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Board Member and Election Updates
T. John Cunningham, MSFCA President


As a member driven organization, the strategic direction of the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association is led by an engaged Board of Directors from across the state. The volunteers of the Board provide direction and broad oversight of the Association’s activities. As a key fire service advocacy, leadership, and educational organization, we represent the interests of chiefs, officers, and key decision makers across the great State of Minnesota.

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Kurt Rogers to fill the remaining term of Vice President Tom Miller that had been vacated.  Kurt Rogers previously served as the Region 3 (Arrowhead) Representative and as a member of the Executive Board. 

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, I also appointed the following individuals to serve the remaining current term of their respective regions:

  • Region 1 (Capitol City Representative) Alternate – Mike Meyer
  • Region 3 (Arrowhead Representative) – Erik Jankila
  • Region 15 (Southwest Representative) – Jim McCoy

 I am also pleased to announce the slate of candidates for 2020-2021 that were received by the Nominations and Elections Committee by the April 1, 2019, deadline. The Board of Directors cast a white ballot Saturday, April 13, 2019, and the slate will be presented to the MSFCA membership at the General Business Meeting at the upcoming Fall Conference in Duluth.

  • President - T. John Cunningham
  • Vice President - Kurt Rogers 
  • Region 1 (Capitol City Representative) - Mike Scott
  • Region 2 (Northern Representative) - *OPEN* no submissions received (will be a Presidential appointment)
  • Region 3 (Arrowhead Representative) - Erik Jankila 
  • Region 4 (Northwest Representative) - Mark Schmidt
  • Region 5 (Cuyuna Representative) - Chip Lohmiller 
  • Region 6 (Lake Representative) - Dean Wrobbel
  • Region 7 (St. Croix Valley Representative) - Kevin Grote
  • Region 8 (North Suburban Representative) - Eric Bullen
  • Region 9 (West Central Representative) - Jake Olsen
  • Region 10 (Central Representative) - Mike Schumann
  • Region 10 (Central Representative Alternate) - Scott Carriveau
  • Region 11 (United Representative) - Dale Specken
  • Region 12 (Minnesota Valley Representative) - Chris Meskan
  • Region 13 (Southwest Representative) - Dale Johnson, III
  • Region 14 (South Central Representative) - Jeff Bengtson
  •  Region 15 (Southeast Representative) - Jim McCoy

Thank you to all of our leaders for stepping forward to serve the Association. I look forward to a great future working together!

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