Efforts to fill the vacancy created with the departure of Watonwan County Commissioner Scott Sanders at the end of 2018 culminated at the March 8 MCIT Board meeting with the appointment of Jackson County Commissioner Don Wachal to the board.
Wachal was selected from a pool of eight candidates, four of whom were interviewed by the MCIT Board during the March meeting.
Commissioner Wachal will complete the term of Sanders, which expires Dec. 31, 2019. He is required to stand for election at the 2019 MCIT Annual Meeting if he wants to pursue a new four-year term. Wachal joins the board for its May meeting.
Kuhns, Enter Depart
As Wachal joins MCIT, Waseca County Commissioner Dan Kuhns and Brown County Administrator Charles (Chuck) Enter unexpectedly announced their departures from the board.
Kuhns accepted a position in the Waseca County auditor’s office in March, which required his resignation as county commissioner. This resignation precludes his continued service on the MCIT Board. The board will discuss this vacancy during its May 10 meeting.
Enter advised he is leaving Brown County at the end of May. Enter’s position will be filled pursuant to the MCIT Bylaws, which provides that the Minnesota Association of County Administrators will recommend a county administrator or coordinator. The appointment is subject to approval by the board. Enter’s replacement will join the MCIT Board in June.
About Don Wachal
Don Wachal began serving as a Jackson County commissioner in 2015. He has been a lifelong resident of the county where he and his wife have raised four children.
During his career, he has worked for John Deere, Farmers Insurance and is presently a real estate sales agent. He continues actively to participate with community events, youth activities and city functions.
As commissioner, he has served on a number of committees including, parks and trails, fair board, extension, law library, planning and zoning, regional solid waste and transportation. He was board chair in 2018.
In applying for the MCIT Board, he offered that he “commits time and effort into everything … and hope(s) to continue” by contributing to MCIT.