Distinguished Service Award

This award is for an individual has to have made a lasting impact on the community and the profession.

Nomination guidelines 

The ICMA Distinguished Service Award is given to a manager retired from the profession for a minimum of 2 years and who has made an outstanding contribution to the management profession and local government. 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.

Use this form to submit a nomination.

Except in unusual circumstances, a maximum of two awards will be conferred each year.

Click here to see the list of past recipients, including the 2017 recipients: Alexander E. Briseno (San Antonio, TX), Rodney S. Gould (Greenbrae, CA) and David R. Mora (Salinas, CA).

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

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