Becker County Board of Commissioners
From left to right:
John Okeson, Larry Knutson, Don Skarie, Ben Grimsley, Barry Nelson
The Becker County Board of Commissioners is elected to four year staggered
terms from five commissioner Districts within the County. The Board
selects a Chair and Vice Chair annually. The Becker County Commission,
with respect to the diversity of its members, districts, and
constituents, and within the confines of all statutes, rules, and
regulations, is charged with providing overall management of all Becker
County Departments through the establishment of policies, priorities,
and goals. This role involves representing the constituents in five
commissioner districts. It also involves representing Becker County at
the state level through interactions with the legislators and
administrative departments. The County commissioners act to provide
fair, efficient, and effective services to the residents of Becker
The Board of Commissioners, in conjunction with all Becker
County Departments, established a number of priority goals for the
organization. The most important of all goals is to provide financial
stability for Becker County. This includes not only an enhancement of
the present financial situation, but also includes expansion of the tax
base and job opportunities through economic development and important
interactions with the state government regarding inter-governmental
finances and mandated services. Other goals are closely related to
financial stability by relating efficiencies, effectiveness, more
productive employees, and a better County image. Goals are as follows:
- To Provide Financial Stability for the County.
- To Streamline the County's Operations for Maximum Effectiveness and
- To Enhance the County's Image Through Improved Communications.
- To Provide a Positive Work Environment for the County's Employees.
- To Increase the County's Tax Base and Job Opportunities.
- To Develop a Strategy Deal with Federal & State Legislative Changes.
- To Identify, Address, Manage, and Balance the County's Environmental
- To Address Growing Community Violence.
- To Adapt to Changing Health Care Needs and Reforms.
- To Provide Increased Training & Development Opportunities.