Nomination Period for 2017 Mass ASPA Annual Awards is Now Open

Each year Mass ASPA has presents three awards for distinguished achievement in public service.
         
1) The Robert H (Tex) McClain Jr. Distinguished Public Administration Award is presented to an individual or group who is acknowledged as a results-oriented leader and whose contributions may encompass individual exemplary accomplishment or a long-standing series of achievements in public service. The individual or group advances the art, science, and processes of public administration and the equality of opportunity of all persons through public administration in Massachusetts by demonstrating the expertise to:
• lead and manage in public governance;
• participate in and contribute to the policy process;
• analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions;
• articulate and apply a public values perspective; and
• communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.
 
2) The Marcia P. Crowley Distinguished Citizen Award is presented to an individual or group who is recognized as an outstanding leader/contributor in their own field, whose contributions have benefited the citizens of Massachusetts, and who has demonstrated long-term support for public service in his/her professional capacity and personal efforts. The individual or group advances the art, science, and processes of public administration and the equality of opportunity of all persons through public administration in Massachusetts by fostering the core public service values of ASPA, namely:
• Accountability and performance;
• Professionalism;
• Social equity; and
• Ethics at the local, national or international level.

3) The Distinguished Veteran Award is presented to an individual who is recognized as an outstanding US Veteran who has exemplified leadership in his respective branch of the Armed Forces and community.  The individual has contributed to the defense and security of the nation and state in an exceptional manner and who has demonstrated public service in his/her military and professional career and advances public administration and the equality of opportunity of all persons through public administration by fostering the core public service values of ASPA:
• Contributions above and beyond in service to the veteran community and their local communities
• Leadership, dedication innovation and impact in serving this community
• Efforts add to the powerful narrative that veterans are dedicated, lifelong public servants from whose efforts all of the communities stand to benefit
• Impact the lives of those they serve, but also the overall advocacy effort for Massachusetts veterans
• Significant contributions in volunteer work in support of veterans and/or the military
 
Now is your opportunity to nominate our public service colleagues whose accomplishments you believe should be recognize through these awards. To nominate a person for an award, please submit the following information to our awards program Chairperson, Adam Garvey at agarvey@lhma.org.  
 
1. The individual's name and current profession
2. The award for which you are nominating him or her
3. Past achievements and/or professional experience and the reasons that you believe that this person should receive the award per the criteria in the bullet points above.
4. Your contact information.
 
The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 17, 2017.  All nominations will be referred for review and decision to a nomination committee whose members are Mass ASPA past-presidents and current Council members. Nominees will be notified by the nomination committee.  The Mass ASPA Council and officers will certify and notify recipients and then make arrangements for them to attend the award presentation at our annual dinner meeting on May 11, 2017.