ST. CLOUD -- Stearns County commissioners have chosen new board leaders for 2017. Commissioner voted DeWayne Mareck to serve as chair with Jeffrey Mergen elected as vice-chair.

Mareck takes over for commissioner Steve Notch who chaired the board in 2016.

New county commissioner Joe Perske was also sworn in to begin his first term representing District 2 which covers parts of Sartell, Waite Park and St. Joseph.