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Susan Haigh to be sworn in Wednesday as Met Council head

Susan Haigh will be sworn in Wednesday as the new chair of the Metropolitan Council. She was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton and replaces Peter Bell, who’d been appointed in 2003 by then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Haigh, a former Ramsey County commissioner, has been president and CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

Her oath of office will be administered by her husband, Ramsey County Judge Gregg Johnson.

The 4 p.m. ceremony will be at the start of a Met Council meeting in the chambers, 390 N. Robert St., St. Paul. Haigh will then talk about selection of the other 16 council members, who come from geographic areas and are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

Among its many duties, the council:

  •  operates the region’s largest bus system
  •  collects and treats wastewater
  •  engages communities and the public in planning for future growth
  •  provides forecasts of the region’s population and household growth
  •  provides affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families
  •  provides planning, acquisitions and funding for a regional system of parks and trails
  •  provides a framework for decisions and implementation for regional systems including aviation, transportation, parks and open space, water quality and water management.

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