County Commissioner Lee Rogness of Fergus Falls was named board chairman for the year 2020. This announcement came during the county board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the county Government Services Center in Fergus Falls.
Named vice chair for 2020 was County Commissioner Betty Murphy of Maine Township.
The other three county commissioners are Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids, 2019 board chairman Doug Huebsch of Perham and Commissioner John Lindquist of Dalton.
Otter Tail County is divided into five districts with one commissioner from each district. Each commissioner is elected by the people of his/her district and serves a term of four years.
Commissioners usually hold meetings on Tuesdays, and try to meet, in addition to Fergus Falls, on occasion in towns such as Pelican Rapids, Perham and Parkers Prairie. Public meetings are held during evening hours when specific topics are discussed, examples being county ditch hearings and hearings on county roads.
The five county commissioners are responsible for examining and setting budgets, policies and making decisions on numerous other activities.
Included in the county budget are county taxpayer funds for the land service division that includes the county assessor’s office, county recorder’s office and geographic information systems. The finance division includes the office of the auditor-treasurer, elections and licensing.
County taxpayers also fund community services that includes public health, assistance to military veterans etc. Public works includes highways, land and resource management and solid waste.
Otter Tail County’s Board of Commissioners have a vision for the county “to be recognized and respected where people want to live, work and play.”
The county board mission is to “enrich lives, provide innovative services and enhance resources.”
Values include “serving people with integrity, fiscal responsibility, respect and innovation for enduring success.”