Norman E. Brickl
When Norm Brickl became the director of Sauk County Department of Human Services in 1987, he brought with him a vision grounded in family-centered values and strength-based services for children and families. He proceeded to implement a coordinated service delivery system for families dealing with multiple systems and complex issues. A public-private partnership was developed in an effort to enhance collaboration across systems and to increase community and family involvement. Mr. Brickl, who has devoted his entire career to working on behalf of children and families within the child welfare system, has transformed the way children and families are involved with and receive supports and services throughout Wisconsin as well as in Sauk County. Prior to Sauk County, he held a variety of direct service and administrative positions at both state and county levels. Mr. Brickl has demonstrated leadership and a strong commitment to prevention and early intervention strategies, which support families in achieving self-sufficiency through formal and natural support systems. As a leader on statewide issues, he has been a driving force behind the development of the Southern Training Partnership. One of four statewide training partnerships, the Southern Training Partnership delivers competency-based training for child welfare case managers. Mr. Brickl served as an active member in the steering committee for this partnership and later as the chairperson. Additionally, Mr. Brickl has been involved in the statewide training council, again in the capacity of chairperson. His leadership of both these groups facilitated the development of a strong, statewide training system for child welfare case managers and supervisors. He has served on a variety of statewide committees in his efforts to achieve a positive impact on services at state and county levels. Although Mr. Brickl retired from his current position in 2003, his commitment to the field endures as he intends to continue to work with the partnerships to enhance the knowledge and skill level of child welfare case managers and to consult on projects that have statewide impact on the manner in which services are delivered to children and families in Wisconsin. An exemplary leader, Norm Brickl's actions and contributions establish him as a true asset to Wisconsin's child welfare system.