Hampton Roads Awards Nomination Open

Each year, the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in the practice or study of public administration. This year, the Hampton Roads Chapter is soliciting nominations for the following awards:

  1. Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service
    • Recognizes a Hampton Roads public administrator who is 40 years old or older and best exemplifies the criteria set forth for distinguished service in public administration. The award is named after Julian F. Hirst, who served as City Manager of Norfolk from 1975 until retirement in 1985. He also served as city manager for Martinsville and Roanoke and as Town Manager for Pearisburg and Pulaski. His role as Executive Director of the Virginia Municipal League further enriched his public administration career.
  2. George Robert House, Jr. Award for Outstanding Service
    • Recognizes a Hampton Roads public administrator who is less than 40 years of age and has demonstrated the key characteristics outlined in the award criteria. The award is named after George Robert House, Jr., who served as the city manager for Bedford, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Portsmouth.  He was tragically killed in an airplane crash in 1982.
The recipients of the Hirst and House awards must meet the following criteria:
  • Record of outstanding performance in public service
  • Unusual leadership, creativity, integrity, and response to challenge
  • Dedication to democratic ideals
  • Sensitivity to the need to adapt government to changing problems
  • Commitment to professionalism and development of useful skills

Nominations Process