Six of the seven Anoka County Board members were sworn into office at the board’s 2013 organizational meeting Tuesday morning.
They include two newcomers to the board – Julie Braastad and Scott Schulte, who beat incumbents Andy Westerberg and Dan Erhart in districts 2 and 7, respectively, at the November general election.
Braastad was serving her second four-year term on the Ham Lake City Council, while Schulte had completed his third four-year term on the Coon Rapids City Council.
Four incumbent county board members who earned re-election in November were also sworn in Jan. 8 – Matt Look, Ramsey, in District 1; Robyn West, Blaine, in District 3; Carol LeDoux, Coon Rapids, in District 5; and Rhonda Sivarajah, Lino Lakes, in District 6.
Only County Commissioner Jim Kordiak, Fridley, in District 4 was not on the ballot at the 2012 general election; he is in the middle of a four-year term.
Sivarajah was unanimously re-elected chairperson of the board; this will be her third year in that position.
“I am honored and privileged to be elected chairperson and I appreciate the support of my peers,” Sivarajah said.
“I am looking forward to a wonderful 2013. We have a fabulous team.”
There was a change in the board’s vice chairperson where Look was elected unanimously. West had been vice chairperson the previous two years.
According to Sivarajah, who makes the appointment to the county board’s various committees, she has named West as chairperson of the Public Works Committee, a position previously held by Westerberg, now no longer on the board.
Chairing the Public Works Committee is a major assignment and very time consuming, Sivarajah said.
West was also reappointed chairperson of three of the board’s standing committees – Management, Information Technology and Intergovernmental and Community Relations.
Kordiak chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Waste Management and Energy Committee, with LeDoux heading the Public Safety Committee and Look the Finance and Capital Improvements Committee.
Besides chairing the county board, Sivarajah is also chairperson of the Human Services Committee.
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