Friday, March 28, 2014

After serving Dakota County for nearly 20 years, Paul Krause to retire.

Paul Krause may be best known to many Minnesotans as a former Vikings defensive back and Pro Football Hall of Famer, but to his constituents in Lakeville he is the Dakota County Commissioner for District 6 and their voice in matters ranging from protecting water quality to the development of regional transit options. But Lakeville residents will have a new county commissioner come 2015.


Krause informed Dakota County Administration that he does not intend to run for office again when his term expires at the end of 2014.


"I'll miss his hugs," said Board Chair Liz Workman with a smile. "More seriously, we'll all miss his steady and practical approach to our work. Paul is a man who says what he means and means what he says. That kind of genuine, straightforward presence on the board has been invaluable to us all."


Krause has served on the Dakota County Board since 1995. He is currently the Chair of the Physical Development Committee of the Whole and of the Regional Railroad Authority. He also is Vice-Chair of the Counties Transit Improvement Board, a five-county metro area Joint Powers Board established in 2008 to invest in and advance regional transit projects.


Krause has always been a leader in transportation issues and has served for many years on the Transportation Advisory Board. TAB formally reviews and comments on the 2030 Regional Development Framework, the Transportation Policy Plan and other significant planning documents produced by the Metropolitan Council.


During his 16-season career with the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings, Krause accumulated 81 interceptions to retire as the NFL's all-time leading interceptor and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.


Krause is married and has three grown children. He lives in Lakeville.

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