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Distinguished Service Award

The ICMA Distinguished Service Award is given to a manager who has been retired from the profession for a minimum of 2 years and has made an outstanding contribution to the management profession and local government. Nominees must be members of ICMA. NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FEBRUARY 7-APRIL 24, 2017.

Nomination guidelines

The award is not given to recognize years of service in local government. Rather, it recognizes a manager whose service in his or her community or communities has been judged by peers as strong or exceptional, and who has made major contributions beyond direct service to local government. Specific career activities to be considered include:

  • A consistent pattern of leadership in regional, state, and national management associations.
  • A pattern of support to peers, colleagues, and young people entering the profession as a mentor, counselor, or "sage."
  • A history of developing and implementing innovative programs and sharing and disseminating these through writing, participation on conference sessions, or direct assistance through a one-on-one peer assistance program.
  • Teaching, lecturing, and/or supervising of interns through an undergraduate or graduate public administration program over an extended period of time.
  • Development of a special area of expertise that has been exhibited and recognized, both within the community and by peers.

In summary, the individual has to have made a lasting impact on the community and the profession.

A nomination for the Distinguished Service Award may be made by any member of ICMA, but self-nominations will not be accepted.

A maximum of two awards will be conferred each year (the Board has exercised its privilege to suspend the policy when in their view, more than 2 nominees were extremely qualified for the award)

Use this form to submit a nomination.

Click here to see the list of past recipients.

Award Recipients will be honored during ICMA's 103rd Annual Conference in San Antonio/Bexar County, Texas; October 22-25, 2017.

Contact Felicia Littky, Program Manager, Membership, at 202/962-3656 or flittky@icma.org with questions or for more information.

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