Racism has no place here.

Nor do intolerance, injustice, hatred, or violence.

The death of George Floyd has prompted deep feelings of anger, confusion, disappointment, solidarity, and a steadfast resolve to create a better future. Since this tragedy, Scott County has begun the process of engaging with staff and community members on our role and responsibility around how to move forward.   We see, hear, and feel the pain, but are only beginning to understand how much work needs to be done both at an individual as well as collective level.

As a provider of law enforcement, health and human services, and criminal justice services, we recognize the importance of this moment. As such, we want to be clear about our commitment to creating an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging -- which is why the Scott County Board strongly condemns racism, violence, and hatred as they have no place in our society.

Scott County’s mission is to advance safe, healthy, and livable communities through citizen-focused solutions. To help achieve this mission, the County Board approved a five-year strategic plan which includes a focus on community engagement and reducing disparities.  Recent events have only strengthened our commitment to the work that needs to be done. As a County, we will work to engage the community in how we move forward through active listening, fostering dialogue, and gaining a deeper understanding of these important issues.  Through these conversations, we will look for meaningful and sustainable action that supports prosperity and community vitality for all residents, now and for generations to come.

Minnesota Discrimination Helpline

This helpline reinforces the state’s efforts to protect the civil rights of Minnesotans. It allows those who experience or witness bias and discrimination to report incidents to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

Every Minnesotan can call the Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or complete and submit this online form: Report Discrimination Form. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (MN Department of Human Rights)


Resources on how to talk about what’s happening, or if you’re looking for ways to learn more about topics related to race, inclusion, and diversity:

For additional reading, grab your library card and peruse these recommended reads from Scott County Library:

For anyone needing support to process recent events: