County board meetings

County board and committee meetings are normally held Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the Hennepin County Government Center, 24th floor (County Board Room), unless otherwise noted.

Board meetings, agendas, and minutes as of 2017 are available online. The agenda for the next board meeting is published as soon as possible prior to the meeting. For information on board actions from 2016 and earlier, please contact the clerk of the board.

Board and committee meetings are live-streamed on the web, broadcast live on Metropolitan Cable Network Channel 6, and re-broadcast on Channel 6 on Fridays at 8 p.m.

The seven members of the county board also make up the Regional Railroad Authority and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, each separate political entities distinct from the county board.

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Committee and meeting structure

Prior to formal action by the board, agenda items are usually discussed in one of six standing committees:

  • County Administration 
  • Health
  • Human Services
  • Operations
  • Public Works
  • Public Safety

Committees meet in succession – the order in which they meet varies.

Board briefings and special meetings
Commissioners meet frequently with the county administrator and staff to informally discuss current issues. These board briefings are generally scheduled several Thursdays of each month at 9:30 a.m. in County Board Room A-2400 in the Government Center. Briefing dates and agendas are available by contacting board chair Commissioner Jan Callison at 612-348-7886 or email

Occasionally the board may call either a special meeting or emergency meeting. The public can find notice of these meetings in our online calendar as well as other sources required by state law.

Addressing the board

Called "open forum," this time is for residents to address commissioners on issues not on the agenda. Open forum is provided during the Operations Committee.

Instructions for public comment

1. Sign up to speak when you arrive at the meeting. There is no pre-registration.

2. When it's your turn to speak:

  • There's a three-minute limit for each speaker. Prepare accordingly.
  • Watch the timing device near the microphone mount on the podium. Green allows you to proceed, yellow means you have one minute left, and red means your time is up.
  • Speak clearly into the microphone at the podium.

Be respectful of others listening or speaking in the meeting room (side conversations should be conducted quietly).

Rules about the board meeting room

  • Signs are permitted, but cannot be mounted on sticks and are not permitted inside the County Board Room itself. If your sign is attached to a stick, remove the stick.
  • Cell phones and other communication devices must be turned off while in the meeting room. Calls can be made in the lobby area.
  • All Hennepin County facilities are smoke-free.

Clerk of the county board

The clerk serves as the official record keeper of all decisions made by the Hennepin County Board and its authorities, the Regional Railroad Authority and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Residents and officials are welcome to ask questions of the clerk's office regarding attendance at board meetings, meeting agendas, contacting your commissioner, and citizen advisory board applications and appointments.

Duties of the clerk

  • Publishing board agendas
  • Recording meetings and board actions
  • Preparing meeting minutes for publication in the official county newspaper and for permanent record in accordance with state law
  • Certifying board resolutions and meeting minutes
  • Serving as deputy county auditor to accept claims against the county
  • Serving as the liaison for the citizen advisory board open appointments process
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