Cobbins named interim assistant county administrator

Bridgette Cobbins (Photo from UG newsletter)

Unified Government County Clerk Bridgette Cobbins has been named the UG’s interim assistant county administrator.

Cobbins will assume the duties and responsibilities of recently retired Assistant County Administrator Gordon Criswell, according to an announcement.

“Mrs. Cobbins has served Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County dutifully for nearly twenty-five years in multiple positions with increasing levels of responsibility,” said Doug Bach, county administrator, in a news release. “I have full confidence in her ability to lead with integrity, honesty, and openness.”

Cobbins’ interim position began on Jan. 11, and she will continue in this role through 2021, according to the announcement.

A lifelong Wyandotte County resident, Cobbins graduated from Wyandotte High School before completing her undergraduate degree in business administration at Ottawa University and Master of Business Administration at Benedictine College.

She first joined the UG nearly 25 years ago as a data entry cerk and control clerk at the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department. Since then, she has held a number of positions with increasing levels of responsibility. Most recently, she served as the UG’s county clerk.

In her new capacity as interim assistant county administrator, Cobbins will be responsible for overseeing and supporting the Area Agency on Aging, Community Corrections, Human Services, Municipal Court, the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department and the Clerk’s office.

“I consider it an honor and privilege to serve my community in this new capacity,” Cobbins said in the news release. “My approach to leadership is straightforward: my job is to let the subject matter experts do their work and support them in any way needed to make sure they are successful. I also want our community to know that their public servants are never out of reach. Your participation and partnership matter and every individual is welcomed to provide their input.”

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