Affiliates & Other Partner Organizations

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Local Public Health Association of Minnesota (LPHA) 
The mission of the Local Public Health Association (LPHA) is to improve and protect the health of the population of Minnesota by providing leadership and advocacy on behalf of public health issues. All county and city health departments in Minnesota are members of LPHA, as are several tribal governments. Each member department may appoint up to four representatives to LPHA, and these members are typically the directors and top managers of local public health departments. LPHA is an affiliate organization of the Association of Minnesota Counties, with an average annual membership of 215 local public health leaders.
Contact: Kari Oldfield, Director
AMC, 125 Charles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651-789-4354, Fax: 651-224-6540
Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers (MAAO)
The Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers is an organization that furthers the work of assessment personnel by advancing practical assessment procedures, improving the standard of assessment practices and informing the public and assessment personnel on assessment functions and appraisal processes. MAAO also actively engages in the promotion and coordination of assessing education in the state of Minnesota.

Contact: Emily Squyres, Education Coordinator
Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers

Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (MACCAC)
The Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (MACCAC) is a voluntary membership association of counties, which have chosen to deliver all correctional services through Minnesota Statute 401 (Community Corrections Act). The organization is governed by a board of directors chosen from the delegates  appointed by each jurisdiction. Delegates may be county commissioners, members of the CCA advisory boards or staff of the county. The Association is dedicated to furthering the goals of the Community Corrections Act through local, state and federal policies. As of 2016, all 20 CCA jurisdictions  (representing 33 counties) belong to MACCAC.

Contact: Carli Stark, Director

AMC, 125 Charles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651-789-4345, Fax: 651-224-6540
Minnesota Association of County Administrators (MACA)
The Minnesota Association of County Administrators is affiliated with the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC). MACA assists AMC on matters having an impact on county government; acts as a forum for sharing knowledge, information and experience among the members of the Association; assists AMC member counties with the establishment or improvement of effective county administration in Minnesota; and encourages continued educational and training opportunities in county administration. Members: 65 (includes associate administrators and emeritus members).

Contact: Matt Hilgart, AMC Policy Analyst

Phone: 651-789-4343, Fax: 651-224-6540

Jill Suurmeyer, Research Analyst
AMC, 125 Charles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651-789-4357

Minnesota Association of County Agricultural Inspectors (MACAI)
Contact: Robert Dunning, MACAI President
455 – 28th Ave. S., Waite Park MN 56387
Phone: 320-493-2396

Minnesota Association of County Land Commissioners (MACLC)
The Minnesota Association of County Land Commissioners (MACLC) was formally organized in 1984. The county land commissioner has the primary responsibility of administering its county tax forfeited urban and  rural lands that have been reverted to a public trust from private ownership due to non-payment of real estate taxes. Legislation provides that the title is held by the state in trust for the taxing districts (county, school districts  and townships) with provision for county administration. Minnesota counties manage 32% of the commercial forestlands managed by public agencies, which is 17% of all commercial forested lands in the state. From these lands, the counties supply 35% of all wood commercially harvested from public agency lands in Minnesota, which equates to 13.9% when all ownership is considered. In addition to retaining 2.8 million acres of land, most of which is in dedicated Memorial Forests and nearly all of which is open for public entry, counties also  make substantial provisions for recreation and other public services for the people of Minnesota.
Contact: Gregory Bernu, Carlton County Land Commissioner
301 Walnut Avenue, Carlton, MN 55718-0130
Phone: 218-384-9179
Minnesota Association of County Officers (MACO)
MACO is the umbrella organization for county auditors, treasurers, recorders and auditor-treasurers in Minnesota. It is comprised of the Minnesota Association of County Auditors, Treasurers and Financial Officers (MACATFO) and the Minnesota Association of County Recorders (MCRA). MACO was formed in 1966 as “Better County Government.” As county officers, MACO members are part of a highly specialized professional segment. It feels that an Association comprised of members from this field is very important for the conveyance of business practices, education and resources. The mission of MACO is “A professional association of county officials dedicated to assisting its members to improve services to their constituencies.” MACO hosts an annual conference in January providing educational sessions related specifically to its members’ professions. Members accumulate continuing education credits to achieve a Minnesota County Officer certification. Both MACATFO and MCRA hold separate summer conferences with sessions finely tuned to their respective memberships.

Contact: Lee Helgen, Executive Director, Ewald Consulting

1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252, St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone: 651-293-0953
Minnesota Association of County Planning & Zoning Administrators (MACPZA)
MACPZA was formed in 1973 to offer a platform for county planning and zoning administrators to share ideas and promote land use planning. The organization also provides a program of continuing education and professional development for its members and provides for discussion on legislative and rule making issues.  The Association issues four newsletters per year and sponsors or co-sponsors a minimum of four workshops each year.

Contact: Brian Martinson, AMC Policy Analyst

AMC, 125 Charles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651-789-4322, Fax: 651-224-6540
Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers (MACPO)
MACPO is a non-profit organization committed to the improvement of probation expansion of the professional probation/parole and adjunctive services and parole practices at all levels. MACPO supports the preservation and courts of Minnesota; provides a vehicle for sharing solutions to common problems in providing those services to the courts; fosters the development of necessary knowledge and skills through educational and training programs; aids in the development of correctional practices, services, and programs for juvenile and  adult offenders; and initiates legislative and procedural changes concerning correctional issues.

Contact: Neal Huemoeller, President

Wright County Court Services
Phone: 763-684-4513
Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators (MACSSA)
The Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators is a statewide association made up of county public social service directors or other administrative designees. The Association has been in existence since 1946 and is representative of all 87 Minnesota counties. The purpose of the Association is to gather, study and disseminate facts and information regarding the enactment and implementation of state and federal social/welfare legislation. The Association develops and adopts position statements on issues affecting the administration of public welfare and advocates those positions on a statewide basis. The Association sustains a partnership with the Department of Human Services for the purpose of improving the development and implementation of social/welfare programs and provides for information exchange and relationship building among counties.
Contact: Matt Freeman, Director
AMC, 125 Charles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651-789-4340, Fax: 651-224-6540
Minnesota Association of County Surveyors (MACS)
The Minnesota Association of County Surveyors (MACS) is a proactive group that represents land surveyors working for Minnesota local governments. Our primary responsibility is to maintain the public land survey system through research and remonumentation. MACS works closely with other governmental officials to provide professional surveying services, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) creation and maintenance services, and legislative support as it pertains to land surveying and GIS issues. 


Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers (MACVSO)
The County Veterans Service Officer was established by Minnesota Statutes to assist veterans in securing benefits provided by law as a result of the service of any member in the armed forces of the United States Military. Minnesota Statutes directs each county board to appoint a Veterans Service Officer and it shall be the duty of the Veterans Service Officer to aid all residents of the governmental subdivision by which he/she is employed in securing benefits provided by law on account of the service of any person in the armed forces of the United States, from which he/she has a discharge other than dishonorable. The Veterans Service Officer must pursue accreditation according to Minnesota Statutes 197.604, subd. 4. andis required to attend ongoing educational programs regarding the rules and regulations in state and federal laws and must pass an annual certification examination to be accredited.

Contact: Greg Peterson, President 

Brown County Veteran Service Officer

Minnesota Association of Professional County Economic Developers (MAPCED)
MAPCED is a statewide organization for county economic development professionals. Our mission is promoting the role of counties in fostering economic growth by expanding the tax base, and enhancing the quality of life. As an organization, MAPCED: 

  • Gathers, studies, and disseminates facts and information which lead to the development of a comprehensive legislative platform.
  • Develops and sustains partnerships for economic growth.
  • Works to remove barriers that prohibit or restrict counties from economic development.
  • Provide education for greater understanding of economic development process and policies as it relates to counties.
We maintain an affiliation with the Association of Minnesota Counties in order to achieve these goals.
Contact: Jeanna Fortney
AMC, 125 Charles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651-789-4323, Fax: 651-224-6540
Minnesota Counties Human Resource Management Association (MCHRMA)
The objective of MCHRMA is to promote the advancement of professional human resource management practices in county government. The organization is a forum for sharing knowledge, information, and experience among the members of the Association; assists AMC member counties with the establishment or improvement of effective county human resource administration; and encourages continued education and training in county human resource and labor relations administration.

Contact: Laurie Klupacs, AMC Deputy Director

AMC, 125 Charles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103-2108
Phone: 651-789-4329, fax: 651-224-6540
Minnesota County Attorneys Association (MCAA)
The mission of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association is to provide leadership on legal and public policy issues related to the duties of the county attorney; to enhance communication and cooperation between county attorneys and the judiciary, county government, the bar and other public and private organizations concerned with the administration of justice; provide training, education and support to county attorneys and support staff and; to foster professionalism and competency among the offices of county attorneys in Minnesota by providing a forum for communication and cooperation.

Contact: Robert (Bob) Small, Executive Director

100 Empire Drive, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55103-1885
Phone: 651-641-1600, Fax: 651-641-1666
Minnesota County Engineers Association (MCEA)
Membership in the Minnesota County Engineers Association (MCEA) includes county engineers from all 87 counties plus various assistant engineers who are also registered professional engineers. The primary purpose of the MCEA is to promote closer cooperation and improved relations among county engineers and other  organizations in the solution of mutual problems dealing with the state’s transportation system. The objective of the Association is to provide the highest quality professional county engineer services possible to the counties of the state of Minnesota. 

Contact: Emily Murray, AMC Policy Analyst

Minnesota County Geographic Information Systems Association (MCGISA) 
Minnesota County Geographic Information Systems Association (MCGISA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance GIS technology in Minnesota county governments by providing professional leadership and support. The Association goals include fostering awareness, collaboration and coordination among county, regional, state and federal officials; cultivate leadership and professional development through workshops,  seminars, and meetings; and to provide a forum to share knowledge, information and experience among members.

Mark Sloan, GISP

Clay County, 3510 12th Ave S, Moorhead, MN  56560
Phone: 218-299-7518

Minnesota County Information Technology Leadership Association (MNCITLA)
MNCITLA supports county technology leaders through enhanced communications efforts between counties and with state departments and other public sector organizations. The goal is to present a unified point of contact with the state and other public sector organizations for information technology related issues and disseminate information to all members. In addition, MNCITLA is committed to sharing information and systems applications between counties to further cost-effectiveness in member organizations.
Contact: Nathan Zacharias, Director
AMC, 125 Charles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651-789-4342, Fax: 651-224-6540
Minnesota Sheriffs Association (MSA)
From its beginning in 1885, the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association established its purpose to educate and train. To that end, the Association has sponsored training to benefit the law enforcement community in Minnesota. It has provided technical assistance and made resource information available to its members in the development of department policy and procedure. The Association has developed a liaison with state legislators to offer technical assistance in the development of legislation. Training in the areas of jail development, jail operations, jail administration, civil process, criminal investigation and law, crime prevention and crime victims programs is offered annually. The overall goal of the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association is to provide professional law enforcement services to the citizens of Minnesota.

Contact: William (Bill) Hutton, Executive Director
100 Empire Drive, St. Paul, MN 55103-1885
Phone: 651-451-7216 x2
Minnesota Solid Waste Administrators Association (SWAA) 
SWAA represents and promotes the interests of county and district solid waste administrators and promotes environmentally sound and cost effective waste management systems. The goals for the Association include sponsorship of educational workshops; increase the awareness of local solid waste management initiatives; initiate and/or support needed action on specific solid waste and related issues and, to foster communication between local and state solid waste professionals.

Contact: Anne Morse, Executive Director