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Assistant Excellence in Leadership Award
Sandy’s assistant administrator was recently recognized by the International City Manager’s Association (ICMA) at their annual conference in Kansas City. He received the Assistant Excellence in Leadership Award. The ICMA’s award program included the following article about Scott.
“Scott Bond could be considered a local government management Renaissance man. In his 25 years with Sandy City he has supervised a wide range of functions and staff, including risk management and litigation; facilities; city recorder; passports; justice court; human resources; community events and the Arts Guild; Sandy City Amphitheater; management analysts; and office support and interns.
He adds immeasurable value to the city with his analytic and decision-making skills. Nothing demonstrates his abilities in this area better than his management of the city’s escalating health care costs. Since he started directing the human resource functions for the city, Mr. Bond has encouraged his staff to find ways to get as much value as possible out of every dollar spent on health care.
Under his leadership, the city has taken measures that were ahead of their time in the areas of health insurance and wellness.
For example, Sandy City was an early adopter of changes that encourage better consumer decision making by health care plan participants, using high deductible plans, HRAs, HSAs, and FSAs long before most organizations. He guided his staff to institute wellness programs, but worked hard to make sure the benefits were tangible and measurable. He helped create an on-site health care clinic at Sandy City Hall, with a doctor to serve city employees and their families both for immediate needs and long-term health issues. The program reduced ongoing health care costs and increased benefits to employees; as a result, the city’s most recent health insurance renewal quote included an increase of less than 2 percent.
Mr. Bond shines in his current role supervising community events, including the Arts Guild and Sandy City Amphitheater. He has overseen multimillion-dollar improvements to the amphitheater and an increase in the number of community events. Working with the division director, Mr. Bond has brought critical analysis to arts programming, putting in place performance measures such as cost and revenue analysis and regular assessments of marketing performance. By following his lead, arts groups have more resources for programming and projects, and are exceeding their goals.
Scott Bond rounds out his skills with his ability to work with all types of individuals, actively support and encourage staff goals, and coordinate across different departments and among a variety of organizations to get things done.”