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

  • Gary Thoennes, Chairman
    Townships: Leaf Valley, Ida, La Grande, Lake Mary
  • Paul Barsness, Vice-Chairman
    Townships: Lund, Evansville, Urness, Solem
  • Bill Dropik, Secretary
    Townships: Miltona, Carlos, Alexandria, Hudson
  • Mike Cleary, Treasurer
    Townships: Millerville, Brandon, Moe, and Holmes City
  • Ken Rutten, Employee Relations
    Townships: Spruce Hill, Belle River, Osakis, Orange


Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Staff:


Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS) Staff