Not the grammys, emmys, but metro area’s public official award
By Elsa Maxey
Sugar Land City Manager Allen Bogard along with four others has been nominated for the Houston Metropolitan Area Public Official of the Year award. Next month the 3rd annual Public Official of the Year Ceremony will be held, March 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the University of Houston Hilton- Waldorf Astoria Ballroom.
That’s when the winner of the prestigious award will be announced. But Dr. James Thurmond, University of Houston director of the Master in Public Administration (MPA) program, said it is an honor to have them all as finalists. “In addition to emphasizing trust, accountability, performance, ethical decision-making, and crossing boundaries to solve problems, the MPA program encourages its students to make these qualities a priority as they develop their careers within the public sector,” qualities he said are those of the finalists. Dr. Thurmond, who served as city manager of Missouri City for 10 years, retired from city government in 2003 after 30 years of service.
Other finalists for the annual public official award are Mike Alford, District Engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Houston District; Julie M. Robinson, Dickenson City Administrator; Mario Diaz, City of Houston Airport System Director; and Dottie Kaminski, City of La Porte Council Member at Large.
Sugar Land’s Bogard has been city manager since 2001, he’s worked for the city for over 18 years, and has over 35 years of municipal experience. In 2005, he received the Administrator of the Year Award presented by the Texas City Management Association. Currently Bogard is leading the city’s initiative to update its Land Use Plan which documents the land use policies that guide development within the City.
James Calaway, CEO and President of Center for Houston’s Future, The Regions’ Think Tank, will be presenting the keynote address at the awards luncheon underwritten by Peter H. Brown, director of Better Houston.
For more information, interested persons are asked to contact James Thurmond, firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-743-3930.
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