County Board of Commissioners

Meetings

The County Board meetings are held:

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • First and 3rd Wednesday of each month
  • 7:00 p.m. Citizen’s Forum
  • In the Board Room (Suite 160A) in the lower level of the Government Center

In May 2016 we began broadcasting online County Board Meetings as they are occurring. No decision has been made to permanently broadcast County Board meetings online. 

Effective March 18, 2020 and into the foreseeable future, the Citizen’s Forum at the Chisago County Board of Commissioners meetings is cancelled. Due to social distancing and the President’s request to have no more than 10 people in a space, we are encouraging the public to stay informed of the County Board proceedings by watching the Live Broadcast online as it is occurring. Additionally, Chair Montzka has issued Resolution 20/0317 -- Declaration of a Local Emergency in Chisago County.

To keep our public safe, we are requesting that you watch the County Board Meetings by clicking on the link to: Media Center and look in ’Channels’ for County Board of Commissioner Meeting. NOTE: This Channel will only be listed if we are broadcasting a Live Video of the Chisago County Board of Commissioners Meeting.

Press Release: 03-17-2020. . .

Update:  How to Participate in the Citizen’s Forum

At the March 18th, 2020 Chisago County Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to temporarily suspend the current format of the ‘Citizen’s Forum’ at County Board Meetings, consisting of an in-person, oral forum, and instead institute a written forum until further notice. This change is due to the increasing public health threat related to the COVID-19 virus, and the necessity of keeping and maintaining social distancing, balanced against the desire of the Board to provide an opportunity for the public to express ideas, issues or concerns in these extremely difficult and unprecedented times.

All citizens are welcome to submit a ‘Citizen Forum’ comment, statement, question or proposal using our Citizen Forum Online Form, send thru the U.S. Post Office, or email to the County Administrator at least two (2) hours prior to the start of the scheduled county board meetings, so that the letter or e-mail may be copied and distributed to the Chisago County Board of Commissioners. The County Commissioners may choose to read individual letters or parts of letters aloud after recognizing the author.

It is requested that you provide your full name and address, including commissioner’s district, if known. All the letters or emails should be written to make a comment, statement, question or proposal to the County Board. All letters shall be directed to the Board as a whole, and not to individual commissioners. All letters should be written in a respectful manner and or tone and refrain from the use of profanity.

Send your comment, statement, question or proposal to County Administrator Chase Burnham using our Citizen Forum Online Form, send thru the U.S. Post Office, or Email to Chase Burnham.

Chase Burnham, County Administrator
313 N. Main St, Suite 170
Center City, MN  55012


Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
Most Recent Agenda | All Agendas and Minutes

Members

The 5 member County Board serves as the chief legislative and policy making body of the county. Members are elected from geographic districts and serve staggered 4 year terms. While no minimum education or prior experience is required for becoming a county commissioner, individual backgrounds and personalities can enhance the effectiveness of county commissioners.

  • Chris DuBose, District #1, Vice Chair; (Term = 01/07/2019 to 12/31/2022)
  • Rick Greene, District #2; (Term = 01/03/2017 to 12/31/2020)
  • George McMahon, District #3; (Term = 01/03/2017 to 12/31/2020)
  • Ben Montzka, District #4, Chair; (Term = 01/07/2019 to 12/31/2022)
  • Mike Robinson, District #5; (Term = 01/03/2017 to 12/31/2020)

If you’re unsure which district you’re in, this Commissioner Districts Map (PDF) may help.

Commissioners

County Commissioners oversee county activities and work to ensure that citizen concerns are met, federal and state requirements are fulfilled, and county operations run smoothly.

County Commissioners spend a lot of time working with and representing people. They attend regular meetings of the County Board as well as meetings of County Board subcommittees and county-related boards and commissions.

They represent county concerns before local, state and national boards and commissions, including School Board, City Councils, Township Boards, and State/Federal Offices. County Commissioners also work with constituents and respond to constituent concerns.

Redistricting

Redistricting was approved by the County Board via Resolution No. 12/0427-1. Effective for the 2012 election for the term beginning the first Monday in January 2013

A more detailed map of the County and State Legislative Districts (PDF) is available.