The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 10, 2010
State workers receive public administration awards

The Sacramento chapter of the American Society for Public Administration on Thursday recognized seven individuals and organizations with itsAwards of Excellence.

This year's winners included three state employees:

Public Administrator of the Year
Eileen Monaghan Teichert, Sacramento City Attorney

Community Service
Sierra Health Foundation

Government Innovation
The "CALGreen Team" - Doug Hensel, assistant deputy director, California Department of Housing & Community Development
Dave Walls, executive director, California Buildings Standards Commission

Intergovernmental Cooperation
Mike McKeever, Executive Director, SACOG

Rising Star
Manal Yamout, special advisor to the Governor for Renewable Energy Facilities

Chester A. Newland Award for Academic Excellence
Dr. Richard Callahan, associate dean and director of State Capital and Leadership Programs, University of Southern California

Ross Clayton Award for Lifetime Distinguished Public Service
Larry Combs, County Executive Officer, County of Merced (formerly of Sutter County)

Read more about the awards and the recipients by clicking here.

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