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County Administrator, Patrick J. Thompson

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Patrick Thompson was hired as the Winnebago County Administrator in August 2020.  Mr. Thompson's duties include overseeing more than 1,100 County employees and preparing the County's annual operating and capital budget totaling more than $200 million.  He is responsible for managing the cost-effective delivery of county services for almost 300,000 residents.  He coordinates the implementation of County Board policies, ordinances, regulations and resolutions.  As the County Administrator, Mr. Thompson is accountable for organizational efficiency, day-to-day operations, and achievement of the County Board strategic goals.

Mr. Thompson served as Regional Vice President of the National Association of County Administrators.  He is also a member of the International City/County Managers Association, the National Association of Counties, and the Illinois City/County Managers Association.

Prior to his service in Winnebago County, Mr. Thompson served as County Administrator in three Wisconsin Counties (Dunn, LaCrosse St.Croix) and County Administrator in Jefferson County Colorado and Hamilton County Ohio.

Mr. Thompson received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Foreign Language from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1981, and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin in 1983.

He and his wife, Mary, live in Roscoe, Illinois.  They have five children and seven grandchildren.

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