Plymouth City Manager Receives State’s Highest Honor for Local Government Management
Plymouth City Manager Dave Callister was honored with the Dr. Robert A. Barrett Award for Management Excellence by the Minnesota City/County Management Association (MCMA). The award was handed out last week at a conference in Brainerd.
The award recognizes Callister’s leadership, mentoring, and commitment to local government management. According to MCMA, the award winner demonstrates respected leadership in their city; serves as a role model for others in city/county government as well as in the profession of local government management; and has a track record of supporting professional local government through outreach to peers, the public and those entering the profession.
“I’ve been in the profession for 36 years. I’ve been to four different cities and also in the private sector, so I was very honored and humbled by receiving this award,” said Callister. “I’ve been fortunate to be able to work with a lot of great people, and being part of a lot of great organizations such as Plymouth over the years.”
Callister also credits his family with supporting his career, which has included many nights spent at long city council meetings.
According to a release, Callister is also known for his commitment to mentoring staff through professional development. His nominators described him as a leader who is always available for questions or conversations and one who is eager to expose staff to various aspects of municipal government
Callister has served as Plymouth’s city manager since 2013. In that time, he’s led the city through the renovation and expansion of the Plymouth Community Center, construction of two major fire stations, expansion of the Plymouth Maintenance Facility, and development of the Northwest Greenway, just to name a few accomplishments.