Phillips County Administrator Randy Schafer has been named the 2017 Administrator of the Year. — Johnson Publications

Schafer is County Administrator of the Year

    Phillips County residents can be especially confident this year, as County Administrator Randy Schafer has been recognized as a 2017 Administrator of the Year by the Association of Colorado County Administrators.
    Both he and Ben Doon of Costilla County were recognized at the Colorado Counties Inc. winter conference in Colorado Springs Nov. 27-29.
    Schafer first began working for Phillips County in 1974 as the planner. In 1983, he assumed the role of county administrator as well, and he’s been doing both for over three decades now.
    He was nominated for this year’s honor by the Phillips County Board of Commissioners. Nominees are evaluated on how they’ve enhanced their county’s fiscal health, improved operations and delivery of service programs, developed the annual budget and affected the quality of life in the community.
    Though he’s far too humble to take any credit, Schafer was recognized for open and effective communication with County employees, elected officials and the community as a whole. It was also noted that he has shown a high degree of integrity as well as strategic collaboration and problem-solving in his administrator position.
    Commissioners said that Schafer’s active roles in other community organizations have proven highly valuable for County networking. He helps maximize every tax dollar and has been instrumental in finding alternative funding as well. From Schafer’s point of view, it’s the cooperation between himself, the commissioners and County staff that make it all possible.
    It’s undeniable that Phillips County is better off thanks to Schafer’s work on numerous projects, including the event center, the water feature and handicap-accessible playground at Homesteaders Park, the fairgrounds walking path, and of course the new pavilion and education center that is currently in progress.
    “None of those accomplishments are mine alone,” Schafer said. “I do work hard to facilitate things happening and to provide good information for my commissioners, but those accomplishments come because of their decisions. We are all blessed to live in a great county with people who work hard and have pride in what they do.”

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