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Oct 29, 2014

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Bureau of Governmental Research presents its Excellence in Government Awards

By Sue Strachan

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

October 29, 2014

Since 1994, the Bureau of Governmental Research’s Excellence in Government Awards have recognized government employees and private citizens for their performance and ability to creatively solve problems to improve the government for New Orleans citizens.

On Tuesday (Oct. 21) BGR board chair J. Kelly Duncan welcomed attendees to the awards luncheon at the Westin Canal Place, including Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman, Canal Barge Company President and CEO Merritt Lane, Port of New Orleans CEO Gary LaGrange, Chris Bonura, Rusty Barkerding, Norma Grace, Michael Kearney, Betsie Gambel, Andy Kopplin, Aimee Adatto Freeman, Aylin Maklansky, Toya Barnes-Teamer, Edgar Chase III, Jefferson Parish President John Young, and BGR President and CEO Janet Howard, to name a few in the crowd. Also speaking was Alan Yaboubian, who was event chair of the selection committee, which included J. Storey Charbonnet, James Favrot, Joseph Giarusso III, Glenn Hayes, John Hope III, Shelby LaSalle Jr. and Ann Thorpe Thompson.

Sponsored by Canal Barge Company, the awards ceremony, emceed by Fox 8 WVUE’s John Snell, honored seven New Orleanians. The awards and honorees are as follows:

The Merit Award (recognizes outstanding performance by public sector employees): Katherine L. Cain, manager of strategic performance and partnerships, Health Department, City of New Orleans; Jared Munster, director, Department of Safety and Permits, City of New Orleans; and James Ruckert, CFO, Port of New Orleans.

Innovation Award (given to employees who have used innovative solutions for an immediate problem): Charles West, director, Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, City of New Orleans.

Lifetime Achievement Award recipients (recognizes sustained performance, more than 15 years, in a public service career): Robert Becker, CEO, New Orleans City Park and Thomas Stone, Fire Chief, St. Bernard Parish.

And, finally, the Citizenship Award (given to a private citizen who works to improve the quality of government): Michael Teachworth, founder, StopTheTolls.org.

Oct 29, 2014

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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