Dan Weinheimer (2017)

Transparency, mentoring next generation leaders

Position: Deputy County Manager, Routt County, CO

Best known for: Being humble, transparent, and best practice-oriented. Kirsten Wyatt, executive director of Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) says of Dan “He is a mentor, a friend, and a leader. He’s never “too busy” to help out with a conference presentation, provide guidance to new professionals joining the field, or plan creative opportunities for people to connect, communicate, and educate. His dedication and commitment to public service goes beyond his day job and I’m grateful for his work with ELGL to make local government fun and accessible.”

Public service career: Weinheimer’s public service career began as an undergraduate student, when he worked on Capitol Hill prior to obtaining his Masters in Public Administration degree at the University of Southern California. After graduating, he transitioned to a career in local government – working in three California cities before moving to Colorado. He served as the policy and project manager for the city of Fort Collins, CO from 2012-16, before being assuming his current position as the Deputy County Manager of Routt County, Colorado.

Biggest challenge: Advancing projects in a complex and political environment.

Greatest reward: “I have enjoyed seeing the positive results of my (and my colleagues’) work in the communities we serve. Specifically, I enjoy seeing residents and visitors express a positive view of their community at meetings and on social media.”

Why public service: Weinheimer says that he likes complexity and challenges. He saw a public sector career as an opportunity to match his desire for meaning and complexity with his dedication improve the communities in which he lives.