National Association of Counties (NACo) President Sallie Clark recently named special appointments to policy committees and leadership positions for the association following the organization’s annual conference held in July 2015.
The following is a list of Blue Earth County elected officials reflecting 2015 NACo committee appointments and leadership positions:
Commissioner Vance Stuehrenberg.
Blue Earth County Commissioner and Board Chair Vance Stuehrenberg was re-appointed to his fourth term on the NACo Transportation Steering Committee. Along with the appointment, Commissioner Stuehrenberg was newly named Chair of the Airport Subcommittee and will be responsible for leading policy discussions and work on behalf of the overall Transportation Steering Committee as it navigates working with legislators on an upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill. Stuehrenberg has been a strong advocate for transportation issues and locally has been on the Mankato Airport Commission for nine years.
Commissioner Will Purvis.
Blue Earth County Commissioner Will Purvis was renamed by President Sallie Clark to the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee for 2015. Purvis was first appointed to the committee in 2007 and has a long tenure of criminal justice/public safety experience from serving on the Public Safety Committee for the Association of Minnesota Counties and his prior career experience as a retired law enforcement officer.
Commissioner Drew Campbell.
Blue Earth County Commissioner Drew Campbell was newly named to the NACo Health Committee, dealing with health and welfare issues. This includes disease and injury prevention, health promotion, finance delivery of health care, long-term care, behavioral health services, substance abuse prevention and treatment and services for persons with developmental disabilities. Campbell has been involved with several other committees at the local level focusing on health and human service-related topics. This is Campbell’s first appointment to a committee at the national level for NACo.
Collectively, both Commissioners Vance Stuehrenberg and Drew Campbell serve on the Rural Action Caucus (RAC) committee, which is an advocacy group affiliated with NACo that brings forward the issues of rural counties. Stuehrenberg is in his third year and Campbell is in his first year of committee work with RAC. Past Blue Earth County Board Member and former President of the National Association of Counties Colleen Landkamer was instrumental in the formation of RAC in 1997.
Blue Earth County is known for its active membership in NACo and bringing forth local issues to the federal level through involvement in association conferences, workshops, initiatives and committee work.
Staff members Patty O’Connor, Director of Taxpayer Services and Jessica Beyer, Communications Manager & Business Analyst are also engaged on national committees with NACo. O’Connor recently completed a long tenure on the NACo Board of Directors related to her representation with the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC) and was reappointed in 2015 to the NACo Information and Technology Standing Committee and the Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee. Formerly she was Vice Chair of the Elections Subcommittee of Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee. Beyer was recently named President of the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) an affiliate organization of NACo. With her two-year presidency, she will serve as a member of the NACo Board of Directors. Beyer was also renamed to her eighth year on the NACo Resilient Counties Initiative Committee where she was formerly a Vice Chair and will embark on her first year serving the Information and Technology Standing Committee.
Blue Earth County currently has representation on four of the ten main NACo policy committees in addition to involvement on related standing committees and initiatives at the national level.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,066 counties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public's understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. For more information about NACo, visit www.naco.org.