Mayor's Committee on Addiction

The Mayor’s Committee on Addiction was formed by Minot Mayor Chuck Barney in 2017 to help identify and study the growing opioid addiction issue in the city. Now, the committee is ready for the community to take the next steps in the ongoing battle. 

The Committee, as it was originally organized, has concluded its goal of laying a foundation for those next steps in a comprehensive plan. 

The report, (which you can read here), summarizes the work done by several subcommittees including:

  • Health and Safety
  • Education and Outreach
  • Treatment and Family Services
  • Recovery Care/After Care

The original committee combined some of the strongest minds in their respective fields. The Mayor’s Committee on Addiction was made up of Mr. Chuck Barney (Mayor of Minot), Mr. Shannon Straight (Minot Alderman), Dr. Stephan Podrygula (Minot Alderman), Ms. Lisa Clute (First District Health Unit), Mr. Paul Stroklund (Concerned Parent), Ms. Patti Eisenzimmer (Concerned Parent), Dr. Jeffrey Sather (Medical Director), Chief Jason Olson (Minot Police Department), Sheriff Bob Barnard (Ward County), Mr. Chris Ray (Ward County Jail Commander), Ms. Connie Tyler (Community Medical Services), Ms. Laurie Gotvaslee (Director of North Central Human Service Center), Ms. Val Potter (Juvenile Drug Court), Mr. Steve Hall (ND Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation), and Dr. Mark Vollmer (Superintendent of Minot Public Schools).

If you have comments or questions about the report, please contact

The Committee On Addiction is looking for an Executive Director to establish and maintain a Recovery Communities Organization (RCO). 

Click here for the full job posting.

The Executive Director will report to the Recovery Organization, Inc. Board of Directors.

Click here if you are interested in applying for the Board of Directors.

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