Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman and County Administrator Michael Colbert attended the annual National Association of Counties (NACo) annual conference in Prince George’s County, Maryland, last weekend. While there, Colbert was elected Vice-President of the National Association of County Administrators (NACA) for the Midwest Region.
“This is not only a great opportunity for Michael, it’s a great opportunity for the entire county,” said Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge. “He has the leadership skills NACA desires to lead the organization and provide a perspective on local government that will enhance the effectiveness of all counties in the Midwest region.”
Colbert previously served as NACA Midwest Region At-Large Director. That position is now being filled by Al Vanderberg, Administrator for Ottawa County, Michigan.
Colbert will serve as Regional Vice President for NACA through 2022. In this role, Colbert will solicit NACA membership and encourage NACo member counties to establish and improve effective county administration. He will also communicate NACA objectives to its members while promoting statewide and regional cooperation among county administrators and state associations of county administrators.
“What a tremendous honor to be elected to this position,” Colbert said. “We are always pursuing innovative programming and best practices to improve Montgomery County. This affords me the opportunity to work closely with other county administrators, share ideas with them, and learn what is working and not working for them. I’m excited to collaborate with our NACA members for the betterment of all our counties.”
NACA is an affiliate organization of NACo and was established for both elected and appointed officials. NACA encourages the professional growth of County Administrators, Chief Executive Officers and other professionals who lead the day-to-day operations of county government. The group provides networking, training and additional resources to help its members improve management and efficiency in all counties.Colbert was appointed as Montgomery County Administrator in 2018. Previously, he was the Assistant County Administrator and Director of Montgomery County Business Services, which includes Workforce Development, Community and Economic Development, and the Business Solutions Center