At its meeting on Wednesday, June 12, the Board of Managers of the Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District announced the hiring of Mike Isensee as district administrator. 

Isensee will be leaving his current position as an employee of the Washington Conservation District, and as the administrator of the Middle St. Croix Watershed Management Organization. Prior to coming to the Washington Conservation District, Isensee worked for the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District for nine years. 

Current CMSCWD Administrator Jim Shaver told the board of his intent to retire in September of 2018. Since then, the Board has explored several options to manage the operations of the district. In May, a board committee interviewed five candidates for the position. 

“It was a strong applicant pool, but in the end, Mike’s combination of technical skills dealing with storm water and his familiarity with local issues was the best fit for our watershed,” Board President Wade Johnson said. 

Isensee lives with his wife and two children in Minneapolis. He is also pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at Metropolitan State University. Mike will start with the Watershed on July 5, working with current administrator Shaver until July 31. 

The board of managers thanked Administrator Shaver on behalf of the district, citizens and watershed partners for his 11 years of service protecting and improving local water resources.

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