2012 Awards


Work-Life Seal of Distinction
The Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) grants the City of Olathe the Work-Life Seal of Distinction, designed to recognize employers who demonstrate leadership in workplace strategies and practices to help employees achieve success in work-life effectiveness. 

Top Digital Cities Designation
The City of Olathe is among America's top-ranked digital city governments (125,000-249,000 population) according to the 12th annual "Digital Cities Survey." Part of e.Republic's Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program, the annual survey focuses on results achieved by cities, via the use of technology, in operating efficiencies and realizing strategic objectives despite current fiscal constraints. 

Outstanding Partnership for Child Safety Award
The Olathe Fire Department is awarded the Outstanding Partnership for Child Safety award from Safe Kids Kansas.  The award recognizes an organization, community or individual in Kansas that demonstrates sustained support for the Safe Kids mission and goals.  The department was recognized for going above and beyond to offer fire department resources to support initiatives like the child passenger safety program.

Service Recognition Award
Olathe Fire Captain Mike Hall receives the Safe Kids Kansas Service Recognition Award for his significant contribution to the mission and goals of Safe Kids Kansas.  Hall was specifically recognized for his efforts to prevent injuries to children through bike helmet distribution, bicycle rodeos, and other activities that contribute to the mission of the Olathe Fire Department and Safe Kids Kansas.

Safe and Sustainable Snow-fighting Award
The City's Street Maintenance Division is awarded the 2012 Safe and Sustainable Snow-fighting Award from the Salt Institute, a North American based non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the benefits of salt, particularly in winter roadway safety efforts.  The award is given to organizations performing best practices in the fields of winter maintenance and salt storage.

GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
For the eight consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awards the City of Olathe the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its FY 2012 budget document. The awards reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

Tree City USA Designation
For the 29th year, the City of Olathe receives the Arbor Day Foundation "Tree City USA" community designation recognizing the community's commitment to urban forestry. The Foundation also presented Olathe a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in community forestry.

ICMA Certificate of Excellence in Performance Measurement
The International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Center for Performance Measurement recognized the City of Olathe with a Certificate of Excellence for its performance measurement efforts for the fourth time in 2012.According to ICMA, “Performance management aids in cost reduction, program prioritization, and quality improvement. It also encourages accountability and transparency. Olathe is among 27 jurisdictions to be recognized with a Certificate of Excellence this year.

GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded Olathe the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 33rd consecutive year. It is the highest form of recognition represents a significant accomplishment for the City of Olathe’s finance efforts. The award illustrates the City's commitment to transparency and full disclosure, recognizing governments that accomplish those goals.

National Association of Government Communicators Best External Newsletter
The Olathe LINK was named best external newsletter in the National Association of Government Communicators 2012 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards. The annual international awards program recognizes government communications products and their producers. This year, 41 local, state and federal governments and government agencies were recognized in a variety of categories. The Olathe LINK beat out the National Institutes of Health’s NIH News in Health, which was awarded second place.

Commission on Fire Accreditation International Accredited Agency
The Center for Public Safety Excellence Commission on Fire Accreditation International granted the Olathe Fire Department “Accredited Agency Status.” 

National Institute of Government Purchasing Distinguished Service Award
City of Olathe Procurement Division Manager Judy Meisel received the Distinguished Service award from the National Institute of Government Purchasing in 2012. The award has recognized individuals who have provided extraordinary service to their government entity, the community, the institute or the purchasing profession since 1950.

Universal Public Procurement Certification Council Excellence in Achievement Award
For the fifth time, the Procurement Division earned the 2012 Excellence in Achievement award from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council. The award recognizes the pursuit of professional excellence through the achievement of agency certification. The Procurement Division is proud to have 100 percent certified staff. This is the fifth year that Procurement has won the award.

National Procurement Institute Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award
The Procurement Division has won the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award from the National Procurement Institute (NPI) for the third consecutive year. NPI is the official public sector purchasing affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management. The mission of NPI is to facilitate the educational and professional development of its members. Organizations win the award by demonstrating excellence in professionalism, innovation, productivity, e-procurement and leadership attributes of the procurement organization.

Category II Collection System Award
The Olathe Wastewater Collection Program received the Category II Collection System award for outstanding operations in the area of wastewater collection at the 2012 Kansas Water Environment Association and Kansas Section of the American Water Works Association joint annual conference. The award is a testament to the high level of service provided by the city’s wastewater treatment plant staff and demonstrates their commitment to the health and safety of the community.

National Association of Clean Water Agencies Silver Peak Performance Awards
The Harold Street Wastewater Treatment Facility and the Cedar Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility received Silver Peak Performance awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) in recognition of complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit compliance during the 2011 calendar year. Silver award designations are presented to member agency facilities that demonstrate among the highest standards in wastewater treatment.

National Weather Service StormReady® Designation
The National Weather Service’s StormReady® program recognizes communities and organizations nationally that demonstrate the ability to better protect the public from all types of hazardous weather events. The voluntarily program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local action plans for severe weather operations.

Commission on Professional Credentialing Fire Marshal Designation
Olathe Fire Department Division Chief Brad Henson was the first person in Kansas to earn the Fire Marshal designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. The designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential that evaluates a candidate's education; experience with local, state and national emergency services and involvement in the community. Henson is one of 40 professionals worldwide who has earned the Fire Marshal designation.

Kansas City Business Journal ImpacT Award
 The Kansas City Business Journal announced in October that the City of Olathe won a 2012 ImpacT Award for efficiency. The award recognized 15 companies and organizations for using technology to produce “real” results in five categories: client interface, cutting expenses, efficiency, environmental impact and top-line growth. .

Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Bright Ideas Award
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government named Olathe Supervisory Leadership Training program as one of 111 Bright Ideas this year. The Bright Ideas program was developed under the Innovations in American Government Awards program to recognize and promote creative government initiatives and partnerships. 

2012 Water Environmental Federation Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award
The Kansas Water Environment Association recognized Municipal Services Laboratory Manager Dewayne McAllister with the 2012 Water Environmental Federation Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award. The award recognizes individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism and contribution to the water quality analysis profession.