Fillmore SWCD Board Members
Front L to R: Robert Pickett, Kathryn Tesmer, Travis Willford
Back L to R: Brian Hazel, Tim Gossman
District 1 - Brian Hazel - 2017 Vice Chair
District 1 includes Arendahl, Rushford Village, Norway and Holt townships plus the City of Lanesboro. Active Board Member since 1997. He a member of the Cost-share Committee, EQIP Local Work Group, Personnel Committee, Education Committee, Fillmore County Water Plan Advisory Board, and the Area VII SRF Joint Powers Board. His term expires December 31, 2018.
District 2 - Tim Gossman - 2017 Secretary
District 2 includes Sumner, Jordan, Spring Valley (excluding the City of Spring Valley), and Chatfield townships. Active Board Member since January 1991. He is a member of the Forestry Committee, Building Committte, and Fillmore County Water Plan Advisory Board. His term expires December 31, 2018.
District 3 -Kathy Tesmer - 2017 Treasurer
District 3 includes Fillmore, Bloomfield, Forestville, Beaver and York townships, plus the City of Spring Valley. Active board member since January, 2017. She is a member of the Finance Committee, Education/Safety Committee, Area VII SRF Joint Powers Board, and the Hiawatha Valley Resource Conservation & Development. Her term expires December 31, 2020.
District 4 - Bob Pickett - 2017 Supervisor
District 4 includes Pilot Mound, Fountain, Carrolton (excluding Lanesboro), Carimona, Preston and Bristol Townships. Active board member since January, 2017. He is a member of the Education/Safety Committee, Forestry Committee, and the Hiawatha Valley Resource Conservation & Development. His term expires December 31, 2020.
District 5 -Travis Willford - 2017 Chairman
District 5 includes Amherst, Preble, Harmony, Canton and Newburg Townships. Active board member since January 2009. He is a member of the Personnel Committee, Cost-share Committee, Building Committee, and EQIP Local Work Group. His term expires December 31, 2020.
What does it take to be a soil and water conservation district supervisor?
SWCDs are special purpose units of government that manage and direct natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work in both urban and rural settings to carry out a program for the conservation, use, and development of soil, water, and related resources.
SWCD Supervisors serve four year terms and meet monthly, discussing the business of the SWCD, distributing state grant allocations to landowners, setting conservation priorities and coordinating conservation efforts with other local units of government and state agencies. SWCD Supervisors are not paid a salary; however, they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.