(June 27, 2019–St. Paul, MN) City of St. Michael Administrator Steve Bot was named as the 2019 James F. Miller Leadership Award winner today by the League of Minnesota Cities. The award was announced at the League’s Annual Conference of city officials in Duluth.
Bot has worked as the St. Michael administrator since 2012, after being employed by the city as an engineer and public works director. Prior to that, he was a civil engineer for the City of Plymouth.
For the past several years, Bot has served as chair of the Interstate-94 West Corridor Coalition for the expansion of I-94 in an effort to strengthen residential and business communities along the Corridor. Of his I-94 leadership, Bot’s nominators noted that he “…worked diligently with other communities, business owners, MnDOT officials, and state legislators to continue building support and securing the funding needed to make the expansions possible.”
In addition to his I-94 leadership, Bot was cited for his capital budget management, for increasing the city’s bond rating, and increasing staff retention among other achievements. Bot has also been heavily involved in the City Engineers Association of Minnesota (CEAM) and served as president of that organization in 2014-2015.
The Leadership Award is considered the League’s highest honor for appointed city officials and is given annually in recognition for outstanding service. It is named for former League Executive Director James F. Miller, who retired in 2015 after 22 years of service.
The League of Minnesota Cities is a membership organization dedicated to helping cities throughout Minnesota build quality communities through effective advocacy, expert analysis, trusted guidance, and collective action. The League serves its more than 830 member cities through advocacy, education and training, policy development, risk management, and other services.