The Texas City Management Association (TCMA) recognized Sugar Land City Manager Allen Bogard as Mentor of the Year during TCMA’s annual conference in June.
The award recognizes “the city management professional who has made significant contributions in the development of new talent and/or who has designed and implemented outstanding career development programs for local government employees.”
TCMA noted Bogard’s impact on many young professionals throughout his career and especially in Sugar Land. Under his leadership, Sugar Land developed successful internship and management assistant programs intended to proactively recruit and retain new talent in the organization. The programs focused on succession planning and professional development.
Also during Bogard’s tenure, the City created an Emerging Leader Academy to further invest in the organization’s workforce. Ten employees are selected annually to participate in a year-long self-assessment and learning program under the mentorship of a department head. The program was created to develop broad organizational knowledge of municipal government and cultivate skills necessary to carry out the City’s mission.
“Sugar Land has one of the most talented work forces in the state because of Allen’s commitment to developing both new and tenured employees,” said Mayor James Thompson. “We are incredibly grateful not only for his service to Sugar Land but also for his dedication to ensure that there will be a new generation of professional local government leaders in the future.”