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Teacher inspired Bosshardt’s career

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By Kirsten Laskey

Ninth-grade social studies inspired Brian Bosshardt, assistant county administrator, to pursue a career in public service.

“I had a wonderful ninth-grade social studies teacher who instilled in me a love for politics and government. She was just a wonderful teacher,” Bosshardt said.

Bosshardt graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., with a degree in political science and earned his master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University in Tempe.

His passion for government continued when he worked for the city of Westminster, Colo., and then spent 10 years working in Chandler, Ariz.

Bosshardt begins his position in the county July 12.

Bosshardt’s life-long dedication to this work was a factor in getting the job as assistant county administrator.

County Administrator Tony Mortillaro said he selected Bosshardt for the job because “he possesses the experience and the skills that will contribute to our organizational objectives in the county.”

Mortillaro said all of the work Bosshardt did in the past reflects what the county is striving to achieve.

For instance, Mortillaro said Bosshardt was responsible for

developing and implementing high-performance organization strategies as well as leading green team initiatives such as reducing carbon footprints.

Mortillaro said Bosshardt was also involved in special projects and worked with neighborhood preservation and outreach programs.

As assistant county administrator, Bosshardt will carry on these responsibilities.

He will provide oversight to the county’s environmental services such as the Eco Station, oversee the airport and be involved in special projects.

Some of the work may look the same but it is being done in a different setting.

Chandler, Bosshardt said, has a population of 250,000 so Los Alamos offers an opportunity to work with a small town. Bosshardt said the smaller demographics suit him fine.

“(It) puts you a little closer to the work and the people you work with,” he said.

There is always work improving resources and services and striving toward improvement is rewarding, Bosshardt said.

Besides his work, Bosshardt said he enjoys living in Los Alamos.  

“There seems to be a lot of quality people who work for the community and … want to be involved with the government,” he said. “People want to be involved in making the community as active and vibrant as possible.”

Outside of the office, Bosshardt loves to cook and is happy that Los Alamos offers a great range of outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking.

He added he has a real passion for music, too.