Four board seats are up for election at the MCIT annual meeting Dec. 9 in St. Cloud at the Best Western Kelly Inn (adjacent to the River’s Edge Convention Center). Every year members’ voting delegates have the opportunity to elect their representatives to the MCIT Board of Directors during this meeting.
The MCIT Board of Directors is responsible to set the strategic direction of MCIT, oversee the operation of the organization, represent the Trust as an ambassador and be a spokesperson for the organization. The board generally meets each month, and members also serve on committees as needed.
Incumbents Seek to Hold Positions
Seat A is held by incumbent Sherburne County Commissioner Felix Schmiesing, who is seeking re-election to a four-year term (expires Dec. 31, 2023). Schmiesing began his service on the board in January 2007. During his tenure, he has been a member of the Claims Committee (2009-2019), Personnel Committee (2008, 2013-2019), Audit Committee (2014-2019) and the Governance Committee (2012). Schmiesing served as secretary-treasurer (2013) and vice chair (2013-2018) before being elected chair in 2019. He continues to serve in that position.
Seat B is held by incumbent Stearns County Auditor-treasurer Randy Schreifels, who is seeking re-election to a four-year term (expires Dec. 31, 2023). Schreifels was appointed to the board in 2013 to fill an unexpired term. Since joining the board, Schreifels has served on the Audit Committee (2014-2019) and the Claims Committee (2017-2019). He continues to serve on both committees.
Seat C is held by Jackson County Commissioner Don Wachal. Wachal was appointed to the MCIT Board in March 2019 to fill the unexpired term of former Watonwan County Commissioner Scott Sanders, which expires Dec. 31, 2019. Wachal is seeking election to his first four-year term that expires Dec. 31, 2023. Wachal was first elected to his seat as a Jackson County Commissioner in 2015. He has served on a number of committees and served in the capacity of Jackson County board chair in 2018.
Seat D is held by Winona County Commissioner Marcia Ward. Ward was appointed to the MCIT board in July 2019 to fill the unexpired term of former Waseca County Commissioner Dan Kuhns when he left the board earlier this year. Ward is seeking election to complete the four-year term that expires Dec. 31, 2020. Ward was first elected to her seat as a Winona County commissioner in 2002 and serves on numerous boards and committees.
Call for Candidates
Any county commissioner, auditor or auditor-treasurer interested in being a candidate for the MCIT Board may submit a letter of interest and qualifications to the MCIT Nominating Committee, 100 Empire Drive, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55103-1885 or to email@example.com by the close of business Nov. 7. The committee reviews all submissions.
MCIT is governed by a board of nine individuals elected or appointed from counties that participate in the Trust. Eight of the board seats are at-large positions with staggered four-year terms that can be filled by either a county commissioner or a county auditor/auditor-treasurer. The remaining seat is filled by appointment of the board based upon a recommendation from the Minnesota Association of County Administrators.
Details about the election and the roles and responsibilities of an MCIT Board member will be mailed to commissioners, auditors and auditor-treasurers the week of Oct. 7.
Questions regarding the election can be directed to MCIT Deputy Director Steve Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll-free at 1.866.547.6516, ext. 6411.