Rick Steen was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2014, and currently serves as Vice Chairman. His portfolios include the Sheriff's Office, Jail, Juvenile Detention, and Emergency Management. Current committee assignments include the Social Services Board, County Park Board, Road Advisory Committee, Personnel Overview Committee, and Flood Sales Tax Committee. In addition, Steen is a member of the Metro Flood Diversion Authority Finance Committee and an alternate member of the Metro Flood Diversion Authority. He also serves on the board of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation and as an alternate member of the Lake Agassiz Regional Council.
Steen, and his wife Laurie, grew up in Fergus Falls, MN and have been Fargo residents for 37 years along with their two grown children. Steen is a CPA and a partner with Eide Bailly LLP and has been with the firm since graduating from Moorhead State University in 1979.
Steen has also been involved with a number of community non-profit organizations including Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley, Fargo Youth Commission, Family HealthCare Center, and the Fargo Cass County Board of Health. He was also a member of the Fargo Board of Education from 2002 through 2014.
The responsibility and challenges facing Cass County revolve around providing appropriate and necessary services to the expanding resident population of the County, while striving to do this with limited resources and keeping tax increases to a minimum. The best way to address this responsibility is to listen to, and work with, the excellent County staff and to work collaboratively with other agencies and private organizations in arriving at effective and efficient solutions.