Members Elect New Council President, Board

9-29-2018
AFSCME delegates elected new chair officers, who were sworn in Saturday: Cherrene Horazuk, secretary; Carmen Brown, vice president; Pat Guernsey, president; and Destiny Dusosky, treasurer.
AFSCME delegates elected new chair officers, who were sworn in Saturday: Cherrene Horazuk, secretary; Carmen Brown, vice president; Pat Guernsey, president; and Destiny Dusosky, treasurer.

AFSCME Council 5 bid a fond farewell to our retiring president and welcomed a new Executive Board at the Annual Convention.

Judy Wahlberg, the Council’s first female president, retired Saturday after six years in the role. Before that, she served as council vice president, Executive Board member and Local 66 president.  Earlier this year, she retired from her job as a financial worker in St. Louis County.

“The job I will miss the most is the Council, undoubtedly,” Wahlberg says. “I felt I made a difference there, and I enjoyed working with the people. I enjoyed bringing the Council to where we’re at and seeing the forward momentum continuing.”

“I hope we continue to expand,” she says. “I think we’re on the right track.”

Council 5 executive director John P. Westmoreland Saturday swore in the Executive Board, elected by member delegates at the Convention.

The Council 5 chair officers are:

·      President Pat Guernsey; president of Local 552, Hennepin County probation, parole and family court services; probation officer.

·      Vice President Carmen Brown; president of Hennepin Healthcare/HCMC Local 977; patient services coordinator.

·      Treasurer Destiny Dusosky; Local 753 at St. Cloud State University; maintenance worker.

·      Secretary Cherrene Horazuk; president of University of Minnesota Local 3800; clerical worker.

“I’m proud to serve our 43,000 workers,” Guernsey says. “It was the result of a well-organized campaign. It’s another example of how organizing and being honest work.”

“Working together and being united,” Brown chimes in.

“Members want a member-driven, inclusive Council where we’re building stronger locals and fighting for better contracts,” Horazuk says.

Guernsey says the first thing on their agenda will be electing Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan, who are staunch supporters of workers and our families, as Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

“After that, it’s about organizing our workers and working for the best wages, benefits and working conditions for our members and the people we represent,” he says.

Check out the next issue of Stepping Up for the complete list of the new Executive Board, Council 5 achievement award winners and scholarship winners.