Debbie Rathert has taken over as the Executive Director of the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments this week. The position is responsible for day-to-day operations of the council as well as managing and coordinating all the different programs that fall under the council’s umbrella.


Here's a Q&A, A get to know her, and 5 phrases starting with "I am…"


Meet Debbie Rathert

Age: 51

Family: Husband, Jim, and two children, Josh and Jadrien

Favorite Meal: Medium–rare Filet Mignon and baked potato. I also enjoy a good hot dog when I can get one.

Last Book Read: I am currently reading three books. I always have a book with me. Last week I completed “The Eight” by Katherine Neville and “Carved in Bone” by Jefferson Bass.

Favorite Vacation Spot: The Rocky Mountains


Debbie Rathert has taken over as the Executive Director of the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments. The position is responsible for day-to-day operations of the council as well as managing and coordinating all the different programs that fall under the council’s umbrella.

Q & A
Q Where did you grow up?
A I grew up in the Midwest. I have lived in South Dakota, Illinois (twice), Wisconsin (twice), New Orleans, a summer in Texas, and Missouri (twice) since 1972. I graduated from Jefferson City High School and the University of Missouri – Columbia (twice).

Q What do you do in your off time?
A I read, work on home improvement and design projects, and travel. When I get together with family, we like to play Pinochle.

Q What kind of experience do you bring to the position?
A I bring extensive grant experience, strong administrative skills, experience working in and with public and private sector entities and a proven track record.

Q What do you think will be the greatest challenge?
A The greatest challenge will be to develop a community-driven vision for economic growth and progress in the four-county area.

Q Why?
A Everyone in the area has a stake in this success, but bringing the forces together is challenging in itself. Yet the greater challenge is to create a common vision that requires us to see beyond today into an unknown tomorrow. I hope to use my position as the council representative to leverage funds and provide information to community leaders to assist them in making short-term AND long-term decisions to benefit the people they represent.

Q How do you hope to conquer that challenge?
A  I hope to conquer that challenge by gathering broad public input and seeking unique, creative solutions in challenging financial times.

Q What do you think will be the most rewarding aspect of the job? Why?
A I think seeing new opportunities come into this region and seeing established businesses thrive will be quite rewarding. If it’s done well, it should increase the quality of life for all residents of the four-county area and visitors alike. I hope to work with the board and council members to establish the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments as a go-to entity for information and ideas. If those things happen, I will know I have done my job well.

Meet Debbie Rathert
Age: 51
Family: Husband, Jim, and two children, Josh and Jadrien
Favorite Meal: Medium–rare Filet Mignon and baked potato. I also enjoy a good hot dog when I can get one.
Last Book Read: I am currently reading three books. I always have a book with me. Last week I completed “The Eight” by Katherine Neville and “Carved in Bone” by Jefferson Bass.
Favorite Vacation Spot: The Rocky Mountains
 

Describe yourself in 5 phrases starting with “I am”
1. I am a person with high standards and high expectations.

2. I am open to a wide variety of opinions and points of view.

3. I am eager to assist others and enjoy learning.

4. I am experienced enough to know that life goes on, that tomorrow will come, and the crisis of my day will either be there tomorrow or it won’t. All I can do is my best at any given time.

5. I am a huge NASCAR fan, an avid reader, and enjoy logic and crossword puzzles.


About Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments
• Serves the four-county region of Camden, Laclede, Miller and Morgan counties.
• Its Board of Directors comprises of representatives from these counties as well as municipalities within the jurisdiction.
• Working with federal and state agencies, the council provides coordination and technical support to local municipalities including planning, grant writing and administrative assistance on a variety of issues, such as economic development, transportation and other infrastructure projects.
Main Office: 34 Roofener, Camdenton
Phone: 573-346-5692
Chair: Tom Wright, Miller County Presiding Commissioner