Molly O’Rourke, Washington County administrator, has announced that she will retire at the end of January.

O’Rourke became county administrator in 2012. Prior to that, she was the county’s deputy administrator, and the director of the county’s taxpayer and services and elections department, and the assistant auditor-treasurer. She joined Washington County in 1995. Previously, she worked for the City of St. Paul.

The County Board, which hires the county administrator directly, will discuss the process for her successor at its meeting Dec. 17.

In her note to employees announcing her retirement, O’Rourke said that she will miss her “work family” at the county. “I have had the envious opportunity to learn about the tremendous work done by you; to interact with hard working, intelligent, dedicated people; and to grow my own skills and abilities,” she said. “It has been a privilege and an honor to be part of the leadership team of this organization.”

O’Rourke holds a master of public administration from Hamline University and a bachelor of social development from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She has been active in the Stillwater Noon Rotary Club, and the Minnesota City/County Management Association, from which she received the Dr. Robert A. Barrett Award for Management in May. In her nomination for the award, it was noted that O’Rourke’s work with both staff and elected officials has resulted in the county maintaining its AAA bond rating, keeping infrastructure in great shape, and successfully delivering services for residents. O’Rourke was also the recipient of the 2019 Hamline University School of Business Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award.

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