Podcast: Bertha Henry Believes There Is Nothing More Rewarding Than Public Service

As a local government leader, Bertha Henry balances community needs with available resources.

It has been quite a year for Bertha Henry, county administrator of Broward County, Florida. She received ICMA’s Award for Career Excellence at last year’s ICMA Annual Conference and Governing magazine named Henry a Public Official of the Year. But those who know her are not surprised. Her passion for the people she serves and the profession of local government management drives her to make a difference “day in and day out,” as she says. In this podcast, Henry talks about the challenges her community has faced—from natural disasters to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida—and how it has brought people together. She also discusses why she believes it is important to serve in a leadership capacity in local government, “to lift all in the community you have to help shape public policy.” 

Note: Image courtesy of David Kidd, Governing photographer 


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Bertha Henry, county administrator, Broward County, Florida. 



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