Mark Rounds named to top 50 Missourians You Should Know in 2017
Seeing how deeply and actively his public-servant parents cared about community and neighbors, Mark Rounds wanted a career that would let him help people, and that led him away from his Kansas hometown, just outside of St. Joseph, Missouri, and to the housing projects of Tulsa. “Before I knew it, I had spent a very successful and rewarding 30-year career of public service in Oklahoma,” where he had become City Manager of Claremore, northeast of Tulsa.
In 2013, Lexington offered Rounds an opportunity to move closer to his roots. Among his favorite accomplishments as city administrator is a four-county economic-growth program that fostered a collaborative atmosphere by which public/private partnerships can thrive. “Lexington is currently working on this type of partnership to renovate Downtown buildings and provide good quality housing,” he says. According to someone who works with him, Rounds’ efforts are getting him noticed around the state: “I have not met a city administrator who demonstrates such a high level of energy, knowledge and vision in regard to his work,” one mayor said.