Shoff looks forward to another term on County Council – Albert Lea Tribune


Shoff looks forward to another term on county council

Posted at 4:39 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022

When Freeborn County Council Chairman Chris Shoff first stood for election in 2006, he said he did so primarily to bring a younger voice to the council. administration.

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He wanted to work on economic development and encourage the county to cooperate more with the city.

Although he said the county and city are working more with a shared services committee and there is now a merged IT department, to name a few, these are still ongoing issues.

Shoff said he would like to continue these efforts during another term on the board. He was re-elected for District 4 in November and ran unopposed.

Shoff, 48, who grew up in Albert Lea and graduated from high school in 1992, said he enjoys identifying needs, seeing projects come together and complete, while helping people.

He said he was proud to see many long-discussed issues finally coming to fruition during his tenure so far. Examples, he said, include Bridge Avenue, previously talked about for almost 60 years; the annexation of the stables; and even the televising of board meetings.

Shoff said he remembers when his father, Niles Shoff, was mayor of Albert Lea in the 1960s and it was about Bridge Avenue, from the Freeborn County Fairgrounds to Security Bank . At that time they were going to do the paving, sewer and water and the cost was estimated at $48,000. This stretch, when completed in recent years, was worth $4 million.

“Think of all that time and energy and money for 60 years talking about this project,” Shoff said. Although he sometimes recognizes that it is a challenge with small counties with limited resources, he prefers to tackle a project and move forward.

During his tenure so far, Shoff said he was proud of the Bridge Avenue project, the annexation of the stables area to Albert Lea, the implementation of the curbside recycling program and the work carried out. on the new environmental services building.

He is also proud of the county’s investment in the fairgrounds, work underway to invest in county buildings, work underway to bring an interchange to Bath Road on Interstate 90, and the new VA Clinic. which first happened to Albert Lea in 2014. .

He said the impact of this clinic on Albert Lea has been immense as people come from a 60 to 90 mile radius.

While there is still a funding shortfall available to build and maintain the county’s roads, he said the county has a $6 million a year shortfall in needed funding. Today, that’s probably down to $1.5 million or $2 million through the council’s use of state-provided tools, he said.

Shoff served as president of the Minnesota Counties Association in 2015 – the first and only person from Freeborn County to ever do so – and served on the National Counties Association Board of Directors from 2016 to 2020. Now he is on health and transportation committees for the Minnesota Counties Association.

During his next term, Shoff said he wants to continue working on economic development in the county.

Shoff is married to his wife, Amanda, and has three stepchildren and three stepgrandchildren.

He attended the University of Minnesota and Logan Chiropractic School in Chesterfield, Missouri, and has been a chiropractor for 20 years now.


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