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 Froemming
      Townships: Leaf Valley, Ida, La Grande, Lake Mary
    • Bill Dropik, Secretary
      Townships: 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