Annual WCMA Awards Program

Guidelines


To submit an Award Nomination, send your nomination to:

Darrell Hofland
Scholarship, Awards, and Recognition Committee Co-Chair

Nomination Form




“An award honoring and acknowledging outstanding achievement as a local government management professional in the State of Wisconsin.”



Guidelines


A. Purpose

The Member Awards Program Award serves to honor and acknowledge outstanding individual achievement in local government management in the State of Wisconsin. Individual achievement may be described as anyone or combination of the following:

  1. Recognizing significant positive and dignified career contributions to the profession of local government management and to the communities for which we serve.
  2. Recognizing significant contributions by creating innovation, demonstrating dedication and/or implementing successful programs and services to the betterment of Wisconsin communities.
  3. Profound service to the profession by enabling the advancement and growth of the local government management profession and WCMA.
  4. Recognizing efforts that facilitate the development of new talent and/or career development programs for local government employees interested in pursuing the profession of local government management.

B. Award Categories

  1. Meritorious Service Award - This award shall be presented to a WCMA member who qualifies as a full WCMA member and whose service speaks to any or all of the four purposes identified in Item A above
  2. Futures Award - This award shall be presented to a WCMA member whose service speaks to any or all of the four purposes identified in Item A above.
  3. Outstanding Program Award – This award is designed to recognize outstanding programs that a member has been responsible for creating and/or implementing. Members may nominate their own programs for this award.

C. Administration & Process

1. Nominations

a. Who may nominate?

Nominations shall be actively sought from WCMA members, local elected officials, and other local government professionals (i.e., department heads, supervised staff, etc.). Members are not eligible to self-nominate (except for the Outstanding Program Award). The Awards Committee is also allowed to provide nominations. The Awards Committee shall utilize various publications and state associations to advertise the request for nominations, such as newsletter, website, regional meetings, e-mail broadcast, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Wisconsin Towns Association, Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Clerk’s Association, Wisconsin Governmental Finance Officers Association, etc.

b. Minimum Award Eligibility Qualifications

In order to be eligible to receive an Award, the nominee must meet all of the following minimum criteria:

  •   Nominee is a member in good standing of WCMA, as applicable to the Award Categories identified it item B above.
  •   Nominee has no pending ethical inquiries or ethical public censures.
  •   Nominee has not received the same Award within the past 10 years.
  •   Nominee for Futures Award are limited to members in their first 5 years of local government management.
  •   Nominee for Meritorious Service Award must have a minimum of 20 years of local government management.

c. Nomination Form - Click link

2. Schedule

a. Mid-January- Scholarship, Awards, and Recognition Committee meets to prepare for upcoming nomination process.
b. February 3 - Nominations open and promoted in WCMA newsletter, social media and at Winter Conference
c. April 10 - Nominations closed.
d. April - Scholarship, Awards, and Recognition Committee meets to prepare recommendation to WCMA Executive Board.
e. May - WCMA Board receives recommendation from Scholarship, Awards and Recognition Committee and considers approval of    award recipients.
f. June 22 - Awards announced and presented at the Annual Conference.

3. Scholarship, Awards and Recognition Committee

The Committee is represented by eight WCMA members who are appointed by the WCMA President. The purpose of the committee is to promote the awards program, coordinate the nomination process, review nominations, provide award recommendations to the Executive Board, annually determine the physical nature of each award, and carry out detailed tasks related to administration of the awards program (i.e., press releases, etc.). If any member of the committee is nominated for an award, he or she shall be dismissed from the committee for that particular year.

4. Final Selection

The final selection of award recipient(s) shall be completed by the Executive Board prior to the June Annual Conference. In any given year, no more than one (1) award from each award category shall be presented. The Executive Board may make a determination, in the case of special circumstances, to allow multiple awards from a specific award category. However, such practice shall not be regular practice and should be carefully determined. If the nominations provide no justifiable award recipient(s) based on the review of the Scholarship, Awards, and Recognition Committee and/or Executive Board, it is within reason for no awards to be granted.

5. Presentation

Presentation of the awards shall occur during an Annual Conference event. The recipient(s) shall be provided a plaque or similar item to memorialize their award. A running list of all past and current award recipients shall be posted on the WCMA website and published in the annual membership roster. A representative(s) of the Scholarship, Awards, and Recognition Committee and/or the Executive Board shall also present the award during a meeting of the recipients governing body.

D. Budget

The Executive Board shall be responsible for budgeting adequate funds for the purchase of the personalized award(s) and other supplies related to the awards program.



Nomination Form


The WCMA MEMBER AWARDS PROGRAM NOMINATION FORM
(A copy of this information can also be found in the document center under Awards and Internships)

“An award honoring and acknowledging outstanding achievement as a local government management professional in the State of Wisconsin.”

AWARD CATEGORY (check one): __ Meritorious Service Award __ Futures Award __ Outstanding Program Award

Name of Nominee: _____________________________________________________________

Title / Organization: ____________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________ E-Mail: ________________________________

Qualifications for Award Nomination

Attach a narrative no longer than one page describing why the nominee is deserving of the award, based on the award purpose shown below.

The WCMA Awards Program serves to honor and acknowledge outstanding individual achievement in local government management in the State of Wisconsin. Individual achievement may be described as anyone or combination of the following:
1. Recognizing significant positive and dignified career contributions to the profession of local government management and to the communities for which we serve.
2. Recognizing significant contributions by creating innovation, demonstrating dedication and/or implementing successful programs and services to the betterment of Wisconsin communities.
3. Profound service to the profession by enabling the advancement and growth of the local government management profession and/or WCMA.
4. Recognizing efforts that facilitate the development of new talent and/or career development programs for local government employees interested in pursuing the profession of local government management.

Name of Individual Submitting Nomination: _________________________________________

Title / Organization: ____________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________ E-Mail: ________________________________

Nominator Signature: _________________________________ Date: ____________________