Q: How would you describe your year as NACo president?
It was amazing. One of the most memorable experiences I have had in my elected life. It would not have been possible without the support of my family, the people of Douglas County (particularly District 3), my fellow Douglas County Board members, and the NACo staff and membership.
Q: What was the most challenging part of your role as president?
The travel and balancing home, my real job at Creighton University, and my responsibilities as a Douglas County commissioner.
Q: What did you find most interesting or exciting?
I was excited to travel to the member states and have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the issues affecting their counties. It was exciting to represent such a respected organization. To be president during this phase of the organization’s growth, as we work to build one of the premier trade organizations in the country, made it exciting to be at the “decision-making table.”
Q: What advice would you give your successor?
Respect the history of the organization, but don’t rest on it. Challenge the membership...constantly and find your NACo voice.
Q: What are you most proud of?
Being part of the committee that chose Matt Chase as executive director. I believe it will be looked at as one of the pivotal points in NACo history.
Q: What’s next for Chris Rodgers?
Supporting the new president and looking for ways to be relevant once my days as an officer have ended. I would love to be part of a national think tank on the issues of re-entry, health or cybersecurity.
Q: Final thoughts?
It has been an honor to be the NACo president. That sums it up the best. I sincerely thank the membership for this opportunity, and the NACo staff for all the support.