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BGR honors officials, citizens for good work

The Advocate

May 15, 2016

The Bureau of Governmental Research last week presented its 2016 Excellence in Government Awards during a luncheon ceremony. Established in 1994, the awards program recognizes government employees and citizens for outstanding performance and creative problem-solving.

The 2016 honorees were:

MERIT AWARDS: Jerry Bologna, president & CEO of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission; Frank Borne Jr., chief deputy of the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court’s Office; and Kelly Rabalais, executive counsel in St. Tammany Parish’s Legal Department.

INNOVATION AWARDS: Lynn Dupont, principal planner & GIS coordinator for the Regional Planning Commission; Dylan Knaggs, a former performance analyst in New Orleans’ Office of Performance and Accountability; Snapper Poche, a senior performance manager in the Office of Performance and Accountability; and Ava Rogers, deputy chief administrative officer for operations for the city.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: Manuel Aspuria, operations and maintenance manager for the Jefferson Parish Department of Drainage and Pump Stations, and Patrick Gallwey, retired chief operating officer for the Port of New Orleans.

CITIZENSHIP AWARD: Ruthie Frierson, founder and chairwoman emeritus of Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans.

The city said that Rogers, Poche and Knaggs were recognized for their innovation and leadership in developing the city’s code enforcement abatement tool, a way to reduce a backlog of more than 1,500 blighted properties that were awaiting determination of whether they should be auctioned or demolished.

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