Veterans Best Practices Working Group

About Us

"There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism."  - Alexander Hamilton

The Veterans Best Practices Working Group was established in 2014 by the authority of Ordinance 14.066 (PDF). The group exists to "foster an employment-friendly environment for those who have served in the armed forces of the United States," working to encourage businesses in the St. Charles County community to develop veteran-friendly employment practices, including St. Charles County Government, and to inform veterans seeking employment of opportunities and benefits.

Members 

  • Deputy Don Van, Chair
    Army Veteran
    Sherriff's Department
    Appointment Date: July 5, 2023
  • Crystal McMillan, Vice Chair
    Army Veteran
    Highway
    Appointment Date: April 9, 2018
  • Christina Follmer
    Navy Veteran
    Juvenile Justice
    Appointment Date: April 12, 2018
  • Kurt Bahr
    Air Force Veteran
    Election Authority
    Appointment Date: October 25, 2019
  • Officer Chris Doten
    Navy Veteran
    Law Enforcement Representative
    Appointment Date: July 6, 2017
  • Stacey Rafferty

    Army Veteran
    Public Health
    Appointment Date: July 5, 2023

  • Gregory Santoni
    Army Veteran
    Police
    Appointment Date: July 5, 2023
  • Bryan White
    Navy Veteran
    Facilities
    Appointment Date: July 5, 2023
  • Joe Nelson
    Marine Corps Veteran
    Police
    Appointment Date: July 5, 2023
  • Officer Justin Winnigear
    Army Veteran
    Police
    Appointment Date: July 5, 2023
  • Kenneth Wright
    Air Force Veteran
    Highway
    Appointment Date: July 5, 2023
  • Dale Lindberg
    Army Veteran
    Public Health
    Appointment Date: July 5, 2023

Have a used or damaged American flag? Drop it off at the flag collection box in front of the St. Charles County Administration Building or at Veterans Tribute Park. Flags collected will be disposed of ceremoniously.

Flag Collection Event

The County’s Veterans Best Practices Working Group is hosting its annual Flag Collection for the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14. The event takes place at a drive-by collection site, located at the corner of Monroe and Second streets in St. Charles, between the County Administration and Corrections buildings. The flags are donated to the AMVETS, who retire the flags ceremoniously.