Jeffrey J. Jelinski announced he will run for the Morrison County Commissioner seat in District 2, which covers Belle Prairie, Buh, Platte and Ripley townships, as well as the city of Harding.
Jelinski, a 1976 graduate of Little Falls Community High School, is currently the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office communications supervisor. He lives in Belle Prairie Township with his wife, Barb, and is a lifelong resident of Morrison County, having grown up in Swan River Township.
Jelinski has been involved in public service and public safety for more than 30 years. He started his career with Morrison County as a dispatcher/jailer, spent nearly 19 years as communications/records tech with the city of Little Falls and has been the communications supervisor at the Sheriff’s Office since 2005. He gained certification from the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in emergency management and is a Minnesota state certified emergency manager.
In October 2009, Jelinski received national recognition as a Communications Unit Leader Type III (COML). He is currently the co-administrator for the Allied Radio Matric for Emergency Response (ARMER) 800 MHz radio project. Being part of ARMER, he sits on the Owners and Operators subcommittee, is a charter member of the User’s Committee and represents Morrison County on the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC). He has worked with several area schools on “Mock Car Crash” exercises.
Jelinski is a member (past chair) of the Morrison County EMS Council, member of St. Mary’s Church (past Council member) and a member of the Knights of Columbus (1804). He is also a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Morrison County Wild Gobblers and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Jelinski said he believes in family values and has a commitment to a strong work ethic. He is strongly conservative and believes government should always operate within its means. Jelinski said he will utilize the skills he has acquired over the past 30 years in public service, his communications ability, insight and knowledge of county and city government and team involvement, to represent the residents of District 2.