Join us in congratulating and celebrating the 2022 Local Government Excellence Award recipients. These awards recognize influential contributions to local government management and demonstrate how the profession enhances the quality of life in our cities, towns, and counties.
This year we are pleased to announce that five talented individuals and fourteen inventive programs will receive awards. Take a moment to appreciate and applaud your peers!
Professional Award Recipients
Award for Career Excellence in Memory of Mark E. Keane
Vincent Long, county administrator, Leon County, Florida
Award for Career Development in Memory of L. P. Cookingham
Dr. Mark S. Watson, city manager, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Assistant Excellence in Leadership Award in Memory of Buford M. Watson Jr.
Lauren Vasquez, assistant city manager, Monrovia, California
Academic Award in Memory of Stephen B. Sweeney
Dr. Robert E. Lee, MPA coordinator and associate professor, Florida Gulf Coast University Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Early Career Leadership Award in Memory of William H. Hansell Jr.
Justin Casanova-Davis, MPA, assistant town administrator and acting finance director, Brookline, Massachusetts
Program Award Recipients
Community Equity and Inclusion Award
Storm Lake Community Outreach, Storm Lake, Iowa (population 10,000-49,999)
Thrive Livingston: Livingston County's Rural Anti-Poverty Plan, Livingston County, New York (population 50,000 and greater)
Community Health and Safety Award
Southeastern Massachusetts Regional 911 District, Foxborough, Massachusetts (population less than 10,000)
Oakland Park COVID-19 Vaccination Site for Vulnerable Seniors, Oakland Park, Florida (population 10,000-49,999)
Homeless Strategic Plan, Vista, California (population 50,000 and greater)
Community Partnership Award
Lucas Farmers Market, Lucas, Texas (population less than 10,000)
Neighborhood Ambassadors, North Liberty, Iowa (population 10,000-49,999)
Financial Analyst, Public Works – Transportation, Boulder, Colorado (population 50,000 and greater)
Community Sustainability Award
Bondurant Economic Development Launch Program, Bondurant, Iowa (population less than 10,000)
City of Lake Forest’s Rethink Recycling Campaign, Lake Forest, Illinois (population 10,000-49,999)
High Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement Project, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada (population 50,000 and greater)
Strategic Leadership and Governance Award
Strategic Continuous Operational Redesign and Evaluation (SCORE), Bondurant, Iowa (population less than 10,000)
New Development Fiscal Analysis, Fate, Texas (population 10,000-49,999)
Behavioral Health Access Program, Coral Springs, Florida (population 50,000 and greater)
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