Crow Wing County Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom was elected chair Tuesday as the board met in its first session of the new year.
Nystrom, who represents District 3, was previously vice chair. Traditionally, Crow Wing County rotates the chair position. Rosemary Franzen is vice chair.
Paul Koering, First-time commissioner, was sworn in by District Judge Earl Maus. Koering’s father, Bernard, held the bible for the swearing in ceremony.
The board looked at Association of Minnesota Counties’ policy committee appointments for commissioners covering areas from public safety to the environment and transportation among others. Commissioner Rosemary Franzen expressed interest in continuing to be involved with transportation. Koering said he’d refer to more senior members, but is interested in corrections.
Nystrom asked commissioners for feedback at what they’d like to be involved in, and take that under advisement for a later decision. In the meantime, commissioners will continue to serve on their existing commissions and Koering will assume former Commissioner Phil Trusty’s appointments.
In committee reports, Commissioner Paul Thiede said Crosslake was working on a proposal to potentially collaborate with the county on planning and zoning.
After the meeting, Koering said the first day — typically a short meeting — went well with his dad present for the ceremony and much of the meeting. Koering already sees differences from his time in the state Senate noting at the Capitol a lot of discussion is involved but action on decisions can come in a flurry at the end of a session, while the county board faces decisions at every meeting.