MnCCC Spotlight: Steve Hacken

MnCCC Spotlight Steve Hacken

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Oldest of four boys. Grew up in Chisago County. Married to Deborah since 1980. Two kids—Brodie 37 and Elizabeth 31. Three grandkids—Madelynn 9. Isabelle 6 and Connor 3. Have worked in assessing since 1978; County Assessor in Pine and Winona Counties since 1985. Have been a high school and college sports official since 1982. Football, basketball, baseball and softball. Have been lucky enough to work many state tournament games. Our favorite place is our cabin on Pokegama Lake in Pine County.

What was your first job?

Working on the family farm. My first real job after college was Sports Editor at the Inter-County Leader in Frederic, WI. I started in government as an appraiser trainee in Chisago County in 1978.

What is your role with Winona County?

I have been County Assessor in Winona since 1997. I am retiring on April 30, 2021 after 42+ years in public service. While in Winona, I have also served as interim County Assessor in Fillmore and Wabasha County.

What interests you about MnCCC?

I was working in Chisago County when we got our first computer. Everything was done by hand before that. I think one of the strengths of MnCCC is that different offices work together for the greater good. Assessors, Auditors, IT folks all have skills to share that makes all of us stronger.

What is something on your bucket list?

My daughter wants me to go with her to Germany. I think it would be a blast.