County commissioner, District 1 - Dean BirnstengelHere is a profile on Dean Birnstengel, who is running for the vacant county commissioner seat in District 1, which serves Hastings.
Q: Give us some background information, including how long you have been a resident of Hastings, your education, job position, community service and your previous and current connection with government.
A: I was born and raised in Dakota County and have been a lifelong resident being that it is great place to live, work, play and raise a family. I am a graduate of South St. Paul High School, St. Paul TVI, IHCC, DCTC, US military school, retired military member, retired engineer, American legion member, Best Foundation past member, planning commission past member.
Q: Why did you decide to run for this position?
A: Having been a longtime county resident I am known for a common sense work ethic and many folks encouraged me to run for this position.
Q: What are the major issues facing Dakota County? How should they be addressed?
A: In today’s age and changing society county government has to operate within its means just as county residents do with their own daily living.
Q: With ongoing budget constraints, including less federal and state funds, is the county handling its programs/services and staffing in the right way?
A: It is time the county streamlines services while delivering good programs in a friendly efficient professional manner.
Q: What makes you the best candidate for this position?
A: I have the time, talent, expertise and dedication to work in collaboration with public and private agencies to get action to accomplish the mission as full-time commission. Thank you.