Highlighting Four ICMA Members for Their Dedication to Public Service

In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, ICMA highlights some of its members who have received recognition for their outstanding dedication to public service.

May 9, 2018 | BLOG POST

by Niles Anderegg, research and content development associate, ICMA

Many local government professionals go out of their way not to seek recognition for the good that they do for their communities. In a recent episode of ICMA’s podcast, Local Gov Life, Jane Brautigam, city manager, Boulder, Colorado, believes that if local government was doing its job right her residents would “never have to think about government.” With that in mind, Public Service Recognition Week (May 6 to 12) provides an opportunity to recognize the public servants who are behind the scenes doing extraordinary work for the public good. Here are ICMA members who have been recognized for the work they do:

  • Lance Hedquist, city administrator, South Sioux City, Nebraska, received the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool’s (NMPP) Bob Arraj Innovative Service Award at its annual meeting in March 2018. The award recognizes an official or NMPP employee who excels in the areas of service and/or uses innovative technological changes in the utility industry.
  • Bertha Henry, county administrator, Broward County, Florida, was named a 2017 Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine. Last year, Henry received ICMA's 2017 Award for Career Excellence.
  • Bruce Channing, retired Laguna Hills, California, city manager and ICMA Regional Vice President, received the League of California Cities’ 2018 Wes McClure Award in recognition of outstanding service to the profession.
  • Stacy Schweikhart, community relations director, Kettering, Ohio, received a 2017 Route Fifty Navigator Award in the Next Generation category.

To see some 2017 ICMA award winners, check out our award poster or our list of past distinguished service award recipients. Also, these are just a few of the members who have been recognized for their work. If you know of others, share your stories in the comments below.  

Related Content

2018 Local Government Service Award Recipients (Preliminary List). This document lists the recipients who will receive ICMA service awards for their length of service to the profession in 2018.

How Five Communities Appreciate Their Employees. This 2018 blog post looks at how five communities recognized their employees with their own employee recognition programs.

ICMA Awards and Recognitions. This page details the various awards and recognition programs that ICMA gives to its members. 


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