County Board of Commissioners

Get to know the Washington County Board of Commissioners

Elected commissioners represent Washington County residents. Commissioners enact local ordinances, develop policy, and makes and amends laws for the county. They also establish the county's budget and tax levy, set policies for delivery of services, and provide leadership to the county. Washington County has five commissioners who represent their county district.

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. In 2023, Commissioner Gary Kriesel will serve as chair  and Commissioner Stan Karwoski will serve as vice chair.

Commissioner Fran Miron

Fran Miron

District 1

District 2 Commissioner Stan Karwoski

Stan Karwoski

District 2

Commissioner Gary Kriesel

Gary Kriesel

District 3

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Karla Bigham

District 4

District 5 Commissioner Michelle Clasen

Michelle Clasen

District 5

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Board meetings are most Tuesdays at 9 a.m. Some meetings may be workshops only. The public is welcome to attend. See county calendar to confirm dates.

Commissioner Districts and Boundaries

District boundaries are redefined after every federal census to meet the requirements of Minnesota statute. Under state law, any district that experiences a 5% 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.

Washington County Board of Commissioners in 2023

District 1 - Fran Miron651-430-6211Email Fran Miron
District 2 - Stan Karwoski651-430-6212Email Stan Karwoski
Request to Meet Commissioner Karwoski
District 3 - Gary Kriesel651-430-6213Email Gary Kriesel
District 4 - Karla Bigham651-430-6214Email Karla Bigham
District 5 - Michelle Clasen651-430-6215Email Michelle Clasen
Request to Meet Commissioner Clasen