Getting Started as a New Electee

Congratulations on your recent election to public office!

To help aid your transition, we have curated a library of resources specifically for you to expand your knowledge, understand your new responsibilities, and find support when you need it.

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Your Role as a Public Official

In your position as a public representative, you play a pivotal role in shaping our community's present and future. Whether as a County Commissioner, City Council Member, Mayor, or Township Supervisor, your decisions will directly impact the community you represent.

Learn more about your individual role and your influence within the community

County Commissioners are elected officials serving as the governing body for Kandiyohi County. They deliberate on county policies, budgets, and services, ensuring the county's strategic development initiatives are aligned with broader community needs.

City Council Members are elected officials who serve as the legislative body for a city. They are responsible for enacting ordinances, approving the city budget, setting tax rates, and formulating policies that dictate how the city is governed.

The Mayor serves as the executive leader of a city or municipality, overseeing the implementation of city council policies, and acting as the official representative of the city at local, state, and sometimes international events. Depending on the city's government structure, a Mayor's powers can vary significantly.

Township Officers are elected officials who govern townships. Officers are responsible for overseeing the general operation of the township, including road maintenance, land use planning, and possibly providing utilities and public safety services depending on the size and capabilities of the township.

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Resources to Support Your Journey

Explore our extensive list of resources that cover everything from understanding legislative procedures to financial literacy.

Connect with Your Representatives

Establishing connections with your fellow public representatives can help you better serve our community. Find information on your neighboring leaders and legislators on the Minnesota Legislature’s website.

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City Plan Documents

From zoning ordinances to city codes, understanding the following documents are essential for government officials. Below is a comprehensive overview of various city and county plan documents. We are here to support you every step of the way. If you have further questions or require any additional information, please don't hesitate to contact us.

A Comprehensive Plan, sometimes known as a master plan or general plan, outlines a community's vision and goals for future growth and development over a long-term period, typically 20-30 years. This document guides decision-making in areas such as land use, housing, transportation, utilities, and natural resources. It serves as the foundation for all planning and zoning decisions.

Assistance and Advocacy

Kandiyohi County Economic Development is here to support you. We can provide financial support, advocacy, and guidance to help you in your role. Learn more about the role that KCED can play by contacting us.

Ready to unlock your full potential in Kandiyohi County?

Contact us now and let Kandiyohi County Economic Development be your gateway to success.

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