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SECoPA Solicits Nominations for the 2011 Distinguished Public Service Practitioner Award

The Southeastern Conference of Public Administration (SECoPA) is now inviting nominations for the Distinguished Public Service Practitioner Award to recognize sustained, outstanding achievement and contributions to public administration and public service through applied practice in the field. The award will be presented at a scheduled luncheon or banquet event as part of the general SECoPA Conference, scheduled for September 2011 in New Orleans, LA. For more on SECoPA, please visit the website http://www.aspaonline.org/secopa/.

Please provide all nominations electronically to Stephen Condrey, [email protected], by no later than May 1st, 2011. The eligibility and Award Criteria are detailed below.

I. Eligibility Criteria
The recipient of this award:

  1. Must have a minimum of five year’s service as a public service practitioner.
  2. May have served in any type of public service environment–local, state, federal, or international, in either government or nonprofit environments;
  3. Must have made the considered contributions while providing his/her public service within the SECoPA region.

Current elected officials are not eligible unless the career achievements for which they are nominated occurred during careers in non-elected public service.

II. Award Criteria
Candidates will be assessed on the extent to which they have made a sustained contribution to innovative, effective, and/or inspirational practice. Candidates must have consistently demonstrated ethical behavior in public service. Specific standards should include one or more of the following:

  1. Innovation/creativity–The development and implementation of innovative programs or processes that positively impacted an organization.
  2. Leadership–Ability to inspire, problem-solve, and move an organization forward while working productively with colleagues; a personal commitment to and demonstration of standards of excellence including the highest ethical standards.
  3. Impact–Demonstrated accomplishments that have positively impacted their organization and or community.
  4. Operational excellence–The implementation of significant changes or processes that enhanced work productivity, efficiency, effectiveness, and quality.


III. Procedures and Documentation

To be considered for this award, a candidate must be nominated by a current member of SECoPA. The nominating individual must provide:

  1. A nominating letter that includes: the nominee’s name, position, current employer, and a comprehensive summary of the nominee’s contributions to public service that warrant receiving the award, including specific examples of outstanding accomplishments within the areas listed in Section II Award Criteria.
  2. A resume for the nominee that includes the nominee’s position, current employer, current contact address, phone number and email address, employment history, educational attainment, and civic and professional activity and service. Nominations will be assessed on the extent to which the justification provides specific information and examples related to the criteria listed above.


IV. Submission requirements

  1. The nominating letter and nominee’s resume may be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to [email protected]
  2. The deadline for receipt of all materials will be May 1, 2011. Only nomination packets received by this date will be considered.

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