Public Official of the Year Award

Public Official-of-the-Year Award

Description:  The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual state or local elected or appointed public official who has demonstrated leadership that had a positive impact or made a significant contribution towards improving the water quality industry or the water environment.  The award will be presented at the Association Annual Meeting.
Award Criteria:  The awardee must demonstrate that he/she has been instrumental in solving a problem or creating an opportunity in the water environment.  Criteria to be considered for the award include the following:

  • Positive impact on service, function or efficiency of delivery of services to the public
  • Positive impact on the environment or public health
  • Decisive action to effectively solve problems or improve services
  • Effective collaboration with other elected or appointed officials, staff, and the public
  • Demonstration of integrity and high personal standards
Eligibility:  The awardee can be anyone holding (or having held) elected or appointed office in a Pennsylvania State or Pennsylvania local governmental unit, including but not limited to the following:
  • Pennsylvania Senate or House of Representatives
  • Pennsylvania Municipality (County, City, Township, Borough) governing board, including County Board of Commissioners, City and Borough Council, Township Board of Supervisors, and Township Board of Commissioners
  • Pennsylvania Municipality Authority Boards

The contribution being recognized must have occurred within the past two years.  The award winner need not be a member of PWEA.
Nomination Process:  The Government Affairs Committee will review all nominations and will send a recommendation(s) to the Awards Committee; the Awards Committee is responsible for making final selection of award recipient.  Specific information is to be provided to support the nomination, such as description of accomplishment(s) and impact on the water environment, the water industry, or the community, and why the nominee deserves to receive the award.