2018 AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED
2018 nominations are currently under review. Recipients will be notified in June and will be recognized during ICMA's 104th Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD; September 23-26, 2018.
Check back in January for information on the 2019 awards program
YOU MUST BE LOGGED INTO YOUR ICMA ACCOUNT TO ACCESS THE ONLINE NOMINATION SYSTEM!Questions: Contact Felicia Littky at (202) 962-3656 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
SUBMITTING A NOMINATION
1) You must be logged into the ICMA website in order to submit a nomination.
a. If you do not have an ICMA website account, you will need to set one up in order to submit the nomination. Please set up your ICMA account here. When setting up the account, use the email address at which you wish to receive communications from us regarding this submission.
2) Once you are logged into the website, go to “my account”. You will see “Awards” on the top blue menu bar. Hover over the “awards” tab and you will see links to nominate either a Professional Excellence or Program Excellence Award. Click on the appropriate tab.
3) Alternately, if you are logged into the website you may go directly to the appropriate nominations page by following the links below
a. Professional Excellence
b. Program Excellence
4) Follow the online prompts and be sure to fill out all information. Do not forget to upload the narrative that needs to be included with the nomination, where appropriate. IMPORTANT: The saved name of the documents you are uploading cannot contain spaces. CORRECT FILENAME FORMAT - NO SPACES: CityOfXYZProgramNarrative.pdf INCORRECT FORMAT: City of XYZ Narrative.pdf
5) ALL NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 ARE DUE BY MARCH 9.
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.
- 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 with significant executive level responsibilities in the areas of staff management (supervising staff development and performance, having direct influential relationship with department heads on program implementation and administration), financial management (preparation and administration of operating budgets, determining program cost effectiveness and comparing alternative strategies), policy facilitation and implementation (developing and analyzing policy alternatives and implementing policies), and service delivery (ensuring effective organizational performance, having responsibility for diverse major staff and / or line functions) 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.
- 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. (Nonmember CAOs are encouraged to join ICMA and enjoy the many benefits of belonging to this international organization.) Local governments must limit their nominations to one program per category--with a maximum of five Program Award nominations per year. Each nomination must be distinct from the others. Programs must have been fully implemented by January 31, 2018 to be eligible for nomination in 2019. The CAO of the local government must be a full member of ICMA for a program to be eligible for submission, this is in-sync with one of ICMA's core beliefs that professional management is an integral component of effective local government and is also a benefit of membership in your professional association.
- Community Diversity and Inclusion Awards (NEW in 2018!) recognize communities for organizational achievements building or celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. The program may be nominated for either work done within the local government organization or the community at-large. This award came to fruition following a recommendation from ICMA's Task Force on Inclusiveness and with approval of the Executive Board.
- 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 last year allows for the program to show at least a year's worth of success and progress for the awards evaluation panel to review. To be eligible for a 2019 award, the program must have been fully implemented by January 31, 2018
An independent Awards Evaluation Panel of 17 U.S. and international ICMA members selects each year’s award recipients. In addition to a program’s overall creativity and/or innovation, ICMA’s Awards Evaluation Panel will consider:
Scope, Importance, and Value of Activity/Contribution
- How important are the services? Who benefited?
- How has the program affected the lives of the service recipients?
- Is the program aligned with ICMA’s core beliefs**?
- Has the program led to measurable efficiencies and/or cost savings?
- Has the program significantly improved service delivery or operations?
- Can the program be replicated in other communities?
Quality and Creativity
- Does the program demonstrate leadership?
- Does the program demonstrate excellence?
- How innovative was the program?
Other Factors (if applicable)
- Community engagement
- Positive feedback from constituents
- Overcoming barriers
- Application of technology.
** ICMA Core Beliefs: representative democracy; the highest standards of honesty and integrity in local governance as expressed in the ICMA Code of Ethics; the value of professional management as an integral component of effective local government; the council-manager form of government as the preferred form; the value of international association; and ensuring diversity in local government and in the organization.
Past Award program booklets
Past AwardS DISPLAY GALLERY POSTERS
- ICMA-TV interview with Bertha W. Henry, County Administrator, Broward County, FL: Recipient of the 2017 Award for Career Excellence in Memory of Mark E. Keane
- ICMA-TV interview with 2016 recipients of Career Excellence, Career Development and Strategic Leadership & Governance Awards
- ICMA-TV interview with 2016 recipients of Assistant Excellence in Leadership and Early Career Leadership Awards
- 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 Marc A. Ott, City Manager, City of Austin, TX: Recipient of the 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.
ICMA congratulates the Recipients of the 2017 Local Government Excellence Awards. They were recognized during ICMA's 103rd Annual Conference as well as through the awards program booklet found in the October 2017 issue of PM Magazine. A full listing of all eligible nominations received in 2017 is available here.