Our First Newsletter

chris latondresse


  January 8, 2021

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

Earlier this week, I officially took the oath of office to serve as Commissioner for Hennepin County District 6. I was also appointed by the board to serve as Chair for Hennepin Health, Vice-Chair of Public Safety, Vice-Chair of the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, and Co-Chair for Heading Home Hennepin with Commissioner Angela Conley. 

I firmly believe strong government starts with all of us working together and am excited to be a part of this once-in-a-generation body of elected leaders as one of three new incoming Commissioners. This board has the opportunity to make bold progress for our communities so we can come out of this pandemic stronger than before. When people come together, meaningful change happens and I am confident in our ability to lead boldly and compassionately into the future.

Our neighbors like our local governments have been tested like never before and we need good government that works with and for us more than ever. In the midst of a painful and challenging year, Minnesotans have proven courageous, resilient, and most of all, kind. The ways in which we have joined together offers us a blueprint for the ways in which we can move closer to the promise of equal justice and opportunity for all. 

I am ready to get to work and build a better future for all of us. Through smart investments that uplift our communities and compassion for our neighbors, we can and must create a brighter future.

I welcome your questions, comments, and thoughts as I step into this new leadership role representing our community.



Commissioner LaTondresse takes the oath of office

Board Assignments

Commissioner LaTondresse will lead and serve in the following roles:

  • Hennepin Health, Chair
  • Public Safety, Vice Chair
  • Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA), Vice Chair
  • Heading Home Hennepin, Co-chair
  • Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA)
  • Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAP-HC) Board
  • Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB)
  • Southwest Light Rail Transit Community Works Steering Committee
  • Southwest Light Rail Transit Corridor Management Committee
  • I35W Solution Alliance
  • Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) as a voting delegate
  • Joint Committee on Community Corrections (Bench/Board)
  • Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
  • Public Art and Community Engagement Southwest (PLACES)
  • Anthony Falls Heritage Board
  • Blake Station Redevelopment Subcommittee
  • Meet Minneapolis
  • Light Rail Transit Executive Change Control Board, as an alternate
  • Partnership on Solid Waste and Energy Issues, as an alternate
  • Executive Change Control Board, as an alternate
A woman wearing a mask flips the open sign on a door

Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Application Deadline is January 14

Small business and nonprofit relief grant applications are now available to those that have been financially harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic with a Thursday, January 14 12:00pm deadline.

A total of $24.6 million in relief funding was given to Hennepin County by the State of Minnesota to support businesses and nonprofits impacted by the pandemic and related state restrictions.

Eligible businesses and nonprofits can apply for grant amounts as follows: 

  • Sole proprietors with a physical commercial location and no W-2 employees: $10,000
  • Home-based businesses with W-2 employees: $10,000
  • Organizations with a commercial location and W-2 employees, other than an owner: $15,000

Businesses that received a previous small business relief grant from Hennepin County are eligible to apply for additional funding this round. However, priority will be given to first time applicants. 

Please review the application guidelines to see if you are eligible before applying. Guidelines and applications are posted on the Small Business Relief
Fund page: https://www.hennepin.us/business-support 

For questions about the application form, contact sbrtechsupport@hennepin.us For additional questions, contact economic.development@hennepin.us


New commissioners, Debbie Goettel take Hennepin County Board oaths

Commissioner LaTondresse takes the oath of office

. . .Three new members of the Hennepin County Board took their oaths of office Jan. 4. The three newcomers are District 1 Commissioner Jeff Lunde, of Brooklyn Park; District 6 Commissioner Chris LaTondresse, of Hopkins; and District 7 Commissioner Kevin Anderson, of Maple Grove.

About District 6

District 6 map

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners consists of one commissioner from each of seven districts. I am proud to represent Deephaven, north Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, northern Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring ParkTonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland.

County information

Chris LaTondresse
6th District

Jessica Oaxaca
District Director

Kyle Olson
Policy Director


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