Dakota County Commissioner to retire

Nancy Schouweiler
Nancy Schouweiler

Nancy Schouweiler, Dakota County commissioner for District 4 and current board chair, announced she will retire from the Dakota County Board when her term expires at the end of 2016.

At the conclusion of her term, she will have served as a Dakota County commissioner for 18 years. Schouweiler represents portions of Inver Grove Heights, Eagan and Rosemount.  

Schouweiler, who resides in Inver Grove Heights and was first elected to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners in 1998, is the first woman to serve as the board’s chair. 

In her final year, she will again serve as board chair, the fourth time her fellow board members have chosen her for the leadership position. 

“It has been my great privilege to serve the people of Dakota County and work with so many dedicated people who care so deeply about the well-being of this great place,” Schouweiler said. 

“As I begin this final year of my service, I want to thank my constituents for the deep trust they have bestowed upon me over these last 18 years to work on their behalf for the long-term health and vitality of our county. 

“I look forward to working with my fellow board members in 2016 to ensuring Dakota County continues as the very best place to live.”

During her service on the Dakota County Board, the county experienced tremendous growth, including the renovation of the Inver Glen Library, construction of the Robert Trail Library, and the opening of the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park. 

The county also built the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, which received a LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2009. 

Dakota County also launched the Farmland and Natural Area Program, a voter-approved land conservation plan that has protected almost 11,000 acres of open space from development.

A native of South Saint Paul and a lifelong resident of Dakota County, Schouweiler first entered public service after being elected to the Inver Grove Heights School Board. 

She is a member of the Counties Transit Improvement Board, a five-county metro area Joint Powers Board established in 2008 to invest in and advance regional transit projects. She serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Counties. She is former chair and current vice chair of the National Association of Counties Justice and Public Safety steering committee and is a past president of the Association of Minnesota Counties.  

In 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health honored Schouweiler for outstanding contributions to Minnesota’s public health system, and she was presented with a Community Health Award. Community Health Awards are given each year to public health professionals for their leadership and advocacy for local public health.

A dedicated learner, Schouweiler earned her associate’s degree in paralegal studies from Inver Hills Community College, which in 2007 honored her with its Inver Hills Outstanding Alumni Award. 

She went on to graduate cum laude from Hamline University with a bachelor’s in political science and American studies, and later earned a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline.


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