wachlarowicz on this opportunity!

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!

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