Board meetings are most Tuesdays at 9 a.m. The public is welcome to attend. See county calendar to confirm dates.
Board of Commissioners
Washington County is governed by its Board of Commissioners. Five county commissioners - one from each district - are elected to serve for staggered four-year terms.
County commissioners are Karla Bigham, District 4, Gary Kriesel, District 3, Fran Miron, District 1, Stan Karwoski, District 2, and Lisa Weik, District 5.
|District 1 - Fran Miron||651-430-6211||Email Fran Miron|
|District 2 - Stan Karwoski||651-430-6212||Email Stan Karwoski|
|District 3 - Gary Kriesel||651-430-6213||Email Gary Kriesel|
|District 4 - Karla Bigham||651-430-6214||Email Karla Bigham|
|District 5 - Lisa Weik||651-430-6215||Email Lisa Weik|
The board elects a chair and vice chair. The chair is the presiding officer during the board meetings, and the vice chair presides in the chair's absence. Commissioner Lisa Weik will serve as chair for 2017, and Commissioner Karla Bigham will serve as vice chair.
The board develops policy, makes decisions, and makes and amends laws for the county. It also establishes the county's budget and tax levy, sets policy for delivery of services, and approves and revises ordinances.
District boundaries are redefined after every federal census to meet the requirements of Minnesota statute. Under state law, any district that experiences a 5 percent or greater change in its population requires a new election, even if the full four-year term of its commissioner has not been completed. To find which areas of the county are in each district, see map.