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Board Holds 2018 Organizational Meeting

January 30, 2018

Scott Sanders, MCIT Board Chair
Scott Sanders, MCIT Board Chair
Felix Schmiesing, MCIT Board Vice-chair
Felix Schmiesing, MCIT Board Vice-chair
Don Diedrich, MCIT Board Secretary-Treasurer
Don Diedrich, MCIT Board Secretary-Treasurer

After calling the January meeting of the MCIT Board of Directors to order, Chair Scott Sanders turned the gavel to Executive Director Robyn Sykes to conduct the election for the position of board chair. On a unanimous ballot, board members elected Sanders as the chair for 2018.

Sanders, Watonwan County Commissioner, has served in this capacity since 2013. During 2011 and 2012 he was Trust secretary-treasurer. Since joining the board in 2005, Sanders has served on every MCIT committee. In 2018, he will take a leadership role on the Claims, Personnel and Audit committees.

Sherburne County Commissioner Felix Schmiesing was once again elected on a unanimous ballot to serve as vice-chair. This is his sixth year serving as vice-chair and his 12th year on the board. During 2018, he will also serve on the Personnel, Claims and Audit committees.

Don Diedrich, Polk County Commissioner, was also unanimously elected to serve as secretary-treasurer. This is his second year in this position. Even with the long drive from Polk County, Diedrich will continue to be an active member of the Governance Committee in 2018.

With the election of officers completed, Sanders acted on committee appointments for 2018.

Claims Committee

The Claims Committee reviews reports prepared by the claims handling team concerning the frequency and severity of pending claims, reviews large losses, reviews litigation strategy, meets with defense attorneys to review claims, and ratifies defense strategy on large claims.

  • Scott Sanders, Watonwan County Commissioner
  • Felix Schmiesing, Sherburne County Commissioner
  • Dan Kuhns, Waseca County Commissioner
  • Randy Schreifels, Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee meets to discuss the addition, deletion or modification of coverage, which includes the cost of coverage, reinsurance, member input, developing case law and any other factors that can influence coverage provided by MCIT. The committee considers changes to the MCIT Bylaws and Joint Powers Agreement if needed. This committee also reviews new services and products.

  • Richard Downham, Cass County Commissioner
  • Don Diedrich, Polk County Commissioner
  • Ron Antony, Yellow Medicine County Commissioner
  • Charles Enter, Brown County Administrator

Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee oversees MCIT’s personnel administration, including issues related to employment, salary, benefits and personnel policies, and hears employee grievances when necessary.

  • Scott Sanders, Watonwan County Commissioner
  • Felix Schmiesing, Sherburne County Commissioner
  • Charles Enter, Brown County Administrator
  • Kevin Corbid, Washington County Auditor

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee meets with MCIT’s independent audit firm to discuss projects and workflow of the annual audit prior to the initiation of the audit, reviews any issues of concern relative to MCIT’s financial responsibilities and reviews the results of the annual audit prior to its presentation to the MCIT Board.

  • Scott Sanders, Watonwan County Commissioner
  • Felix Schmiesing, Sherburne County Commissioner
  • Randy Schreifels, Stearns County Auditor
  • Kevin Corbid, Washington County Auditor

2018 Meetings

During 2018 the MCIT Board of Directors will hold its regular meetings the second Friday of the month. Members are reminded they can find the agenda for coming MCIT Board meetings by visiting MCIT’s web site (MCIT.org) under About MCIT. The agenda is posted a week before the meeting. Approved board minutes are also posted on the MCIT website.

Members are encouraged to contact Sykes at rsykes@mcit.org or 1.866.547.6516, ext. 6408 with questions regarding board meetings, committee meetings or other board issues.


Enter Reappointed to MCIT Board

Head shot of Charles Enter
Charles Enter

Brown County Administrator Charles Enter was reappointed to the MCIT Board in January for another term. Enter has served on the board since May 2012. Enter also serves on the MCIT Governance and Personnel Committees.

The MCIT Bylaws require that a county administrator or coordinator serve on the Board of Directors. Unlike the other members who are elected at large by the membership, this individual is appointed by the MCIT Board Chair upon a recommendation from the Minnesota Association of County Administrators. The appointee serves a two-year term and is eligible for reappointment for successive two-year terms.