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Tanya Ange will begin her role overseeing all county employees and operations on August 24.

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY - Tanya AngeThe Washington County Board of Commissioners named the county's new top official Wednesday, July 1, citing her focus on equity and inclusion and data-driven approach to government.

Tanya Ange will serve as Washington County administrator, overseeing all county staff and operations, starting Aug. 24, officials said in a statement Wednesday.

Ange has been deputy city manager in Boulder, Colorado, for the past four years. Prior to that, she was assistant to the city manager of Mankato, a city in southern Minnesota with a population of about 42,000 people, for three years. She later became Mankato's deputy city manager and chief of staff, a position she held for seven years.

Ange was also previously a recreation supervisor with the Parks and Recreation Department in New Brighton, Minnesota, a community of 23,000 northeast of Minneapolis.

Ange will take over as county administrator from Stephen Rhodes, who has been serving as interim county administrator since January 2020. Rhodes was appointed to the position after former county administrator Robert Davis stepped down in late 2019, retiring after 13 years in the role and 36 years total working for the county.

Kathryn Harrington, chair of the county board, said in a statement that Ange's "managerial experience and values-driven approach to local government set her apart" from other candidates.

"Tanya comes to Washington County with a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion and a data-driven approach to making the most of limited public resources for community benefit," Harrington said. "The full Board of Commissioners looks forward to seeing (how) Tanya's commitment to organizational excellence will transform the Washington County organization as we work to meet the evolving needs of our diverse community."

Ange will start later this summer as the county continues to grapple with coronavirus pandemic's impact on the community. The county's number of coronavirus cases now exceeds 1,330, the third-highest in the state. Hispanic and Latino residents, who make up a sizable minority of the county's overall population, have been disproportionately affected.

Ange also will begin as pressure on local governments to eliminate systemic racism persists following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in May.

In Boulder, Ange has overseen management of the city manager's office, including equity-focused initiatives, Washington County officials said Wednesday. She also oversaw the budget, human resources, communications and more.

Boulder has 1,390 full-time employees and an annual budget of $353.7 million.

Washington County, which has 2,230 full-time employees recently adopted a $1.4 billion budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

"I am excited and humbled to serve as your next county administrator and look forward to partnering with the Board of County Commissioners, outstanding staff and community in delivering critical and equitable services to our community," said Ange in a statement Wednesday.

The county conducted a six-month national search, which resulted in 60 candidates, conducted by Catherine Tuck-Parrish of the Novak Consulting Group. The process involved a community stakeholder group and county department heads, who provided feedback to the board after meeting with the top finalists, the county said.

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