2006 Awards


Money Magazine's 13th Best Place to Live
The City of Olathe is recognized by Money Magazine as the 13th Best Place to Live in the country

Outstanding DirectionFinder Survey Results
According to a DirectionFinder survey, 94% of Olathe citizens say that Olathe is a great place to live

Top Ten KC Metro Suburb
Olathe is awarded the Top Ten KC Metro Suburbs Award from the KC Star

Tree City USA Designation
The National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes Olathe for its 23rd consecutive Tree City USA designation

Digital Cities Award
Olathe is named 4th Most Digitally Savvy, Cutting-edge Mid-sized City by the Center for Digital Government

Money Magazine's 4th Hottest Town
Olathe is awarded the 4th Hottest Town in the Midwest Award by Money Magazine

Hoffman Recognized for Katrina Relief Efforts
Emergency Management Coordinator Rita Hoffman is recognized for her work coordinating the City of Olathe's relief/response efforts to Hurricane Katrina

Tree City Growth Award
Olathe is awarded the Tree City Growth Award for the 13th time

Gold Leaf Award
The Midwestern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture awards Olathe the Gold Leaf Award for Outstanding Arbor Day Activity

Corbett earns Award of Merit
Parks Superintendent, Kevin Corbett, earns the Award of Merit from the Kansas City Historic Trails Association

Klein Named Senior Volunteer of the Year
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm volunteer Dick Klein is named Senior Volunteer of the Year by Johnson County Volunteer Services

Police Department Receive Humanitarian Awards for Katrina Assistance
Police Department civilian and sworn personnel receive Humanitarian Awards for their efforts to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina and are also recognized by Olathe Character Council

Police Officer receives Gold/Silver Awards for Valor
An Olathe police officer receives the Gold Award for Valor at the Annual Metro Chief and Sheriffs/KMBC TV 9 Awards and two Olathe officers receive the Silver Award for Valor 

Smith Receives Thomas R. Meyer Award
Police Officer Vickie Smith receives the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International Thomas R. Meyer Award which recognizes an active law enforcement individual's exemplary performance in daily relationships with the community

Police Chief Receives "Protector of Children" Award
Police Chief Janet Thiessen is awarded the Protector of Children Award at the 2006 TLC Awards dinner

Housing Program Awards from HUD
The Section 8 Housing program receives a score of 103% out of 100% from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on its Management Assessment Evaluations for 2005. The program is also designated as a "High Performer" by HUD

NAHRO Award of Merit for Multiple Programs
The Housing Authority receives the "Award of Merit" from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) for its "Turning Public Housing into HOMES" and "The Welcome Bucket" programs

Community Health and Safety Program Excellence Award
The Housing and Transportation Services Division receive the 2006 International City/County Management Assocation (ICMA) Community Health and Safety Program Excellence Award for its "Work Taxi Coupon Program"

EPA and KWEA Bio-Solids Management Awards
The Wastewater Treatment Division receives the Environmental Protection Agency "First Place" Bio-Solids Management Award, as well as the "First Place" Bio-Solids Management Award from the Knasas Water Environment Assocation (KYEA)

National Silver Award for Treatment Plant
The Wastewater Treatment Division receives a National Association of Clean Water Agencies "National Silver Award" for the Harold Street Wastewater Treatment Plant

National Gold Award for Treatment Plant
The Wastewater Treatment Division receives a National Association of Clean Water Agencies "National Gold Award" for the Cedar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

McAllister Receives Crystal Crucible Award
DeWayne McAllister from the Municipal Services Department is awarded the prestigious Crystal Crucible Award by Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) for his work with the City of Olathe and other utilities

KWEA Class 3 Collection System Award
The Wastewater Collection division is awarded the Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) Class 3 Collection System Award for the fourth out of five years. The one year they didn't win, they were not eligible for having won it for three consecutive years

GFOA Certificate of Excellence
Olathe is awarded its 28th straight Government Finance Officer's Association (GFOA) Certificate of Excellence for Financial Reporting

Sherman Receives Assistant Excellence Award
Assistant City Manager Susan Sherman receives the Buford M. Watson, Jr. "Assistant Excellence in Leadership Award" from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)