Area leaders named to Top 100 Influencers list
Jim Healy, Jamie Ludovic honored
Officials from the village of Richfield and Washington County have been named by the Engaging Local Government Leaders organization to the Chris Traeger List of Influencers.
Richfield Village Administrator Jim Healy and Washington County Central Services Director Jamie Ludovic were nominated and were named to the list. Healy is No. 84, while Ludovic earned the 90th position on the list.
The Chris Traeger List recognizes the top 100 influencers in local government. Traeger was the city manager for the fictional city of Pawnee, Indiana, on the show “Parks and Recreation,” played by Rob Lowe. He was known for extreme energy and commitment to improving local government. The organization has not yet released the names of the top 20 members of this year’s list.
Ludovic said she was surprised to hear she had made the list.
“I know that they put out a call for nominations and I know we have some individuals in Washington County that are members of that organization,” Ludovic said. “Anytime you get any sort of national recognition it’s an honor, especially when you look at the types of energizers and innovators that are on that list. I think they try to include in the list the people they see as the up and comers in the profession.”
Healy said he was also surprised and honored by the recognition.
“When you look at some of the major U.S. markets like Boston, Las Vegas, Dallas that are represented on the list. I think the gentleman who won it last year was the police chief in Dallas, Texas,” Healy said. “To be on a list with people of that caliber is incredibly humbling.”
Healy said ELGL is a newer professional organization that has membership in all 50 states.
ELGL officials said The Traeger List is not based on title or longevity. It’s based on an individual’s influence in their community and outside their community through professional associations, mentoring, and writing. Nominations were submitted from local government professionals from across the country. This year, ELGL members selected the top ten of the list. The ELGL Evaluation Team reviewed and selected the remaining 90 members of the list.
In the news release announcing this year’s list Healy was described as follows: “Word on the Street: Jim holds the duties of administrator, clerk, treasurer, and chief of police. He leads a small team of about 10 to 12 full time employees in a community of about 11,500 residents. Often if I want to leave a phone message for him after hours, he answers the phone. He is always respectful to all residents even when they complain. He is community minded and serves on the Washington County tourism board and member of Richfield Lions Club. He continually connects with the public that he serves.”
This is what was said about Ludovic: “Word on the Street: Jamie is a positive leader with an upbeat personality. She is continually coming up with new innovative ideas to support the park system of Washington County. She also continues to develop a strong social media presence for the county which creates a greater awareness of the services that our offered at the county level.”
Healy has worked for the village since May 2010 and has been serving as the village administrator for the last several years. He also serves in the capacity as the community’s clerk, treasurer, and planning and zoning administrator.
Ludovic, formerly the assistant to the county administrator, has also served as the interim planning and parks administrator and then was named to her current post as central services director. In that role she has division oversight responsibilities in the Planning and Parks Department. Ludovic has also served in management positions in various communities, including some in the states of Illinois, North Carolina and Wisconsin.