August 7, 2018: Ryan T. O’Connor has been hired as the Ramsey County, Minn., County Manager, effective on Monday, July 30, 2018. O’Connor joined Ramsey County in 2013 as the Director of Policy and Planning. He has been the Deputy County Manager of the county's largest Service Team, Health and Wellness, since 2016. The hire follows a months-long recruitment effort that began when current County Manager, Julie Kleinschmidt, announced her retirement earlier in 2018. The County Manager makes recommendations to the county’s Board of Commissioners, implements the Board's policies, provides leadership and direction to nearly 4,000 county government staff, and develops and implements an operating budget of more than $710 million. Before he joined Ramsey County, O’Connor worked as an associate for Richardson, Richter and Associates, providing consulting services to public organizations. He’s also held positions with the Association of Minnesota Counties, and he worked in various public policy positions in London, England, Washington D.C. and Bloomingtion, Indiana. O’Connor received a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from the University of South Dakota, and he received a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University. He lives in Saint Paul and is on the Saint Paul College President’s Advisory Council and the University of South Dakota Farber Fund Board of Directors.