Today is "Andy Lisak Day" in Douglas County.
County board chairman Mark Liebaert proclaimed Friday, Jan. 22, as a day to honor the county’s former administrator.
Lisak served as the director of the Development Association before taking on the role of county administrator in July 2010. He resigned in January 2018, several months after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Lisak died Dec. 21, 2020, at the age of 58.
During his time as county administrator, Lisak had many achievements, Liebaert said. He implemented a priority-based budgeting system, developed plans to continuously fund highway improvements and launched an employee health and wellness program. He worked with departments to develop plans for continuity of county operations and prioritized and advanced economic development projects.
His administrative approach is still used by the county today.
“Andy was a strong advocate representing Douglas County on various boards and commissions throughout the region and state,” Liebaert said.
Lisak's wife, Sara Dorfman, said the proclamation is particularly meaningful for his family.
“Andy was a true son of this city, and an advocate for this city … and most importantly for its people,” Dorfman said. “It means a great deal to us.”
Dorfman said her husband’s entire extended family is honored to have a day dedicated to him.
Lisak is also survived by his daughter Hannah (Owen) Wagner, son Thomas Lisak-Dorfman, grandson Ezra Wagner, mother Katherine (Stariha) Buck, stepfather Ray Buck, siblings Theresa (Mark) Wilander, Margaret Lisak, Frances (John) O’Shaughnessy, Thomas (Elizabeth) Lisak and many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, in-laws and great friends.
“The community lost an incredible person way too early,” Dorfman said. “He’ll be hard to replace.”
Liebaert said Lisak’s love for his community was evident, and his years of service were marked by “exemplary dedication” to Douglas County and its citizens.
Lisak would routinely visit county departments and greet employees, spending a few minutes to get to know them, Liebaert said.
“Andy had an outstanding work career with Douglas County that deserves recognition, but he will be remembered most for his love of family, friends, community and life,” Liebaert said.