During the 2018 MCIT annual meeting, then MCIT Board Chair Scott Sanders (Watonwan County Commissioner) was recognized for his service to the organization.
Sanders was appointed to the board in spring 2005 to fill the unexpired term of a departing board member. During his 14 years with MCIT, he served on every board committee and held two officer positions.
Sanders was formally elected to the board at the 2005 MCIT annual meeting and served as the secretary-treasurer from 2011 through 2012. He was elected board chair in January 2013 and served in that leadership role until his departure at the end of 2018.
During his tenure, Sanders served on the Claims Committee (12 years), Personnel Committee (eight years), Audit Committee (five years) and Governance Committee (five years).
When thanking him for his years of service, MCIT Board Vice Chair Felix Schmiesing commented on the important role Sanders played in the development and progress of the organization, specifically that Sanders challenged the board and the organization throughout his leadership.
Sanders said that he was honored to have had the opportunity to serve on the MCIT Board. He commented that MCIT has thrived and would continue to be strong because of its focus on coming together to find solutions to the risk management challenges facing county government.
Sanders remained a strong advocate for treating all members equally regardless of their size, amount of their contributions or loss experience.
Sanders’ departure creates a vacancy that will be filled pursuant to the MCIT Bylaws. The position is open to any county commissioner, auditor or auditor-treasurer of an MCIT member county. A call for candidates was issued Jan. 3.