Community Services Advisory Board

"To deliver a range of social services driven by community needs and legal mandates which are guided by quality, effectiveness, accountability and efficiency." 
The Community Services Advisory Board (CSAB) is appointed by the County Board and is responsible for making recommendations to the County Board on policy and funding of all social services for Olmsted County.

The Community Services Advisory Board will represent the citizens at large and will advocate to the County Board for the balanced program of social services for residents within the financial resources (internal/external) of the County.

Annually, the CSAB develops the Social Services Community Assessment, which evolves from; reviewing unmet needs, testimony from the public hearings (held the 2nd Wednesday in May), written testimony and work groups identifying concepts and strategies. 


The respective Community Services Director and the Social Services Division Directors serve as ex-officio members:

Paul Fleissner, Director Community Services
507 328-6350
            Emily Colbenson, Director Adult & Family Services
507 328-6352 
            Amy Shillabeer, Director Child & Family Services
507 328-6351
            TBD, Director Family Support & Assistance
507 328-XXXX

Current Membership
Jim Rustad, Chair Randy Schmidt, Vice Chair
Susan Ahlquist Alex Alexander
Don Barlow ​Patrick Gannon
Sheila Kiscaden, Commissioner Karen Nation
Jo Marie Morris Stephanie Podulke, Commissioner
Julie Ruzek Kathleen Schumann
​Walter L. Smith III​John Tierney
​Shirley Westbrook