City Awards

 

2007     

  • Parks and Recreation staff member Konni Knabe recognized by the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association as Distinguished Recreation Programmer
  • Mahaffie Civil War Event named as top 10 bus tour destinations by  the American Bus Tour Association
  • Olathe Special Olympian Brian Wagner honored in running the final leg of the Torch Run with the opening ceremonies in China
  • Hosted the Soccer State Cup at Lone Elm Park in partnership with the Kansas Rush
  • 2007 Leadership in Aging Award for Taxi Coupon Program from the Johnson County Commission on Aging 
  • Olathe Teen Council Co-Chair, Devin Smith, was appointed as one of only three youth from across United States to serve on the National Youth, Education and Families Council.
  • Housing Choice Voucher Program received "High Performer" status for a score of 100 out of 100 from U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Housing Authority Insurance issued Olathe Housing Authority an Outstanding Risk Control Award for the fourth year in a row.  Award earned the Housing Authority a $1,625 credit toward their 2007 premium.
  • Public Housing Program received "High Performer" status for score of 98 out of 100 from U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development.  They are one out of 15 in HUD's four state region to receive a score of 98 or better.
  • Street Maintenance competed in the APWA annual Snow Rodeo taking second place overall
  • Received the 2007 Excellence in Storage Award from the Salt Institute. One of 15 awarded nationally.
  • 5th place finish in National Digital Cities competition.
  • Awarded 1st Place in the Metro-Wide APWA Rodeo Mechanic's Competition (Bryan Holland)
  • Presented the 1st Place Kansas Water Environment Association Bio-Solids Management Award.
  • Awarded National Association of Clean Water Agencies Silver Awards for both the Harold Street and Cedar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Wastewater Collection was awarded the Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) Class 3 Collection System Award for the fifth out of six years
  • Received 29th consecutive Certificate of Excellence for Financial Reporting
  • Recognized as a fully certified agency by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing
  • Emergency Management coordinator Rita Hoffman receives 2007 Olathe Character Council Award for Public Safety
  • Fire Chief/Director is delegate to National Congress for Secure Communities in Washington, DC. Focus is public/private partnerships and community best practices for preparedness
  • Parks and Recreation Department recognized by the Kansas City Area Historic Trails Assoc for Mahaffie programs
  • Carroll Ramseyer was elected as Chairperson of the Tri-County Para-Transit Tax Force.
  • Erin Vader was appointed to State of Kansas Juvenile Authority Grant Review Team.
  • Victor Glover was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (KS/MO chapter), Kansas Human Relations Association and the Regional Executive Council for Civil Rights (KS, NE, MO, IA)
  • Kathy Rankin received the 2007 Special Achievement Award from the State of   Kansas NAHRO Association.
  • Kathy Rankin was elected as Vice President of Housing for two year term (2007-2008) for Kansas NAHRO Organization
  • Sgt. Brian Wessling selected to Governor Sebelius' Commission for Healthy and Prepared Schools.
  • Sgt. Grant Allen elected to board of Kansas State Gang Investigator's Association; assisted with coordination of first State of Kansas Gang Conference.
  • Crime Analyst Dawn Clausius appointed to conference committee for the International Association of Crime Analysts.
  • Rick Biery gave Superpave presentation at Kansas Asphalt Paving Association annual conference
  • Danny Turner chaired the Mo-Kan Streets Systems committee and also served on the APWA executive board.
  • Les Carpenter was awarded APWA Field Supervisors Excellence award. The purpose is to recognize outstanding field supervisors whose service, achievement, leadership and dedication in Public Works related field activities have had a positive impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of governmental operations thereby improving the quality of life for those who live and work within that community
  • Noel Forrester received the City of Olathe Customer Service Award
  • Public Works\City IT\County IT received the Public Technology Institute Significant Achievement Award for their joint fiber connectivity initiative as part of ATMS phase 1.
  •  Tom Glinstra is on the Board of Directors for the Kansas League of Municipalities
  • Tom Glinstra is on the Board of Directors for the City Attorney's Association of Kansas (CAAK)
  • Tom Glinstra is on the LKM's Award Nominating Committee
  • Leonard Hall is the coordinator of the Wyandotte/Johnson County Government Attorney Group
  • Leonard Hall is Co-Chair of the CLE Committee of the Johnson County Bar Association
  • Ron Shaver is on the International Economic Development Council
  • Carolyn Hendley gave a roundtable presentation on how to start a Citizen's Academy at the Kansas League of Municipalities Annual Conference
  • The prosecutors researched and wrote an analysis of issues raised by the Kansas Supreme Court's holdings in the Cadoret and Elliott cases.  This analysis was utilized in a presentation by Judge Arnold Burger to the League of  Kansas Municipalities and in drafting legislation for K.S.A. 8-1567(a) violations. 
  • Two Solid Waste Division employees were awarded the City of Olathe's "Making a Difference Awards":  Miguel Garza and Don Groff.
  • Alan Shorthouse gave a presentation regarding Olathe's approach to Strategic Planning and Budgeting to KSGFOA (Kansas Government Finance Officer's Association)
  • Garry Turner was named the KsAWWA Operator Meritorious recipient for 2007.
  • Kansas Senate resolution recognizing Olathe's 150th birthday, issued April 25, 2007
  • Girl Scouts of Mid-Continent Council Award of Distinction - Tim Talbott and Alexis Radil, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
  • Friends of Education Certificate of Award - Mayor Michael Copeland
  • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
  • Above and Beyond Award - by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
  • Significant Achievement Award - by the Public Technology Institute


2006

  • 13th Best Place to Live - Money Magazine
  • 94% of Olathe citizens say that Olathe is a great place to live - 2006 DirectionFinder Survey
  • 2005 - Top Ten KC metro suburbs - KC Star
  • 23rd consecutive Tree City USA designation - National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 4th Most Digitally Savvy, Cutting-edge Mid-sized City - 2006 Digital Cities Survey
  • 4th Hottest Town in the Midwest - Money Magazine
  • Emergency Management Coordinator Rita Hoffman was recognized for her work to coordinate City of Olathe Katrina relief/response efforts
  • Tree City Growth Award (13th year)
  • Gold Leaf Award (Midwestern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture) for Outstanding Arbor Day Activity
  • Kevin Corbett, parks superintendent, earned the Award of Merit from the Kansas City Historic Trails Association
  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm volunteer Dick Klein named Senior Volunteer of the Year by Johnson County Volunteer Services
  • Police Department civilian and sworn personnel received Humanitarian Awards for their efforts to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina and were also recognized by Olathe Character Council
  • Olathe Police officer received the Gold Award for Valor at the annual Metro Chief and Sheriffs/KMBC TV 9 Awards.
  • Two Olathe Police officers received the Silver Award for Valor at the annual Metro Chief and Sheriffs/KMBC TV 9 Awards.
  • Police Officer Vickie Smith received the ASIS International Thomas R. Meyer Award which recognizes an active law enforcement individual's exemplary performance in daily relationships with the community.
  • Police Chief Janet Thiessen was awarded the Protector of Children Award at the 2006 TLC Awards dinner.
  • The Section 8 program received 103% out of 100% from HUD on their Management Assessment Evaluations for 2005. Award was received in 2006 as we were designated as a "High Performer" by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • The Housing Authority received the "Award of Merit" from NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials) for their "Turning Public Housing into HOMES" program.
  • The Housing Authority received the "Award of Merit" form NAHRO for their "The Welcome Bucket" program.
  • The Housing and Transportation Services Division received the 2006 Community Health and Safety Program Excellence Award for their "Work Taxi Coupon Program" from ICMA.
  • Wastewater Treatment Division received the Environmental Protection Agency First Place Bio-Solids Management Award
  • Wastewater Treatment Division received the Kansas Water Environment Association First Place Bio-Solids Management Award
  • Wastewater Treatment Division received a National Association of Clean Water Agencies National Silver Award for the Harold Street Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Wastewater Treatment Division received a Nation Association of Clean Water Agencies National Gold Award for the Cedar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • DeWayne McAllister, Municipal Services Department, was awarded the prestigious Crystal Crucible Award by Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) for his work with the City of Olathe and other utilities
  • Wastewater Collection was 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.
  • 28th straight GFOA Certificate of Excellence for Financial Reporting
  • Assistant City Manager Susan Sherman received the Buford M. Watson Jr. Assistant Excellence in Leadership Award


2005

  • Tree City U.S.A. designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation for 23rd consecutive year and a Growth Award for the 13th consecutive year.
  • Outstanding Special Event Award from National Recreation and Parks Association for DEAF Sunday partnership.
  • Received the Inaugural Kansas Inclusive Communities Award from Interhab and the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities. The award recognizes the City for its dedication to, and innovation in, creating a more inclusive environment for Kansans with developmental disabilities.
  • Public Housing Program was awarded "High Performer" status from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Section 8 Voucher Program also was awarded "High Performer" status.
  • The City of Olathe Housing Authority earned an Outstanding Risk Control Award from the Housing Authority Insurance Group for the fourth consecutive year. Olathe qualified for the recognition by implementing the required nine risk control standards. Only 60 housing authorities nationwide were recognized with the award. By meeting the nine standards, Olathe merits a $1,182 credit on the Housing Authority insurance premiums for 2006.
  • Olathe's Housing Authority earned a Low Loss Achievement Award from the Housing Authority Insurance Group. The award recognizes Olathe's consistent positive performance in achieving a low loss ratio in general liability claims since 2001.
  • Received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reports from GFOA for the 27th consecutive year for the 2004 CAFR.
  • Olathe was named the seventh-most digitally-savvy, cutting-edge city in the nation among cities with a population of 75,000-124,999 by the 2005 Digital Cities Survey.
  • Olathe was rated in the top ten suburbs by the Kansas City Star.
  • Police Sgt. Branyon received the "Award for Valor" from the National Tactical Officer's Association. This award was given as a result of Sgt. Branyon's actions relating to the Capital Federal Bank robbery on May 18, 2005.
  • Police Detective Don Sundberg was recognized as the Johnson County Child Advocate of the Year at the annual luncheon hosted by Sunflower House.
  • Alonzo Linan, Public Works Department, received a Character Award from the Character Council of Olathe for outstanding character in city government.

 
2004  

  • The City of Olathe website was awarded a fourth place ranking by the 2003 Digital Cities Survey.
  • Olathe Municipal Services was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the new Municipal Services Administrative Building. This is the first municipal building in the State of Kansas to qualify for this prestigious certification.
  • Accounting recognized by Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) with Certificate of Achievement - 25th consecutive year
  • Kent Seyfried, solid waste manager, was inducted into the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Kansas Waste Management Hall of Fame - honors persons who have established exemplary performance yielding clear improvement in the management of solid waste in Kansas.
  • The Route K Olathe Jo Flex program, in partnership with Jo Co Transit was awarded the Acts of Caring Award from the National Association of Counties.
  • Recognized by the National Arbor day Foundation as a Tree City USA for the 21st and received a Growth Award for 11th year
  • KDHE recognized Wastewater as the best in state with the Class III Wastewater Collection System Award for the third year in a row
  • APWA Kansas City Metropolitan Chapter recognized Olathe City Hall and Olathe Municipal Services Center as Projects of the Year
  • Olathe recognized as an All American City Finalist - 1 of 30 cities
  • The Olathe Housing Authority received a NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials) Award of Merit in Housing and Community Development for its partnership in the development of affordable transportation for low income individuals through the Route K Olathe JoFlex.
  • Public Works Department received national accreditation through the American Public Works Association. One of 19 cities nationally and the first in Kansas.
  • Olathe was awarded the IPMA-HR Central Region 2004 Best Practices award for the facilitation training program.

 

 2003  

  • City Web Site Ranks 4th In Nation
  • Money Magazine identified Olathe as the fourth best city among major cities in the Midwest in which to reside.
  • Olathe was ranked the 8th fastest growing city in the nation by the U. S. Census Bureau.
  • ICMA and the Innovation Groups awarded recognition to Olathe's Strategic Plan as a best practice among Olathe's government peers.  Staff presented in both national conferences in 2003.
  • Olathe's Youth Services Program was awarded recognition as a best practice and scheduled for presentation at The Innovation Groups 2004 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, June 10-12, 2004.
  • Olathe's program for Empowering Youth in Local Government was awarded recognition as a best practice and was presented at ICMA University's Best Practices 2004 conference in Annapolis, Maryland, April 22-23, 2004.
  • The new Municipal Services Center was the first municipal building in Kansas and the Kansas City metropolitan area to receive a "Green" certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design national building rating system. This system recognizes the best environmentally responsible, designed and constructed buildings throughout the nation.
  • The City was named one of the most digitally-savvy, cutting-edge cities in the nation, according to the 2003 Digital Cities Survey, an annual study conducted by the Center for Digital Government. Olathe was ranked fourth among cities with a population of 75,000-124,999.
  • A Special Achievement Award was awarded to the Olathe GIS Division by ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute). Olathe was one of only some 150 chosen from among the more than 100,000 ESRI user sites worldwide.
  • The Residential Fire Safety Institute (RFSI) presented the 2003 Life Safety Achievement Award to the Olathe Fire Department. The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes local fire prevention activities that contribute to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires.
  • Olathe received the Kansas Water Environment Association Class 3 Wastewater Collection System award for the second year in a row at the annual KWEA conference. This award is given to the best operated wastewater collection system in the state.
  • In early 2003, Veterans Memorial Park was recognized as recipient of the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association Outstanding Park Project Award for 2002.
  • Veterans Memorial Park was recognized as a Merit Award for Design recipient by the Prairie Gateway Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
  • The Kansas City Chapter of the American Public Works Association presented Bryan Holland the Snow Rodeo Mechanic Award.
  • Olathe celebrated its 20th year as a "Tree City USA."
  • The GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to the Accounting Division.
  • The Accounting Division was recognized for early implementation of Statement No. 34 of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
  • The Olathe JoFlex - Route K, a transportation partnership between the City and Johnson County Transit, received the 2003 Regional Transit Alliance Advocacy Award for New Transit Startup Services.
  • The Olathe Taxi Coupon Program was the recipient of the Innovative Service of the Year Award from the Kansas Public Transit Association (KPTA).
  • Employees who participated in the 16th Annual Heart of America Equipment Rodeo and Equipment Show were recognized at the November 4 Council meeting. Olathe tied for second place in the overall team competition.
  • Nine police officers received awards at the annual KMBC TV-9/Metro Chiefs and Sheriffs' Association (MCSA) Awards for Valor Luncheon. The program recognizes metro area police officers and employees for acts of merit or valor.
  • Olathe Emergency Manager Rita Hoffman was named Kansas Emergency Management Professional of the Year by the Kansas Emergency Management Association.
  • Olathe volunteer Chuck Elliott was named Outstanding Volunteer by the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association. This award is given annually to one outstanding park and recreation volunteer in the entire state of Kansas.
  • The American Legion awarded Fire Fighters Jim Romano, John Myers and Jason Stenberg the Emergency First Responder of the Year Award.
  • Section 8 Rental Assistance Program employees were credited for HUD giving the Olathe Housing Authority a score of 100%, earning them a "High Performer" status and allowing them to apply for additional fair share vouchers.
  • The Olathe Public Housing Authority was awarded "High Performer" status from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for receiving an overall score above 90%. The program evaluation was based on four areas: management, financial, quality and upkeep of public housing units and tenant satisfaction.
  • The Olathe Housing Authority received an Outstanding Risk Control Award from the Housing Authority Insurance Group for implementing nine risk control standards, resulting in a credit on housing authority insurance premiums.

 

 

2008

  •  Money  Magazine ranked Olathe as America's 11th Best Place to Live noting the city's growth and major employers.
  • Olathe Police Lt. LaVern Fields was recognized  by the Olathe Human Relations Commission for promoting human rights benefiting citizens of Olathe at their fifth annual Community Awards program.
  • Named to Relocate-America's Top 100 Places to Live in 2008
  • City's Wastewater Collection Program recognized by the Kansas Water Environment Association with the Collection Systems Award. This is the sixth time in seven years the City has received this award.
  • Mayor Michael Copeland named 2007 Citizen of the Year by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce
  • Received the Pro Patria Award at the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) annual awards banquet
  • Standard and Poor's Rating Agency has upgraded Olathe's bond rating to a AA+, the second highest rating possible
  • Volunteer Center of Johnson County recognized Olathe Fire Department volunteer Vicki Gaughan with a Movers & Shakers Award
  • United Way of Greater Kansas City recognized Erin Vader with its first-ever Outstanding Resource Investment Award
  • Olathe Housing Authority received a 2007 Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program grant - one of only six housing authority's in Kansas receiving this grant
  • Judy Meisel, City Purchasing Manager, elected to represent Region 10 on the Board of Directors for the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing