Commissioner Vern Bennett was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2016.  His portfolios include the State's Attorney, NDSU Extension, and Veterans Services.  Current committee assignments include the Social Services Board, Road Advisory Committee, Personnel Overview Committee, and County Park Board.  He also serves on the Cass Clay Food Systems Advisory Commission, and as an alternate member on the Metro Flood Diversion Authority.

Bennett received his PhD degree from the University of Minnesota in 1968. He and his wife, Betty, have lived in Cass County since 1971. They have two grown children, Rick and Julie, plus 8 grandchildren. Vern retired in 1999 after serving as Fargo Superintendent of Schools for 28 years.