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Olmsted County Administrator Richard Devlin was recognized with the *Association of Minnesota Counties’ (AMC) 2014 ‘Outstanding Service Award’ for exhibiting excellence, innovation and dedication to his work in county government. 2014 AMC President Toni Carter, a Ramsey County commissioner, presented the awards at the association’s annual conference December 8th in St. Cloud. The recipients were nominated by their counties and selected by a committee of county officials, chaired by 2014 AMC Second Vice President Jack Swanson, a Roseau County Commissioner.
Richard Devlin is the longest serving county administrator in Minnesota (since 1973) and he’s not stopping now! He has a calm, effective management style (encouraging innovation and quickly crediting others for organizational successes) through sometimes turbulent times for the county and his community. Devlin has also built a solid management team and good governance structure. He is a willing collaborator with community partners, other counties and has developed good intergovernmental relations with Olmsted County’s legislative delegation and City of Rochester.
Devlin has also built reserves which cushioned the county during state cutbacks and kept the county’s levy lower. During the past decade of crisis for Minnesota’s counties due to severe state and federal cuts, he backed “Managing for Results” to focus the county’s efforts on results, oversaw drafting of a decision grid to provide a process for commissioners to compare services before making hard choices, and committed scarce resources to a county-wide LEAN redesign of work processes. He has sustained (especially in the last decade) Olmsted County as a quality provider of services, an innovator in the state, and a responder to issues in the local community.
*AMC is a voluntary statewide organization that assists the state’s 87 counties in providing effective county governance to the people of Minnesota. The association works closely with the legislative and administrative branches of government in seeing that legislation and policies favorable to counties are enacted. In addition, the Association provides educational programs, training, research and communications for county officials.