Commissioner Rettman has been elected as chair of the Board’s Health Services Committee, the Ramsey County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and as Vice-Chair of the Criminal Justice and Budget Committees. In addition, she serves on the Legislative Committee, and the Public Works, Parks and Solid Waste Committee.
Commissioner Rettman has served residents living in Falcon Heights and portions of the city of Saint Paul on the County Board since April of 1997. Prior to this she served over 11 years on the Saint Paul City Council representing the North End, South Como, Como Park areas and part of the Eastside. With the adoption of the redistricting plan in 2002 Janice now serves all of her previous city council neighborhoods as well as Frogtown and portions of the Midway and Summit-University areas.
At the county, Commissioner Rettman serves as chair of the Ramsey County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the Human Services Committee. Other committee activities include a Law Library Trustee, the Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Project Board, the State of Minnesota Community Health Board Services Advisory Committee, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District and the National Association Of Counties Health Steering Committee to name a few.
While on the Saint Paul City Council Janice Rettman worked closely with community residents and other council members to create effective legislation to deal with problem properties and to make city neighborhoods cleaner and safer. She is proud of her work to create equal opportunities in city hiring practices, for civil service testing that reflects the duties of the position and for the implementation of a fiscally responsible budget review process that focuses on completing identified goals and adopted priorities.
Commissioner Rettman believes that government should be responsive to its citizens and provide opportunities for meaningful public input. She works diligently toward improving the fiscal policies and management practices of the county to reflect that input. At the county Commissioner Rettman ranks quality affordable housing for all, effective service delivery, environmental protection and being creative in developing solutions as priorities. She has three part-time staff, each with expertise in different areas, to assist in meeting these priorities
Prior to role on the County Board, Commissioner Rettman served on the Saint Paul City Council, served as director of the Saint Paul Housing Information Office, served as chair and board member of the District 10 Community Council and served as a VISTA Program volunteer.
Linda Jungwirth is a life-long resident of Saint Paul’s North End neighborhood. She has worked for Commissioner Rettman since February of 1998 and is active in the Tri-Area Block Club and the District 6 Community Council.
Mark Voerding, also a life-long resident of Saint Paul, has worked for Commissioner Rettman since February of 2002. He is active in his Ramsey Hill neighborhood association, the Selby Avenue Task Force, has served on the District 7 and District 8 Planning Councils as well as a number of city-wide planning committees.