Correction: County board actions: community policing partnership expanded to Crystal, federal legislative platform approved, citizen advisory board candidates appointed, system approved to save on affordable housing administrative costs


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Correction: This version includes revised links under the “Funding will expand community policing to Crystal” and “Federal legislative platform approved” headings.



Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

County board actions

Votes expanded a community policing partnership to the City of Crystal, approved the county's federal legislative platform, appointed members to citizen advisory boards and approved participation in a system that will save thousands on affordable housing costs.

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Funding will expand community policing to Crystal

The board approved $120,000 of funding to extend a partnership to the City of Crystal that builds ties between law enforcement and local cultural communities.

Crystal will join six Hennepin County cities already belonging to the Joint Community Police Partnership. Each partnering city employs a community liaison, recruits and trains cadets and community service officers, provides cultural awareness training for officers, hosts community meetings and meets with diverse groups of community leaders to discuss community policing.

Read more about expanding the partnership to Crystal.

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Federal legislative platform approved

The board approved the 2017 federal legislative platform asking Minnesota members of Congress to support the county’s safety-net health services, health and human services, transportation, criminal justice and housing and economic development requests. 

Read the summary of Hennepin County's federal legislative platform.

Candidates appointed to citizen advisory boards

The board appointed the following residents to citizen advisory boards.

County Extension Committee Board

  • Jose Gullien

Human Resources Board

  • Alvaro Giraud-Issacson

Library Board

  • Katherine Blauvelt
  • Christopher Damsgard
  • Timothy Dolan

Three Rivers Park District Board

  • Steven Antolak

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Board

  • Gwen Janes 
  • Pete Parris
  • Vonnie Phillips
  • Khadija Zeig
  • Jeffry Wosje
  • James Dow
  • Jessica Bachaus
  • Oksana O'Neill
  • Christy Kierstead

Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Board

  • Grace Sheely

Learn about Hennepin County's citizen advisory boards.

County to save thousands on affordable housing legal costs

The board approved county participation in MinnDocs, a system that will save money and staff time by consolidating legal documents for affordable housing projects.

By offering one set of loan documents to developers receiving loans from multiple public funding sources, MinnDocs could reduce affordable housing legal costs by approximately $10,000 per lender, per project. Hennepin County will work with local housing finance agencies to develop this system.

Read more about MinnDocs.

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