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Jelinski running for District 2 seat on Morrison County Board


Jeffrey J. Jelinski announced he will run for the Morrison County Commissioners seat in District 2, which covers Belle Prairie, Buh, Platte, and Ripley Townships including the city of Harding.


The current District 2 commissioner is Jeffrey Schilling.

Jelinski, a 1976 graduate of Little Falls Community High School, is currently Morrison County Sheriff’s Office communications supervisor. He said that if elected he would step down from his county position.

He lives in Belle Prairie Township with his wife, Barb, and is a lifelong resident of Morrison County, having grown up in Swan River Township. Jelinski has been involved in public service and public safety for 30-plus years. Jelinski, started his career with Morrison County as a dispatcher/jailer, spent nearly 19 years as a communications/records tech with the city of Little Falls and has been the communications supervisor at the sheriff’s office since 2005. He gained certification from the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in emergency management, and is a Minnesota state certified emergency manager. In October 2009, he received national recognition as a Communications Unit Leader Type III (COML). He currently is the co-administrator for the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) 800 MHz Radio Project. Being part of ARMER, he sits on the Owners and Operators subcommittee, is a charter member of the User’s Committee, and represents Morrison County on the Regional Advisory Committee. He has worked with several area schools on “Mock Car Crash” exercises. He is a member (past chair) of the Morrison County EMS Council, member of St. Mary’s Church (past Council member), and a member of the Knights of Columbus (1804). He is also a member of the NRA, the Morrison County Wild Gobblers, and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

Jelinski said in a statement he believes in family values and has a commitment to a strong work ethic.

He said he is strongly conservative and believes government should always operate within its means.

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