Edmonds appointed to joint powers board

Jack Edmonds, chairman of the Mille Lacs County Board of Commissioners, was recently appointed to the Central Minnesota Joint Powers Board (JPB).

The JPB, in partnership with the Central Minnesota Workforce Investment Board, is responsible for the policy guidance and oversight of all job training and job placement activities in the 11-county Central Minnesota Workforce Service 5 (WSA 5). WSA 5 includes Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Pine, Renville, Sherburne, and Wright counties. Edmonds succeeds retiring Mille Lacs County Commissioner and JPB member Frank Courteau.

Edmonds is in his eighth year as Mille Lacs County Commissioner. He represents District 1, city of Princeton.

He is a member of the Princeton City Planning Commission, the East Central Regional Library Board, East Central Regional Development Commission, the Central Minnesota Council on Aging, the Mille Lacs County Agricultural Society (Fair Board), Mille Lacs County Extension Committee, Mille Lacs County Food Emergency and Shelter, Mille Lacs Water Management, and Mille Lacs Equal Rights Foundation.

Edmonds served six years on the Airport Advisory Board and continues to attend as a public interest representative. He is currently on the Mille Lacs County Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and a member of three of its ad hoc committees: intergovernmental relations, transportation, and agriculture and forestry.

“Updating the comprehensive plan is one of my priorities,” said Edmonds. “It hasn’t been updated since 1990. The new plan will focus the county on supporting industry and job creation which matches the goals of the Central Minnesota Joint Powers Board. As a member of the Joint Powers Board, my goals are to enable as many people as possible to get back to work and to enter job training opportunities, when needed, to further their working careers.”

Edmonds is a lifelong resident of Princeton. He and his wife Doris have two adult, married children and two grandchildren. He works in the family trucking business, hauling milk.