With the resignation of Waseca County Commissioner Dan Kuhns from the MCIT Board of Directors in May, a call for candidates was sent to all county commissioners, auditors and auditor-treasures. During its July meeting, the MCIT Board interviewed two individuals from a pool of six candidates.
At the conclusion of the interviews, Winona County Commissioner Marcia Ward was appointed to the board of directors with a unanimous vote. Commissioner Ward’s first meeting is in August. Per MCIT Bylaws, Ward will serve until the next annual meeting, at which time the unexpired term will be filled by election. The term ends Dec. 31, 2020.
Ward began serving as a Winona County commissioner in 2002. Her years of service have included participation on numerous boards and committees. Most recently she has participated in the Emergency Management Services Joint Powers Board; Root River One Watershed, One Plan Committee; Regional Emergency Communication Committee; and the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-county Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board.
Ward also served as the Association of Minnesota County’s District 9 director until last spring. AMC honored Ward last December with its President’s Award in recognition of her “years of dedicated service and exemplary leadership in county government.”
Ward has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota. Prior to public service, she and her husband owned and operated a small business in Wisconsin for 25 years, and raised livestock and small grains for feed on her rural Winona county farm.