About Jon Ulrich
Jon Ulrich has served the residents of Savage as their Scott County Commissioner for twenty-two years. Prior to that He served on the Savage City Council for three years.
As your Scott County Commissioner Jon serves on over twenty-five committees across our region that all have an impact on your life in one way or another. He invests his time and efforts on these committees to make Savage and Scott County and even better place to live, learn, work, play and raise a family.
Jon has had a significant record of accomplishment as a Scott County Commissioner that is worthy of celebrating. Some of the more notable of his achievements that he has accomplished in partnership with many others working together have been...
- He led and won the debate on the Metropolitan Council Transportation Advisory Board that secured a critical piece of funding that allowed the 494/169 Interchange to be built. Building this new interchange improved safety and removed a congestion bottle neck that saves you and I and commerce a lot of time and money every day.
- Through testifying at the State legislature, meeting with officials in Washington and regional MN.Dot Officials Jon played a key role in securing funding and Commitments for transportation projects at Highway 13 & County Rd. 5, Highway 13 &101, and the just started new 101 River Bridge Projects. These projects have made Scott County and Savage a much more attractive and desirable place for business investment and job creation.
- Through his work on the Scott County Transportation And Economic Development and First Stop Advisory Board, and in response to the completion of vital transportation improvements we have seen dozens of business invest more than 450 million dollars and create 3,500 livable wage jobs in our county in just the past two years.. These new jobs have driven down unemployment in the County and in August the State reported that, at 3.3% Scott County had the lowest unemployment in the metropolitan area.
- As a Scott County Commissioner, Jon Ulrich has focused his energy on holding the line on spending and managing the tax levy. A recent State Auditor's report showed Scott County as having the lowest rate of expenditure per capita in the metropolitan area and third lowest in the state. The county's tax levy, over the past five years, has increased at only six tenths of one percent annually; which is well below the level of inflation and growth.
- Through his work as a founding and long term member of Scott County Association For Leadership And Efficiency (SCALE) Jon Ulrich has worked trirelessly to partner together with all the other units of government in Scott County to share resources, reduce expenses, and limit the size and cost of local government. Jon chairs the board of Regional Public Safety Facility that was a cooperative effort of SCALE. This facility decreased the costs and improved the quality of training for all our police, fire and public works departments.
- Jon Ulrich believes that government "can't do it all". With this thought in mind Jon sought to develop a way that human needs could be met outside of government. To accomplish this goal Jon became a founding member and is the chair of FISH for ten years(Families And Individuals Sharing Hope). FISH is a partnership of the Faith Community, Non-Profits, Service Groups, Business and Local Government that all partner together to meet human need. Today, FISH meets needs that government never sees through its extensive partner network.
Jon Ulrich served twenty-five years as a Pastor in two churches. He graduated with a BA from the University of Northwestern and a M.Div. from Bethel Theological Seminary.
Jon and his family have lived in Savage for thirty-two years. His wife Carolyn is a corporate nurse consultant with Volunteers Of America. Their two grown children are James and Stephanie. Stephanie and James both graduated from Burnsville High School. Stephanie played six years on the Burnsville Girls Varsity Hockey Team. She went on to play college hockey and captained the Cornell Woman’s Hockey Team. Stephanie met her husband Scott at Cornell. Stephanie is now a bilingual 5th grade school teacher. Her husband is an accountant. James joined the Marines and earned the rank of Sargent. He served as a Colorado Springs police officer and is now training to become a trauma nurse.