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During their regular meeting on August 8th, the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners appointed Heidi Welsch as Olmsted County's next County Administrator, effective November 1, 2017.
Dr. Welsch will succeed current Administrator, Richard Devlin, upon his retirement as the longest-serving county administrator in Minnesota, and, quite possibly, in the nation. Mr. Devlin was appointed Administrator in 1973. His last day will be October 31st. He received a standing ovation following the County Board's "thank you" for over four decades of leadership and dedicated service.
Heidi began working for Olmsted County in 2013 as Community Services' Director of Family Support and Assistance. She competed for the position of Deputy County Administrator and began serving in that role on October 3, 2016. "Since that time," states Chairperson Brown, "we have observed Dr. Welsch to be a highly talented, experienced and committed leader. She demonstrates a remarkable degree of integrity and drive."
As Dr. Welsch steps into her critical leadership role as administrative head of Olmsted County, she brings with her deep and broad experience from her varied public sector roles in Dakota and Hennepin Counties, the State University System, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Metropolitan Council and the U.S. Peace Corps. Her most recent higher education credential is a Doctorate degree earned in Public Administration from Hamline University.
She shared at the time of her appointment, "I am honored to accept your appointment as the next Administrator for Olmsted County. It is my great privilege to serve this Board and the people of Olmsted County."
On a personal note, Heidi makes her home in Rochester, along with her husband and three children.