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Current Special Committees

 
 

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2022 County Board Chair, Commissioner Paul McDonald

County Board Chair Initiated Committees
The County Board Chair has the authority to create special committees, or subcommittees of the County Board, to address various priorities or topics. Current committees include:

 
Opioid Remediation Advisory Committee
This committee serves to prioritize use of settlement funds from the national class action lawsuit involving several prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors. The purpose is to offer guidance on directing funds across broad categories including prevention, criminal justice, treatment and recovery, and harm reduction to achieve meaningful, long-term impact.
County Commissioners serving on this committee include Patrick Boyle, Ashley Grimm and Mike Jugovich. The Opioid Remediation Advisory Committee includes citizens with professional and/or lived experience relating to opioids, as well as staff from Public Health and Human Services, the Sheriff's Office and County Attorney's Office.
 

 
Depot Operations Committee
This Committee is responsible for providing guidance/support for the Depot vision and to serve as advisors for existing and potentially new Depot initiatives. This group also is currently reviewing the role and alignment of tenants to Depot vision.
County Commissioners serving on this committee include Ashley Grimm, Frank Jewell and Paul McDonald. The Depot Operations Committee also includes relevant staff from the Depot and County Administration.

 

 
Below is the virtual information regarding the Depot Operations Committee Monday, Aug. 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Duluth Government Services Center - Lake Superior Room.

 
Joint Powers Committee
This Committee is responsible for reviewing existing Joint Powers Agreements involving the County and to determine if new criteria is needed for any new contracts with other governmental units.
County Commissioners serving on this committee include Patrick Boyle, Frank Jewell and Mike Jugovich. The Joint Powers Committee also includes relevant staff from County Administration.

 
St. Louis County Tom Rukavina Mineral Royalties Scholarship Committee
The St. Louis County Board established a Mineral Royalties Scholarship program in 2017, designating $150,000 each year for scholarships for St. Louis County students attending Mesabi Range College, Hibbing Community College, Vermilion Community College or Lake Superior College. Scholarship applications are handled by the Foundation Offices at each college. This committee oversees the scholarship program to determine when any changes are needed.
County Commissioners serving on this committee include Keith Nelson, Keith Musolf, and Paul McDonald. The Mineral Royalties Scholarship Committee also includes the Director of HR and Administration and staff from County Administration.