The mission of the Dakota County Government is to provide efficient, effective, responsive government that achieves the Board of Commissioners’ vision for Dakota County: a premier place in which to live and work.
Board of Commissioners
Burnsville (District 5) is represented by County Commissioner Liz Workman:
District Representatives and populations:
- District 1 - Mike Slavik (61,586)
- District 2 - Joe Atkins (68,126)
- District 3 - Laurie Halverson (60,715)
- District 4 - William Droste (59,486)
- District 5 - Liz Workman (64,317)
- District 6 - Mary Liz Holberg (62,316)
- District 7 - Mary Hamann-Roland (63, 336)
Total Dakota County Population: 439,882
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About Dakota County
Situated in the southeast corner of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, Dakota County maintains a land use mixture of 1/3 urban, 1/3 suburban and 1/3 rural. This combination of land use and the confluence of two major rivers (the Mississippi and Minnesota) that form the county’s northern and eastern borders makes Dakota County a unique geographic area.
Area: 587 square miles
Population: estimated 425,000; third-most populous county in the state of Minnesota.
History of Dakota County
Founded in 1849, Dakota County was one of the original nine counties created by the Minnesota Territory Legislature. Thus, it was established before Minnesota was considered a state. The county seat moved to Hastings in 1857, where it has remained.
Between 1990 and 2000, Dakota County’s population grew by nearly 30 percent. In recent years, second- and third-ring communities in Dakota County (Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Apple Valley, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount) have dramatically increased in population as development continues to move outwards from the urban core of Minneapolis and St. Paul, into suburban municipalities.