SDAO Awards Program


 

The Special Districts Association of Oregon’s Awards Program gives recognition to member districts for accomplishments which allow them to provide better service to the public and honors individuals who have greatly contributed to the success of their organization. These awards celebrate the ingenuity, creativity, and diversity of our members. Within this program are two special recognition awards; the Outstanding Special District Program award, and the Outstanding Special District Service award. Winning either award is the highest level of professional acknowledgment within the realm of local government today. 

2019 Awards Program Press Release


2019 Outstanding Special District Service Award Recipients

Outstanding Special District Service Award: Board Member

  
Larry Lindsay, Port of Morrow
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Outstanding Special District Service Award: Manager
  
Gary Neal, Port of Morrow

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Outstanding Special District Service Award: Employee
  
Lanelle Comstock, Oregon International Port of Coos Bay
 
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Outstanding Special District Service Award: Volunteer
  
Fred Meyer, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
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Outstanding Special District Services

This award category recognizes individuals who have contributed substantially to the improvement and successful operation of his or her special district.

Four subcategories have been established for this award:
  • Board Member
  • Manager (Nomination must be submitted by the district's board of directors.)
  • Employee (Nomination must be submitted by the district's manager.)
  • Volunteer
SDAO Board of Directors and SDIS Board of Trustees members are ineligible to be nominated for this award.

2019 Outstanding Special District Program Award Recipients

Outstanding Special District Program Award: 5 or Fewer Employees

Banks Fire District
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Outstanding Special District Program Award: 6-25 Employees

Seal Rock Water District
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Outstanding Special District Program Award: 26+ Employees

Deschutes County 911 Service District
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Outstanding Special District Program Award

This award category recognizes innovative projects and programs, outstanding safety, public information, public involvement in a district decision making process, and outstanding achievement.

Efforts in these areas are considered in light of available resources (i.e., smaller districts may have significantly fewer resources than larger districts); therefore, three subcategories have been established for this award:
  • Districts with 5 or fewer employees
  • Districts with 6 to 25 employees
  • District with 26 or more employees

Awards Program FAQ

How do I submit an application?

Complete the SDAO Awards Program nomination form by responding to each question, attaching additional pages if necessary. Applicants are encouraged to include video footage if available. Nomination forms will be available summer 2019.

How are entries judged? 
Applications will be reviewed by the awards committee members using standard evaluation features such as: impact for other districts, positive results, special purpose, increased safety, cost savings, improved quality of service, innovation, and community need.

What do I do if I win? 
Winners may accept the award in person at the SDAO Annual Conference Awards Banquet. Recipients who are unable to attend the conference may have someone accept the award on their behalf, or may request to have their award mailed to them.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
If you have any questions, please contact MemberServices@sdao.com at 800-285-5461.