Robyn Sykes, executive director of Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust, announced her intention to retire this fall during the May 14 MCIT Board of Directors meeting. The MCIT Board of Directors expresses its appreciation for her many years of service advancing the mission of MCIT.
Sykes’ career spans more than 42 years working for and with Minnesota county government. Beginning as an investigator in the Koochiching County attorney’s office in 1979, then as Isanti county coordinator before joining MCIT in 1995. In 1999 she assumed the role of MCIT executive director.
Under Sykes’ leadership, MCIT has evolved into a nationally recognized premier government risk sharing pool, providing coverage, and risk management and loss control services to its membership.
During her tenure, Sykes led the construction of MCIT’s 39,000-square-foot headquarters in St. Paul, worked tirelessly developing in-house expertise to provide full-service assistance to members, coordinated a major software conversion and most recently led the organization through the challenges associated with the pandemic.
Sykes has served as a mentor and role model for many during her career, including MCIT’s current staff of more than 40 associates.
On behalf of the board, Chairman Felix Schmiesing said, “We thank Robyn for her many years of service and dedication to MCIT. Her passion, vision and sense of humor will be greatly missed, and we wish her all the best as she transitions into a new, well-deserved chapter of her life. She has our gratitude for positioning MCIT well for the future as we work to build upon her accomplishments.”
Over the coming months, the board of directors will be assessing organizational needs and developing a plan to identify a new executive director.