District Court Judge Jodi Williamson administers the oath of office to County Attorney Paul Kiltinen.
By Karen Jorgensen News Editor
Organizing for 2015 is under way in Dodge County. The Dodge County Board convened Jan. 6 for a statutory meeting to swear in commissioners and county officials and organize for 2015. County boards in Minnesota are required by statute to hold a meeting on the first Tuesday after the first Monday each January. The Dodge County Board regularly meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Third District Court Judge Jodi Williamson was on hand to administer the oaths of office to Commissioners Rodney Peterson and Tim Tjosaas and County Attorney Paul Kiltinen, who were re-elected in last November's election, and to Sheriff Scott Rose, who was elected to his first term. The board also reviewed and reaffirmed the Dodge County mission and vision. The county board has approved the board's mission "to efficiently operate within a budget while providing excellent service, maintaining a rural character, and preparing the county to operate effectively for years to come." The vision, board members reaffirmed, is that "Dodge County provides services the community and the staff take pride in." Commissioner John Allen was elected chairman for 2015 with Steven Gray as vice chairman. Board members each took their turn commenting on the year just passed and their goals for the future. "I'm looking forward to 2015," said Commissioner David Erickson. Tjosaas also said he was looking forward to 2015 and pointed out that 2014 was a year of transition for him as he had been appointed to the board early in the year to serve until the November election. He was filling the vacancy created by the death of his father, Lyle Tjosaas. Tjosaas sees Dodge County as facing pressure from both east and west sides of the county in coming years and hopes he can help lead the county through the changes that are coming. Gray said he believes the board has done well in addressing issues facing the county and is looking forward to completion of the building renovations currently underway and also to continuing to be an advocate for Highway 14. In other routine beginning-of-the-year business the board set meeting dates for 2015. The board continued the schedule of the county board meeting the second and fourth Tuesday's of each month and the board as the Fairview Care Center Board on the third Tuesday of the month. In one departure from previous years, the board's second meeting of the month will begin with committee meetings at 3:30 p.m., followed by the regular board meeting at 5 p.m. The first meeting of the month will continue with committee meetings at 8 a.m. and the regular board meeting at 9:30 a.m. The Fairview Care Center Board meets at 9 a.m. The board also agreed to committee assignments for a variety of committees and agencies.