Montevideo Assistant City Manager Angie Steinbach has officially accepted the position of Yellow Medicine County Administrator. Steinbach will begin her duties with Yellow Medicine County on January 7, 2019, and will take over the reigns from long-time YMC Administrator Peg Heglund who is retiring at the end of January.
Steinbach has worked in Montevideo since she became the Director of the Montevideo Chamber of Commerce in 2009. In July of 2012, she became Montevideo’s Community Development Director, and in August of 2015 she was promoted to the position of Assistant City Manager for the City of Montevideo.
When the position of Yellow Medicine County Administrator opened up, Steinbach filled out an application and proceeded to go through the application process, which included an in-person interview. “I felt the interview went very well, and I was pleased when I was eventually offered the position,” said Steinbach. T
he Yellow Medicine County Board offered her the position on Nov. 13. Details of the contract were hammered out, and at a special meeting on Nov. 27, commissioners unanimously voted to go approve the contract with Steinbach. “The whole process went very smoothly, and to have the board vote 5-0 to approve the contract was wonderful,” said Steinbach. “I am really looking forward to working with the great staff that they have!”
In addition to the experience she gained while working for the City of Montevideo, Steinbach also brings a solid educational background to her new position with Yellow Medicine County. “Somehow, no one ever mentions this!” she laughed. “I have an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts; I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration; and I have a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. I’m also a certified flood plain manager, which was pertinent to Montevideo and it’s confluence of two rivers.” During her service to the Montevideo community, Steinbach rates her work on the Veterans Home as one of her favorite accomplishments. She said: “My work on the Vets Home for the past seven hears has been a big highlight. Also, the downtown business grants through the EDA. It took a year and a half to get those wrapped up, and those included technology upgrades and building upgrades.”
She also mentioned flood plain buy outs and the tornado safe room along north Hwy. 29, and the parks grant for Hillcrest Park as being significant.
“I really want to emphasize that there are a lot of great things coming up for Montevideo; I am very excited for Montevideo’s future!” Steinbach enthused.
As for her future, Steinbach feels she will fit in nicely in her position as administrator of Yellow Medicine County. “It is not going to be much different than what I’ve been doing here in Montevideo. I will, of course, be learning; I’m going into a county government system and I’ll be able to learn from my co-workers. Although I’ve never worked for a county government, I have worked alongside many county officials in the past,” she said.
For the time being, Steinbach and her family will continue to live in Montevideo. “The tight housing market is a factor, and my husband and I want to have our kids go to the Montevideo School District,” she said. “I was recently talked into being on the Parent’s Committee of Sanford school!” she laughed.