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Local Government Excellence Awards

Honoring creative contributions to professional local government management and increasing public awareness of the value of professional management to the quality of life in our communities. NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2016! APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE DECISIONS IN EARLY JUNE

NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING IN JANUARY

2016 Award recipient information:

Congratulations on receiving a 2016 Local Government Excellence Award!  The list of all 2016 Award Recipients is found here.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Wednesday, July 6: deadline to submit photos for awards booklet (see guidelines)
  • Monday, July 18: deadline to complete Award Recipient Information Form
  • Friday, August 19: deadline for Program Excellence recipients to submit electronic poster for the exhibit hall (see guidelines)
  • Saturday, September 24: Leadership Dinner in Kansas City (invitation to come this summer)
  • Monday, September 26: Celebration of Service Reception at 5:00pm in Kansas City
  • Wednesday, Septebmer 28: Celebration of Service Ceremony in Kansas City-report at 8:00am.
Questions: Contact Felicia Littky at (202) 962-3656 or flittky@icma.org  

ICMA's Local Government Excellence Awards celebrate the value of professional management and honors creative contributions to professional local government leadership. The Awards highlight public awareness of the value of professional management and its impact to the quality of life in our communities. An independent Awards Evaluation Panel comprised of  U.S. and international ICMA members selects each years' award recipients.

2016 awards recognition

Recipients of the 2016 Local Government Excellence Awards will be recognized during ICMA's 102nd Annual Conference in Kansas City, September 25-28, 2016, as well as through the awards program booklet to found in the November issue of PM Magazine. 

Categories and Eligibility

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: Recognize individual achievement that may have been accomplished through tenure with a number of local governments or organizations. Individuals can be nominated in only one Professional Award category per year.

  • Award for Career Excellence in Memory of Mark E. Keane: Recognizes an outstanding chief local government administrator who has fostered representative democracy by enhancing the effectiveness of local elected officials and by consistently initiating creative and successful programs.
    Eligibility: ICMA full membership, a minimum of ten years of executive, senior-level service to the profession, and endorsement by a past or present elected official. This award is accompanied by a $5,000 stipend to promote professional development of local government managers, through the generous support of  ICMA-RC. The stipend award will run through 2018.
  • Award for Career Development in Memory of L. P. Cookingham: Recognizes an outstanding local government administrator who has made a significant contribution to the career development of new talent in professional local government management. 
    Eligibility:
    ICMA full membership.
  • Assistant Excellence in Leadership Award in Memory of Buford M. Watson, Jr:  Recognizes a local government management professional who has made significant contributions toward excellence in leadership while serving as an assistant (regardless of title) to a chief local government administrator or department head. 
    Eligibility: ICMA membership and endorsement of the CAO of nominee's jurisdiction. Must be full-time assistant reporting to a chief local government administrator or department head who has been responsible for significant administrative duties for at least one year (not including internships in conjunction with an academic program).
  • Academic Award in Memory of Stephen B. Sweeney: Recognizes a classroom instructor who has made a significant contribution to the formal education of students pursuing careers in local government.
    Eligibility: Unrestricted.
  • Early Career Leadership Award in Memory of William H. Hansell Jr: Recognizes an outstanding early-career local government professional who has demonstrated leadership, competency and commitment to local government as a profession. 
    Eligibility: 
    ICMA membership, less than ten years of service to local government, and endorsement by a past or present local government manager or elected official. This award is accompanied by a $5,000 stipend to promote professional development of early career local government professionals, through the generous support of ICMA-RC. The award will be offered for five years, starting in 2014 and running through 2018. 

PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARDS: Presented to local governments and their chief administrators in recognition of their innovative and successful programs. Program Excellence Awards can have multiple recipients.

Awards are presented to local governments for each of three population ranges: less than 10,000, 10,000-49,999, and 50,000 and greater. Multi-participant nominations will be classified in the population range that corresponds to the population of the largest participating organization.

Any local government whose chief administrator is an ICMA full member is eligible to receive a Program Award. Local governments must limit their nominations to one program per category--with a maximum of four Program Award nominations per-year. Each nomination must be distinct from the others. 

  • Community Health and Safety Awards recognize the local government programs or processes that demonstrate innovation, excellence, and success in the community's safety, health, and/or wellness, including enhancement in the quality of life for the disadvantaged. This category is sponsored in part in memory of Carolyn Keane, first wife of former ICMA Executive Director Mark Keane, and in memory of Bill and Alice Hansell, parents of former ICMA Executive Director Bill Hansell.
  • Community Partnership Awards recognize the programs or processes that demonstrate innovation, excellence, and success in multi-participant involvement between or among a local government and other governmental entities, private sector businesses, individuals, or nonprofit agencies to improve the quality of life for residents or provide more efficient and effective services.
  • Community Sustainability Awards recognize the innovative local government programs or processes that demonstrate innovation, excellence, and success in balancing that community's social, economic, environmental, and cultural needs.
  • Strategic Leadership and Governance Awards recognize the innovative and successful local government programs or processes that have significantly affected a local government organization's culture or strategic direction.

*The implementation date of January 31 of the preceeding year allows for the program to show at least a year's worth of success and progress for the awards evaluation panel to review.

Nomination Reminder: be sure to complete the online form AND submit the written narrative via email to flittky@icma.org .  Partial nominations cannot be accepted.

2015 awards recognition

Recipients of the 2015 Local Government Excellence Awards were recognized during ICMA's 101st Annual Conference in Seattle/King County, Washington, September 27-30, 2015, as well as through the awards program booklet found in PM Magazine.  The full list of recipients and nominees is now available.

Past Award program booklets

Past AwardS DISPLAY GALLERY POSTERS

Video Archives

  • ICMA-TV interview with 2014 recipients of Career Excellence, Career Development and Assistant Excellence in Leadership Awards.
  • ICMA-TV interview with 2014 recipients of Academic and Early-Career Leadership Awards.
  • ICMA-TV interview with City of Austin, City Manager, Marc A. Ott (recipient of 2013 Award for Career Excellence in Memory of Mark E. Keane and the Community Sustainability Award in populations over 50,000)
  • ICMA-TV interview with 2012 Professional Award Recipients.

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