Becker County Board of Commissioners

Becker County Board of Commissioners
From left to right: John Okeson, Larry Knutson, Don Skarie, Ben Grimsley, Barry Nelson

The Becker County Board of Commissioners is elected to four year staggered terms from five commissioner Districts within the County. The Board selects a Chair and Vice Chair annually. The Becker County Commission, with respect to the diversity of its members, districts, and constituents, and within the confines of all statutes, rules, and regulations, is charged with providing overall management of all Becker County Departments through the establishment of policies, priorities, and goals. This role involves representing the constituents in five commissioner districts. It also involves representing Becker County at the state level through interactions with the legislators and administrative departments. The County commissioners act to provide fair, efficient, and effective services to the residents of Becker County.

The Board of Commissioners, in conjunction with all Becker County Departments, established a number of priority goals for the organization. The most important of all goals is to provide financial stability for Becker County. This includes not only an enhancement of the present financial situation, but also includes expansion of the tax base and job opportunities through economic development and important interactions with the state government regarding inter-governmental finances and mandated services. Other goals are closely related to financial stability by relating efficiencies, effectiveness, more productive employees, and a better County image. Goals are as follows:

  1. To Provide Financial Stability for the County.
  2. To Streamline the County's Operations for Maximum Effectiveness and Efficiency.
  3. To Enhance the County's Image Through Improved Communications.
  4. To Provide a Positive Work Environment for the County's Employees.
  5. To Increase the County's Tax Base and Job Opportunities.
  6. To Develop a Strategy Deal with Federal & State Legislative Changes.
  7. To Identify, Address, Manage, and Balance the County's Environmental Concerns.
  8. To Address Growing Community Violence.
  9. To Adapt to Changing Health Care Needs and Reforms.
  10. To Provide Increased Training & Development Opportunities.