DIG E-CaseMain MenuIntroductionOlmsted CountyOlmsted County Community ServicesDisproportionality Integration Group (DIG)Dissemination and IntegrationLessons for Public ManagersTrupti Sarodeefd9e052c0174ae856fb4d7c0edc8dbb023ba2c6Catherine McKay979c80db4d6f6a61540bb8189bd8b2868349b9ce
1media/IMG_0625.JPG2016-11-18T11:11:23-06:00Olmsted County Community Services65image_header2017-08-11T11:20:16-05:00County governments in Minnesota are uniquely positioned to address the changing community contexts. Olmsted County’s experience with inequality and response have been dynamic with actions in learning, strategy, and implementation.
By the late 1990s, Olmsted County realized the issues in shifting demographics and wealth gaps, along with its own need for institutional change to meet the needs of its community. Community Services' leaders stepped up and led, stepping into situations where the problem and solutions were unclear. Leaders such as John Edmonds, a knowledgeable and skilled outside talent initially hired to design new interventions for family services and analyze system barriers; Jodi Wentland, an innovative manager with experience in other counties; and Paul Fleissner, a Director committed to making a better system were instrumental in pioneering institutional change efforts. Over time, Olmsted County has sustained a dedicated commitment and mental dexterity to push institutional change and create a more equitable system that addresses the needs of its changing community.
This timeline discusses major events and pivotal shifts in Olmsted County as it worked to understand the shifting needs of its community and make necessary adjustments.