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ASPA, NAPA Announce National Public Service Award Winners

Washington, DCASPA and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) established the National Public Service Award (NPSA) program in 1983 to pay tribute to exemplary public managers. For the past 20 years, the award has reflected our pride in the public service by communicating professionalism, encouraging excellence and promoting positive awareness of public administration.

Awards are presented annually to those individuals who have made substantial contributions as practitioners who have dedicated their careers to government service. Selected from all levels of government—local, state, federal and international—the recipients are public servants who have made outstanding contributions on a sustained basis.

The recipients will be acknowledged and presented their awards as part of the Donald C. Stone lecture followed by a reception in their honor on Monday, March 5th, during the ASPA National Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

This year’s NPSA winners are Donald J. Borut, Nani A. Coloretti, Patricia A. Dalton, Alina Tejeda Hudak and Thomas H. Warren, Sr.

The Keeper of the Flame Award, given to an individual who continues his or her public service career even after retirement, will go to Enid Beaumont.

National Public Service Award Winners
Donald J. Borut, Executive Director of the National League of Cities, manages the nation’s oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments. Borut has more than 40 years’ experience in municipal government and organizational leadership in the public interest sector. Prior to his NLC appointment in 1990, he was deputy executive director of the International City Management Association (ICMA), the nation’s preeminent organization representing professional administrators in local governments.

Nani A. Coloretti, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget, Department of the Treasury, came to the Treasury Department following four years in San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office, initially as a policy advisor and then as the budget director for the final three years. While working in the Mayor’s office, she engaged stakeholders and leadership to create and implement San Francisco’s $6.5 billion annual budget, and developed programs and policies to carry out the Mayor’s priorities in several areas, such as health care and information technology.

Patricia Dalton
, Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Government Accountability Office, assists the Comptroller General of the United States in providing leadership and vision for this legislative branch agency. She is responsible for day-to-day management to ensure that GAO, “the Congressional Watchdog,” effectively supports Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities. Dalton oversees the development of more than 1,000 reports and testimonies to Congress each year.

Alina Hudak,
County Manager, Miami-Dade County, Florida, has spent a career making
Miami-Dade a stronger government for a better community. For 27 years,
she has brought professional administration to the County’s leadership
team, winning accolades and respect from national organizations, local
community organizations and our 2.5 million residents. She has also been
a trailblazer: the first woman to run one of the County’s major
operational departments, the first Hispanic woman ever appointed as
assistant county manager, and now the first woman to serve as County
Manager.

Thomas Warren, Sr., President/Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Nebraska, retired from OPD in 2008 and took over a struggling Urban League affiliate that had 8 full-time employees and was operating with a deficit. In 4 years, the agency has been revitalized with 24 full-time employees, a doubling of the operating budget and a cash reserve. The ULN administers programs in Education/Youth Development, Employment/Career Services and Violence Prevention. It is also a traditional Civil Rights organization and advocates for social justice.

Keeper of the Flame Award
For over 55 years, Enid Beaumont has been an exemplar of distinguished public service and professional endeavors. Since retirement from full-time public administration responsibilities 16 years ago, Enid Beaumont has maintained an unbroken record as a “Keeper of the Flame” of professional public administration. She has particularly worked in leadership roles and in the trenches in support of ASPA and NAPA. She has also served in international development and adjunct professor roles.

Visit the National Public Service Awards (NPSA) web page for more information on how to nominate someone.

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