Mower County hires its next county administrator; Trish Harren will begin new position on Dec. 17

Published 8:34 am Thursday, December 6, 2018

Mower County has chosen its new county administrator.

Trish Harren

After a round of final interviews and discussion, Trish Harren of Warroad, Minnesota, was hired by the Mower County Board to succeed Craig Oscarson, who retired from his county coordinator position in September after serving as the head of administration for 33 years.

Harren’s start date is Dec. 17, according to Oscarson, who plans to work closely with Harren to ease with the transition and help with Harren’s acclimation to the role as the new county administrator.

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“I think she will do a great job,” Oscarson said. “I think the county went through a good process to help them make their choice. She has good knowledge of what county government does, and she’s got the experience.”

Harren recently served as the elementary director for the Warroad Elementary School in Warroad, where she worked for nearly a year, and prior to that, had been the Itasca County Administrator for five years, and Roseau County coordinator for seven years, and the victim services coordinator for Roseau for three years. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in education, and a master’s degree in human development.