Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dakota County Administrator wins top award

Dakota County Administrator Brandt Richardson is the recipient of this year's Dr. Robert A. Barrett Award for Management Excellence. The annual award, presented by the Minnesota City/County Management Association, is given in recognition of managers or administrators who are role models, leaders and mentors in local government.

Richardson has dedicated his career to local government, working for more than 26 years in Dakota County, and serving as the County Administrator since 1992. He was the Deputy County Administrator for Scott County (1984-1988) prior to joining Dakota County.

With Richardson's guidance, Dakota County has continuously set high standards for others to match. The County has won numerous achievement awards from the National Association of Counties and the International City/County Management Association. Richardson is known for encouraging an innovative approach to providing service, both to improve the customer experience and save money. 

The County has the lowest county tax rate in the metro area and excels in financial management – earning the highest bond rating (AAA) from both Moody's and Standard and Poor's for the past several years. Dakota is one of only about 60 counties nationwide out of more than 3000 to have earned AAA's from both ratings agencies.

"Brandt has tremendous determination; likely to be the first to put forth a great idea and the last to give up on it. He has the ability to look to the future while consistently guiding county operations in the present. In other words, Brandt is key to making us county government that leads the way," said Dakota County Board Chair Liz Workman.

The Minnesota City/County Management Association (MCMA) is the professional and educational organization for appointed management executives and assistants serving cities, counties and other local governments in Minnesota.

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