Supervisors and Staff

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are political subdivisions of the State. Supervisors serve four year staggered terms; generally, two or three of an SWCD’s five supervisors are up for election every two years. As local elected officials, the SWCD Board of Supervisors appear on the November ballot as a nonpartisan office.

SWCD boards set overall policy and long-term objectives for their district and work with the SWCD staff to see that policies and plans are implemented. Douglas County is divided into five “supervisor nomination districts” to ensure the land and water issues across the geographic distribution are conveyed.

The Douglas SWCD Board of Supervisors

    • Back Row (L-R)
  • Mike Cleary, Treasurer
    Townships: Millerville, Brandon, Moe, and Holmes City
  • Rod Froeming
    Townships: Leaf Valley, Ida, La Grande, Lake Mary
  • Bill Dropik, Secretary
    Towhships: Miltona, Carlos, Alexandria, Hudson
    • Front Row (L-R)
    • Paul Barsness, Chairman
      Townships: Lund, Evansville, Urness, Solem
    • Ken Rutten, Employee Relations & Vice – Chairman
      Townships: Spruce Hill, Belle River, Osakis, Orange

    Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Staff:

    Jerry Haggenmiller,
    District Coordinator
    Andy Rice,
    Project Coordinator
    Danielle Anderson,
    Water Planner/Land Use Technician
    Kasey Jenc,
    Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist
    Starla Arceneau,
    District Secretary
    Jessica Albertsen,
    Education Outreach Coordinator
    Ian Olson,
    Conservation Planner

    Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Staff

    Cory Walker,
    Conservation Service Team Leader
    Kevin Behrens,
    Soil Conservation Technician
    • Position Open, Farm Bill Technician Aid
    • Position Open, Conservation Program Manager
    • Position Open, Soil Conservation Technician
    • Position Open, Soil Conservation Technician