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Board elects new chair; Weik chosen as vice-chair

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The selection of a new Washington County Board Chair marked the start of 2012 for commissioners in Stillwater on this week.

Commissioners elected Dennis Hegberg, whose District 1 includes Forest Lake, to serve as Board Chairman for 2012. He replaces Gary Kriesel, of Stillwater, who served in the position that traditionally rotates among Board members during 2011.

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Commissioner Lisa Weik, who represents much of Woodbury, will serve as the Washington County Board Vice-Chair in 2012.

"I think you've done an outstanding job with your leadership," Hegberg told Kriesel after the Board awarded the outgoing chair a plaque at the conclusion of Tuesday's board meeting.

Hegberg -- who has served more than 20 years as a county commissioner -- will lead the Board during a year when it will select a replacement for retiring County Administrator Jim Schug, who leaves his post later this month. It is also a year when the redrawing of election boundaries will likely mean all five commissioners face re-election campaigns in the fall.

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