Public Administration Awards

Distinguished Public Service Practitioner Awards

This American Society for Public Administration - Georgia Chapter, Distinguished Public Service Practitioner Awards recognize sustained, outstanding achievement in, and contributions to public administration and public service through applied practice in the field. The recipients of this award must be, or have been, a practitioner with a significant and established record in public service. Service may be tied to any public service environment (local, state, federal, international, government or nonprofit). (click here for printable version)

- Eligibility Criteria

The recipient of this award:
(1) Must have a minimum of one year of 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 Georgia. Current elected officials are not eligible unless the career achievements for which they are nominated occurred during careers in non-elected public service.


- 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.

Please describe the nominee’s contribution to 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


- Procedures and Documentations

To be considered for this award, a candidate must be nominated by a current member of ASPA-GA.
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 the 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.

- Submission Requirements

(1) The nominating letter and nominee’s resume may be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word attachment.
(2) The deadline for receipt of all materials will be February 15, 2018. Only nomination packets received by this date will be considered.

-The Award

The committee will receive and assess nominations, and will present the award at the scheduled luncheon of the ASPA GA Statewide Conference, March 29-30, 2019 at Point University in Peachtree City, Georgia.


Submit nominations no later than February 15, 2019 to
Tanya R. Brinkley