OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – Missouri Association of Counties (MAC) members voted Monday to name Warren County Assessor Wendy Nordwald as the new president of the organization at their annual conference in Osage Beach, Missouri.
Nordwald has served as the county assessor since 2004 and has been on the MAC Board of Directors since 2010. In 2013, she was elected to the MAC executive board, and in the past has served on its legislative committee.
She recently ran unopposed in November to begin her fourth four-year term in office.
“I am honored and humbled,” Nordwald said. “What a great privilege to serve my colleagues, to be elected by my colleagues across the state of Missouri is a tremendous honor. I can’t thank them enough for their belief in me to a good job and represent them well.
Nordwald will replace outgoing president Don “Doc” Kritzer, the associate commissioner of Callaway County. Kritzer has served in the role of president of MAC since November and will vacate the position because he is retiring from his 12-year career in county government. Members of the MAC board are required to be elected officials.
She said that one of her first priorities in office would be to address the health care concerns of counties across the state who have seen costs skyrocket. She said that one of her early proposals would be to look into a self-insurance plan to alleviate costs and benefit their members.
“Counties across the state are seeing huge shortfalls in their budget and issues with health care premiums,” she said, adding that the MAC would be examining multiple options to alleviate those high costs.
Nordwald will serve for a one-year term, and in the future, she has hinted she may run for Rep. Bart Korman’s House seat when he becomes term-limited in 2018.