Anoka County Commissioner Scott Schulte was elected chair of the Anoka County Board of Commissioners for the remainder of 2019 at the board’s regular meeting May 28. Commissioner Julie Braastad was elected vice chair. Schulte resigned from his vice chair duties and took the chair post with a unanimous vote. Braastad was named vice chair by a 6-1 vote; Commissioner Mandy Meisner had nominated Commissioner Matt Look as vice chair, but her motion was not voted on because it did not gain a second.
Schulte replaces Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah as chair, who stepped down from the post at the meeting. Sivarajah was named the new county administrator at the board’s May 14 meeting; she will begin serving the county in that capacity June 12. She had served as chair since 2011 and has been a commissioner, representing District 6, on the board since 2003.
“I appreciate the confidence my colleagues have in me to serve as the chair of the Anoka County Board of Commissioners,” Schulte said in a press release. “I’d like to thank Commissioner Sivarajah for her years of leadership as chair. I will do my best in my new position to ensure meetings continue to be run in a professional manner. I’m looking forward to the new opportunities and challenges that come with being county board chair.”