Public Service Award

The DAPA Public Service Award

The DAPA Public Service Award was developed almost 40 years ago to recognize a public administrator who has made substantial contributions to professional public management and service in Delaware. The first award was presented in 1974, and the criteria established for the first award continues to guide the selection process for the DAPA Council, which now selects the recipient.

AWARD ELIGIBILITY

Awards winners are selected from all levels of public service—local, state, and federal government and nonprofit organizations. Eligibility also includes individuals from the private sector who have made significant contributions in public service in Delaware. Nominees will be considered on the basis of two primary selection criteria: commitment and dedication to public service and/or leadership in public service. Specific examples of these criteria are provided below.
 
Commitment and Dedication to Public Service

  • Has made a profound difference in improving service to the public
  • Fostered a more democratic society
  • Served as a champion of social equity

Leadership in Public Service

  • Been willing to take risks to achieve change
  • Changing the way a government or nonprofit organization operates
  • Serving as a role model for other public servants

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

  • 2016 – Constance Holland, AICP, Director, Office of State Planning Coordination for the State of Delaware
  • 2015 – The Honorable Rita M. Landgraf, Secretary, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, and Dr. James P. Flynn, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
  • 2014 – Myrna Bair, Ph.D., Former Delaware Senator, and Director, Personal Leadership Development, Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware, and Tania Culley, Esq., Child Advocate of Delaware
  • 2013 – Lolita A. Lopez, President & CEO of Westside Family Healthcare
  • 2012 – Peter T. Dalleo, Clerk of Court for the U. S. District of Delaware
  • 2011 – Kim Book, Founder and Executive Director of Victims’ Voices Heard, Inc., and Roy Lopata, former Planning Director for the City of Newark

The award is presented at the DAPA annual dinner which is usually held in December. For more information about this award, please contact DAPA Council Member Julia O’Hanlon at jusmith@udel.edu.

 

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