The County Administrator is the chief operating officer for Montgomery County, Ohio. This position reports directly to the County Commissioners and is responsible for the day to day operations of county government. Department directors for Environmental Services, Administrative Services, Community and Economic Development, Job and Family Services, Family and Children First, Stillwater Center and Office of Management and Budget all report to the County Administrator.
Michael B. Colbert, Montgomery County Administrator
MICHAEL B. COLBERT previously held the position of Assistant County Administrator and Director of Montgomery County Development Services, which encompasses Workforce Development, Community and Economic Development, and the Business Solutions Center. He started his county service as the Assistant Director of Workforce Development which, at the time, was a component of Jobs and Family Services. He has done extensive work to strategically integrate Workforce Development and Economic Development to align job seekers and businesses. In April of 2017, Development Services received the 2016 Jonathan Dayton Public Partner Award, from the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to coming to Montgomery County, Michael was the Vice President of Sivic Solutions Group SSG LLC, responsible for client relations and development of new products, specializing in Medicaid payment and claims processing, cost allocation planning, grants management, eligibility systems (SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, and Child Care), Special Education tracking and reporting, and web-based systems using custom software development.
Colbert is the former director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), a $23.6 billion agency with approximately 4,000 employees. ODJFS is responsible for supervising the state’s public assistance, workforce development, unemployment compensation, child and adult protective services, adoption, child care, child support, and Medicaid programs
Prior to joining Governor John R. Kasich’s cabinet, Colbert served as the ODJFS chief fiscal officer under Governor Ted Strickland for almost three years. In that role and throughout his service as director, he has worked to give counties more fiscal flexibility, to support their modernization efforts, and to leverage technology to ease their administrative burden as much as possible. Under his leadership, ODJFS received a “Recognition Award for Excellence in Human Services Technology” from the American Public Human Services Association, in recognition of the success of Collabor8, an innovative modernization effort involving multiple Ohio counties joining forces to create a virtual call center.
As ODJFS director, Colbert led the launch of a new Medicaid Information Technology System, which processes approximately $1.5 billion in claims each month for 100,000 Ohio Medicaid providers. He also led the launch of the Employer Resource Information Center, a web-based unemployment tax system for employers that can process more than $1 billion in revenues each year. He brought the state back into compliance with work participation requirements for the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, launched a statewide collaborative with the Dave Thomas Foundation to find adoptive homes for older children who have been lingering in foster care, and greatly improved assistance provided to young people aging out of the foster system, to help them find jobs, further their education if they choose and live on their own.
Before joining ODJFS, Colbert was Senior Audit Manager for the Ohio Auditor of State, where he worked for 15 years and earned a Distinguished Service Award. He also is a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting. In April 2012, the Central State College of Business honored him with an Alumnus of the Year Award for his dedication to the university and its students. Colbert serves as a Trustee on the Central State University Foundation Board.
In 2010 Michael and his wife Marquetta, an independent nurse practitioner, opened Colbert Family Health and Wellness, a full-service health practice located in Trotwood, Ohio, that provides health care to those in need throughout the Dayton area.
A Xenia native, he is a strong supporter of his hometown and a proud inductee into the Xenia Community Schools Foundation Hall of Honor. He also was named a “Top Ten African American Male” by the Parity, Inc., organization in Dayton and has received recognitions from the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association, the Ohio Grandparent Kinship Coalition, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, the Farmworker Agencies Liaison Communications Network, and the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission. One of his greatest honors is an Adoption Advocacy Day award he received from the Ohio Adoption Planning Group, for his leadership in promoting adoption and making finding permanent homes for children a priority. Additionally, Michael also received the Central State College of Business Alumnus of the Year Award and the Ohio CSEA Directors' Association OCDA "The Power of One Award".
Our Mission: To improve the health, safety and welfare of our citizens, the strength of our economy and the quality of our environment.
Our Operating Principles...
- Teamwork: we collaborate, share resources and problem-solve together.
- Integrity: our actions follow our words.
- Commitment: we have a strong sense of ownership and we are all responsible for outcomes.
- Excellence: we are proud of our quality services and our continuous improvement efforts.
- Innovation: we are open to new ideas and methods of providing service.
- Mutual respect: we display positive regard through the acceptance of differences and value the ideas and cultures of others.
Our Management Philosophy...
- Public Service Focus: we must always remember that we are in existence to deliver quality public services that enhance the quality of life in our community
- Performance: we must constantly strive for excellence and high standards by challenging old methods and offering creative solutions
- Our People: We must value the commitment, knowledge and creativity of our employees. Employees work best when they have:
- A shared sense of purpose
- A common set of principles
- A voice based on an abundance of information
- An opportunity to generate and share new knowledge
Our Vision: Montgomery County is a nationally recognized leader in all of the services that we provide. Montgomery County is a preferred employer, diverse in its workforce, accepting of differences, where individuals can reach their maximum potential.