Meet Commissioner Jan Callison
District 6 Commissioner Jan Callison has been involved in local government in some way for nearly 25 years.
The South Dakota native, who worked abroad as a nanny before earning her degree from Harvard Law School, said public office represents the chance to be of service to the community.
“We have a very special form of government. We are able to govern ourselves," Callison said. “For that to be successful, we have obligations as citizens. We need to be informed, we need to communicate with our elected officials, we need to vote. And some of us need to run for office. And it's just not more complicated than that."
Callison entered public service as a volunteer member with the city of Minnetonka's zoning adjustment board before joining the city's planning commission. She ran for council and served 12 years before being elected as mayor.
One morning during her tenure as mayor, Callison said she woke up to learn county funding for Shady Oak Road project had been cut. Then and there, she decided to get involved with the county. In 2008, she was elected to the county board.