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SDAO Awards Program

Special districts and the individuals that support their efforts are consistently giving back to their communities in various ways including creating top-notch programs, offering incredible customer service, and volunteering time. The SDAO Awards Program gives recognition to these districts, board members, managers, employees and volunteers to celebrate their ingenuity, creativity, diversity, and commitment to excellence.


Within this program are two special awards: the Outstanding Special District Program Award and the Outstanding Special District Service Award. Nominations for the 2021 program have closed. Please watch for information in summer 2021 for the 2022 program.


Awards Program FAQ

How do I submit an application?
Please watch for information in summer 2021 for the 2022 program.

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 happens if the person I nominate wins? 
Nominators and award winners will be notified in November 2020. SDAO will provide winner contact information to our videographer to schedule a date and time to do a video interview. Videos will be showcased at the 2021 SDAO Annual Conference (being held virtually in February 2021) and on our website. Winners will also be mailed their award and a DVD copy of their video.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Quisenberry.