2017 AMC President Gary Hendrickx, right, a Swift County commissioner, presented the Outstanding Service award to Otter Tail County’s Larry Krohn at the association’s annual conference December 5 in Minneapolis. The recipients were nominated by their counties and selected by a committee of county officials.

Otter Tail County Administrator Larry Krohn was among the officials recognized with Association of Minnesota Counties’ (AMC) 2016 ‘Outstanding Service Awards’ for exhibiting excellence, innovation and dedication to their work in county government.

2017 AMC President Gary Hendrickx, a Swift County commissioner, presented the awards at the association’s annual conference December 5 in Minneapolis.  The recipients were nominated by their counties and selected by a committee of county officials.

Also honored were Cass County’s Health, Human and Veterans Services Director Reno Wells, and Dakota County’s Public Services and Revenue Division Director Tom Novak.

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.

Larry Krohn, Administrator – Otter Tail County, 39 Years of Service

Throughout the course of Larry’s employment with Otter Tail County since 1977, his work ethic and focus have always demonstrated a philosophy of good will and exceptional professionalism.  In a career that has ranged from serving in Land and Resource Management, to County Coordinator, and to his appointment as Otter Tail County’s first County Administrator, his tenure’s reputation has been one of managing a government agency that is efficiently run and respected among the people it has served.

Most notable of his many achievements are:  the development of the Partnership4Health, a four-county public health network of programs; the Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste agency; the county’s buffer strip initiative; and projects such as a multi-county collaborative effort that jointly developed and purchased an Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) and the acquisition and remodeling of the Government Services Center.  Larry’s quiet, unassuming leadership style is best characterized as that of a teacher who is a source of information and knowledge and a “people builder” who knows how to gently “lift them up” to accomplish their goals.  His reflective decision making manner exemplifies the importance of using your heart as well as your head.