Commissioner Gary Kriesel Elected Washington County Board Chair in 2015

The Washington County Board on Tuesday elected District 3 Commissioner Gary Kriesel to serve as the board chair for 2015.

Kriesel was elected in November 2004, and re-elected in 2008 and again in 2012. He retired from Xcel Energy (formerly Northern States Power) after 33 years and served two years on the Stillwater City Council. Kriesel is a U.S. Navy veteran and has been an active member in many civic organizations and on advisory boards of Washington County.

During the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting, county commissioners Ted Bearth and Karla Bigham were sworn into office. Bearth was re-elected to the District 2 seat in last November’s election. Bigham was elected to the District 4 seat.

Bearth was elected vice chair. Bearth was first elected to the Oakdale City Council in 1974, and has spent 26 years as either a city council member or mayor. He is retired from American Can in St. Paul, where he worked for 34 years, and was the park manager in the city of Landfall for more than seven years.

Sheriff William Hutton is sworn in by Judge Gary Schurrer

Sheriff William Hutton is sworn in by Judge Gary Schurrer, as wife Sara Hutton looks on.

Washington County Sheriff William Hutton and County Attorney Pete Orput were both sworn into office, both to a second term which they received during the November election.

County Attorney Peter Orput is sworn in by Judge John Hoffman

County Attorney Peter Orput is sworn in by Judge John Hoffman.

Commissioner Ted Bearth, District 2, was elected vice chair. Bearth was first elected to the Oakdale City Council in 1974, and has spent 26 years as either a city council member or mayor. He is retired from American Can in St. Paul, where he worked for 34 years, and was the park manager in the City of Landfall for more than seven years.

Commissioner Ted Bearth sworn in by Judge Gary Schurrer

Commissioner Ted Bearth, District 2, sworn in by Judge Gary Schurrer.

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