Jill Frisell hired as Douglas County finance director

Her promotion took effect on Feb. 27.

Jill Frisell

Douglas County has a new finance director. At their Tuesday, March 2, regular board meeting, Douglas County commissioners hired Jill Frisell for the role.

By hiring her as the director, that makes the finance office its own department and Frisell the department head.

Frisell has worked for the county for 10 years, starting as a fiscal supervisor in February 2011. In 2016, when central finance was formed, she transitioned into a strategic finance accounting analyst supervisor. After more changes in 2018, Frisell changed positions again and became the assistant auditor/treasurer/finance director.

Frisell said she is looking forward to working on the budget for the county and working with the other departments. Her predecessor, Char Rosenow, she said, was very instrumental in making sure the employees focused on cross-training in the finance department.

“My goal is to make sure we have cross-training in place and people to back each other up should an emergency situation arise,” she said.


The finance director position was opened after the retirement of Rosenow , who was not only the finance director but also the auditor/treasurer. County commissioners decided to move the finance office into its own department and did an internal recruitment for the finance director position.

Frisell, who previously served as the assistant auditor/treasurer/finance director was the only person who applied for the position.

She received a letter from Jerry Rapp, county board chairperson, on Feb. 25 with a conditional offer that was contingent on the board approving her employment.

The request to hire her was approved and Frisell was promoted to the director position, which became effective on Feb. 27.

In other action

Douglas County commissioners approved the following other items:

  • Seal coating bids from Astech for $24,200 for the Central Lakes Trail from Garfield to Osakis.

  • Contract law enforcement services between the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the cities of Carlos, Miltona and Evansville. The cities will pay $39.44 per hour for law enforcement protection from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. The contract includes 20 hours per month and 24-hour call and general service. Additional hours may be added. The contract can be canceled with a 30-day written notice.

  • Preliminary plat for Stor Smart North Second Addition, a plat in Carlos Township comprising 79 storage unit lots.

  • Conditional use to Klimek Family Properties Inc. to allow the 79-unit storage planned unit development in Carlos Township.

  • Conditional use permit to Matthew Meyers to allow the manufacturing of metal products on CNC machines in Lake Mary Township.

  • Conditional use permit to Timothy Boesl to allow the expansion of an existing 587 animal unit feedlot to 760.6 animal units. This is in Miltona Township.

  • Annual feedlot report from Mark Koep, Feedlot Program coordinator. Koep made note that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency completed a year-end review of the Douglas County Feedlot Program and that the county met 100% of the requirements.

  • Abatement of penalty and interest in the amount of $4,077.23 for nine rental properties. Taxes have been paid in full on the properties.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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