Excellence in County Government

 The Excellence in County Government Awards program honors county personnel who have shown excellence in their service to county government. Give someone in your county the recognition they deserve!


2015 Excellence in County Government Award Winners

County Commissioner

Bill Bowman, Boman County Commissioner
Nominated by ND County Commissioners Association

Mr. Bowman's nomination and letters of recommendation all cited his leadership statewide both in his role as a Commissioner and as a State Senator representing District 39. He is known as a “go-to” advocate for oil counties, particularly bringing attention to the needs of oil counties to retain more of the revenues being raised there to address immediate impacts.

County Official

Linda Svihovec, McKenzie County Auditor/Treasurer
Nominated by McKenzie County Board of Commissioners

Linda’s nomination by the Board of Commissioners describes her as a steady hand at the helm of a county that has experienced rapid and dramatic change in the heart of the Bakken oil boom. She has served 25 years, first as Deputy Treasurer, then Treasurer, then transitioned to Auditor, and now serves the combined Auditor/Treasurer position. She was President of the North Dakota Association of Counties in 2010 and has played a role in important county-related legislation, including the Governor’s task force on property tax reform.


Kim Nadeau, Rolette County Sheriff's Department Office Deputy
Nominated by Rolette County Board of Commissioners and Sheriff's Department

Kim is credited with keeping the Sheriff’s Office running smoothly through the years with five sheriffs, 28 full-time and 13 part-time corrections and dispatch officers and 20 deputies. She has acted as jail administrator and accepted a variety of other duties as required whenever the department is over-burdened or in transition.

County Officials Hall of Honor

Mark Koeser, Former McKenzie County Road Superintendent
Nominated by the McKenzie County Board of Commissioners

With over 35 years of outstanding service to the county, Koeser not only ran a top notch department and transportation system, but worked overtime to help other departments and volunteered his time and talents in the community. His efforts to build and promote excellent athletic fields and facilities was recognized by the community of Watford City when they named the new softball facility he headed up “Koeser Field of Dreams.”

Dedicated Partner

Governor Jack Dalrymple 

Governor Dalrymple was cited for his hands-on approach to working on property tax reform and infrastructure funding, both of which were high priorities in his administration. His personal involvement in issues important to local government extends back to his legislative service, and his detailed knowledge of the needs of local government is clear to anyone who has worked with him on these issues.

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