Of Colorado's 64 counties, 52 counties have administrators/managers according to ACCA President Joanne Spina, Assistant La Plata County Manager. ACCA has 50 member counties says Spina, who was on the award selection committee, "All of the nominees for 2001 Administrator of the Year were outstanding candidates worthy of distinction; however, Frank is distinguished by his efforts to create a "culture of innovation and excellence" in Larimer County government that is admired and respected by many throughout the state. He has committed himself personally and professionally to Larimer County for 20 years, and for as many years, has served as a resource to colleagues throughout Colorado. It is a pleasure to honor and recognize Frank for his efforts as a change agent and a veteran of county administration."
Lancaster is the current Vice President of ACCA and also held the position in 2000. Previously he served as an ACCA District Coordinator. Lancaster has been with Larimer County since 1981. He was originally hired in the position of County Forester. In 1986 he became the Director of Natural Resources. In August of 1994 Lancaster was assigned Interim County Administrator and in October of 1994 he was appointed to the position of County Manager.
Lancaster was nominated for the award by the Chair of the Larimer County Board of Commissioners, Kathay Rennels, "Frank Lancaster has done an exceptional job of keeping up with the activities and needs of our dynamic county. He is an excellent example of leadership. It has been a pleasure to work with him." Larimer Assistant County Manager Neil Gluckman also had praise for Lancaster, "Frank has all the qualities of an excellent leader. He has vision, he empowers, he listens, and he takes action."
Approximately 251,500 people live in Larimer County, which encompasses 2,640 square miles from the Boulder county line north to Wyoming, and the Weld County line west to the Continental Divide. With over 1300 employees, Larimer County is among the ten largest employers in the County. The proposed 2002 Larimer Budget is $ 204, 479, 264 (204-million, 479-thousand, 2-hundred-64 dollars). In addition to his family, Lancaster's passion is white water rafting; he is a respected river guide.