County Administrator - Sarah Plinsky
Sarah Plinsky was hired as the County Administrator in September 2019 after serving in the interim position for nine months.
Before becoming the administrator, she had served as the Assistant County Administrator since December 2010. In that role, Sarah led the Administrative Services Department, which includes financial management, budget, human resources, risk management, worker’s compensation and purchasing functions for the organization.
Previously, Sarah was the Assistant to the County Manager in Johnson County, Kansas. In Johnson County, she also served as the Interim Assistant County Manager for the Community Services Team and as Interim Director of Public Health.
Sarah is a graduate of Leadership ICMA (International City and County Management Association) and the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. Sarah holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.
By Karrey Britt | Communications Specialist
Douglas County Administrator Sarah Plinsky credits a Lawrence High School program for piquing her interest in government.
“Youth in Local Government” was a program where juniors learned about local government by attending board meetings. Students served on all types of boards: city, county, health department, hospital, fairgrounds and aviation. Sarah spent her year with the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, which seemed fitting because she had worked as a summer day camp counselor for the agency as a teen. “I went to their meetings and watched and learned. Sometimes they would ask for my feedback, and sometimes they wouldn’t,” she said. “Being able to hear conversations about park needs and plans was a great learning experience.”
After graduating from LHS in 1992, she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. “While I was in college, I thought I wanted to work for the state because I thought local government was mostly about roads and sewers,” Sarah said. “It is about roads and sewers, but it's also about people. That’s when I decided that I wanted to work for local government.”