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​Mecklenburg Budget Director Receives Top Award


BryantManagement and Budget Director Michael Bryant may now add one of the highest public service awards in local government to the long list of awards his office has received for its development, execution, and monitoring of Mecklenburg County's $1.7 billion operating budget.

Bryant is the recipient of the 2017 A. John “Jack” Vogt Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Advancement of Local Government Budgeting & Evaluation.  The award is presented by the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association and recognizes innovators in advancing budget and evaluation practices.

Recipients are nominated by past Vogt Award winners and must have a minimum of 10 years of local government service in North Carolina.

“I have always enjoyed working with budgets over the course of my career. Each budget cycle presents a different set of challenges and requires a team effort to develop a spend plan that meets the needs of the community,” said Bryant. “What excites me beyond the number crunching, is peeling back the layers to discuss the policies and array of services that are supported by the budget.”

“Although the Office of Management & Budget is not a direct service provider to our customers, it is gratifying to know that the work I am accountable for is having a positive impact on the lives of many in the community I call home. It is an honor and a privilege to receive this prestigious award and be among past recipients who have made significant contributions in the public service field. This award is another example of how Mecklenburg County is viewed by our peers in this State and Country for our sound budget & fiscal practices.”

The award is named after Dr. Jack Vogt, who was recognized in 2006 for his 34-year legacy as an innovator, teacher and mentor.

Bryant has been with Mecklenburg County since 2003 and has nearly 20 years of experience in City, County, and State government. His career in government includes employment with the City of Durham, the NC Governor’s Office and Granville County, NC. County Manager Dena Diorio named Bryant Management & Budget Director in January 2014.