Three Washington County commissioners were sworn into office Jan. 3 after being re-elected in November.
Commissioners Gary Kriesel (District 3), Fran Miron (District 1) and Lisa Weik (District 5) were sworn into four-year terms.
Commissioner Kriesel was first elected in November 2004 to represent the residents of District 3. He was re-elected in 2008, 2012, and again, in 2016. He retired from Xcel Energy (formerly Northern States Power) after 33 years, and served two years on the Stillwater City Council. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and has been an active member in many civic organizations and advisory boards of Washington County.
Commissioner Miron was first elected to the County Board from District 1 in 2012, and re-elected in 2016. He has served more than 24 years in elected office, including 16 years as the mayor of Hugo and four years as a Hugo city council member, as well as his time as county commissioner. He is a graduate of Forest Lake Area High School. He owns and operates the Miron Family Dairy & Crop Farm with his family.
Commissioner Weik was elected to serve the residents of District 5 in a special election in November 2008. She was re-elected in 2010, 2012, and again, in 2016. She has served as a parent volunteer for the Woodbury Athletic Association and Woodbury Schools. Weik has a business background in medical device compliance and as a healthcare professional in clinical laboratory medicine. She is active in the Woodbury Lion’s Club and is a member of the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce.
In December, Stan Karwoski was sworn in as the District 2 Washington County commissioner. Karwoski will fill the seat that was vacated by Ted Bearth when he died in March. Because Karwoski is filling a vacant seat, he was sworn in immediately after the vote was canvassed and the election was certified.
Karwoski, a native of St. Paul, and has lived in Oakdale since 1987. He is a retired 38-year employee of Graco, Inc., where he was a principal designer. He holds five design patents. Karwoski was serving his fourth term on the Oakdale City Council when elected mayor in 2014. He is past president and current member of the 622 Education Foundation, and past chairman and member of the Washington County Park and Open Space Commission.