Magda Gonzalez Receives Cal-ICMA Ethical Hero Award

Magda Gonzalez, city manager of Half Moon Bay, California, receives award from Cal-ICMA President, Michael Beck. ICMA President-elect Pat Martel and ICMA President Jim Bennett were on hand for the January 28 presentation.

During the recent City Managers’ Department Conference of the League of California Cities, Cal-ICMA presented its Ethical Hero Award to Magda Gonzalez, city manager of Half Moon Bay, California.

This distinguished award recognizes ICMA members who have served in the local government profession with dignity, honor and integrity and have demonstrated exceptional ethics while carrying out their duties in local government.

Because ethics are so integral to the city management profession and ICMA is firmly dedicated to promoting ethics, this award is viewed by Cal-ICMA as extremely high profile and one of the greatest honors that an individual may achieve. 

Magda Gonzalez, currently city manager of Half Moon Bay, California, was recognized for her dedication and commitment to improving the profressionalism in East Palo Alto, California, during her two years as manager there.  The inscription on the presentation reads:  "For Upholding the Highest Standards of Ethical Conduct as Prescribed by the ICMA Code of Ethics."

Those honored with this award in the past include:

2012 (City of Bell response)

  • Arne Croce
  • Pam Easter
  • Ken Hampian
  • Debbie Kurita
  • Kevin O'Rourke
  • Bill Statler
  • Al Venegas


  • Rod Gould
  • Doug Willmore

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