Commissioners Announce County Administrator Selection

Montgomery County Commissioners Judy Dodge, Dan Foley and Debbie Lieberman have announced the selection of Michael Colbert as the next Montgomery County Administrator.  Colbert is currently Assistant County Administrator – Development Services and oversees Workforce and Economic Development.   He will replace Joe Tuss who is retiring at the end of August.
“Michael brings an invaluable range of experience that spans state and local government,” said Commission President Debbie Lieberman.  “He has an exceptional track record in project implementation, strategic planning, budget and financial management, community and economic development, and fostering public and private partnerships.”
Colbert started with Montgomery County in 2015 and currently oversees Development Services which includes the County’s Workforce and Economic Development Departments. In that role, Colbert is responsible for multiple programs and initiatives including Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs, YouthWorks, Talent Recruitment, Project Hire, the Business Solutions Center the ED/GE program, MicroEnterprise Grants, Building Regulations, the Planning Commission, BusinessFirst, and the Dayton Region Israel Trade Alliance.
“It is truly an honor to be appointed Montgomery County Administrator and continue the County’s long-standing tradition of investing in people through outstanding public service,” said Colbert. 
Prior to coming to Montgomery County, Michael was the Vice President of Sivic Solutions Group SSG LLC, New York, 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’s extensive leadership experience also includes serving two years as the Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) where he was responsible for a $23 billion annual budget, 4,000 employees and numerous statewide programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Workforce Investment Act, Medicaid, adoption and foster care, child support, and unemployment compensation programs.  Prior to that, he was the Chief Fiscal Officer (CFO) for ODJFS and Senior Audit Manager for the Ohio Auditor of State. 

Colbert is a United States Army Veteran and graduated from Central State University.  He will assume his role as Montgomery County Administrator on September 1, 2018.