Commissioner Chad M. Peterson was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2012, and he currently serves as Vice Chairman. His portfolio is Human Services, and he serves as Chairman of the Social Services Board. Current committee assignments include the Social Services Board, County Park Board, Road Advisory Committee, Personnel Overview Committee, Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, Fargo Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments, and Fargo Cass Board of Health. He also serves as an alternate member of the FM Flood Diversion Board of Authority and Lake Agassiz Regional Council.
Prior to his election, Peterson was appointed and served on a number of public and private boards including, but not limited to the following: Cass County Planning Commission (2001-2012); Cass County Park Board (2001-2012); Cass County School Reorganization (2001-2012); Cass County Governance Board (2005-2006); Fargo Board of Adjustment Member (2004-2012); and North Dakota Community Foundation Board Member (1998-2013).
Some of Peterson's goals are to ensure tax dollars are being spent in the best way possible to maximize the benefit to the county, to work with North Dakota leadership to help control unfunded and underfunded mandates, and to help ensure government is a partner, not a hindrance to our local businesses.
Peterson is married, has one child, and is a life long Cass County resident. He graduated from North Dakota State University and holds a Bachelor of Architecture. Mr. Peterson is a small business owner and currently owns a number of small businesses, including Northern Plains Design, LLC.