During their first meeting of 2024, members of the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) confirmed the appointment of Albert Bertram as the new director of the County’s Office of Management and Budget. He replaces Toni Brady, who assumed the post of Deputy County Administrator in October of 2023.
A native of Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula (EUP), Bertram was previously the Finance Specialist for the Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools Office (BMCC CSO), where he oversaw everything financially related to all the schools authorized by the BMCC CSO.
After leaving that office, he continued to work with the CSO on a contractual basis as a field representative.
Later, Bertram served as Treasurer and then Tribal Manager (Executive Manager) over all the Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC) governmental departments before becoming the chief financial officer (CFO) for the BMIC. In that capacity, he oversaw all financial activity for both the BMIC government and other enterprises.
Meanwhile, he served as a member of the local township’s planning commission.
Following his confirmation, Bertram welcomed the chance to serve Hernando County. “Thank you for the opportunity and I appreciate the trust and all the kindness that was treated to me as I came down and settled in,” Bertram told the panel. “I look forward to working with everyone.”
Bertram lives in Hernando County with his wife, Megan, and their two children.
Before he assumed the post, the County’s search for a budget director began on Sept. 1 and continued to Nov. 11, 2023.
According to Hernando County Government Public Information Officer Dominique Holmes, a total of 21 applicants sought the job before the position was offered to Bertram on Nov. 14, 2023.