Recent Appointments

League Board Appoints Chaska Mayor to Fire Service Planning Grant Program Scoring/Oversight Committee

The League Board of Directors has appointed Chaska Mayor Mark Windschitl as the primary appointee to the Service Planning Grant Program Scoring/Oversight Committee. They also approved South St. Paul Councilmember William Flatley as the alternate. The State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) administers the Service Planning Grant Program (previously called the Shared Services Grant Program), which provides grant awards to Minnesota fire departments to study sharing of resources in their areas. The newly revised program is currently accepting applications for the $250,000 available until June 20, 2019.

Service Planning Grants can be used for information-gathering and a variety of studies. Those studies can examine everything from sharing training needs, administrative costs, personnel and equipment, to full consolidation of departments.

The Scoring/Oversight Committee is part of the application process for the Service Planning Grant Program. The committee will have one member each from the following organizations:

  • Minnesota State Fire Department Association as appointed by their president.
  • Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association as appointed by their president.
  • Minnesota Professional Firefighters as appointed by their president.
  • Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division as appointed by the state fire marshal.
  • League of Minnesota Cities as appointed.
  • Association of Minnesota Townships as appointed.
  • Fire Service Advisory Committee as appointed by their chair.

The group meets only as needed to review and score the applications submitted for the fiscal year 2018-2019 program. The first meeting will likely be at the beginning of 2018.

League Board Appoints Roger Pohlman to Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Advisory Group

The League’s Board of Directors approved Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman on Oct. 19 to be one of the four League representatives on the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Advisory Group.

The advisory group advises the state on statewide criminal justice information policy and funding issues. It is coordinated through the Department of Public Safety. The group will study and make recommendations to the governor, Supreme Court, and Legislature on criminal justice information funding and policy issues, such as related data practices, individual privacy rights, and data on race and ethnicity; information-sharing at the local, state and federal levels; technology education and innovation; the impact of proposed legislation on the criminal justice system related to information systems and business processes; and data and identification standards.

Under state law, the League is the appointing authority for four members of the advisory group—two that represent the interests of city attorneys, one that works or resides in Greater Minnesota, and one that works or resides in the seven-county metropolitan area. At least one of the League’s appointees must be an elected official.

Currently, Amy Schmidt of Bloomington and Shana Conklin of Eagan represent city attorneys on the committee. Mayor Steve Washburn of Watertown serves as the metro-area representative, and Pohlman will now serve as the Greater Minnesota representative. The vacancy that Pohlman filled was due to the resignation of Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

The advisory group currently meets quarterly and its next meeting is in mid-November.

Governor Appoints Lindstrom Councilmember to POST Board

Gov. Dayton has filled a vacant position on the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) board for an elected official from a Greater Minnesota city with a population under 5,000. Kevin Stenson, current Lindstrom city councilmember and former Lindstrom police chief, has been selected to fill the vacancy created when Winsted Mayor Steve Stotko left the position on Jan. 2. Stenson will serve until 2021.

The POST Board licenses peace officers, establishes minimum qualifications and standards of conduct, and regulates professional and continuing education for peace officers. Members are expected to have a working knowledge of state government in general, the POST Board’s scope and mission, administrative rules, the POST Board’s bylaws, and rules of the organization.

The 15-member board is made up of two members of the public, eight current law enforcement officers in various positions, two former officers who work at colleges or universities that educate police officers as well as an administrator of such programs, and an elected city official from a city with a population less than 5,000.

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