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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.
2020 Outstanding Special District Service Award Recipients
Outstanding Special District Service Award: Board Member
Rudy Fenk, Tillamook SWCD
Outstanding Special District Service Award: Manager
Melissa Georgesen, Molalla Aquatic District
Outstanding Special District Service Award: Employee
Suzanne DeLorenzo, Clackamas River Water
Outstanding Special District Service Award: Volunteer
Sean McGonigal, Banks Fire District #13
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:
(Nomination must be submitted by the district's board of directors.)
(Nomination must be submitted by the district's manager.)
SDAO Board of Directors and SDIS Board of Trustees members are ineligible to be nominated for this award.
2020 Outstanding Special District Program Award Recipients
Outstanding Special District Program Award: 6-25 Employees
Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD
Outstanding Special District Program Award: 26+ Employees
Multnomah County Drainage District #1
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. Submit by mail, fax, or email. Nomination forms coming soon!
SDAO | PO Box 12613 | Salem, OR 97309
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 on Saturday, February 8th in Seaside. 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