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Sep 24, 2013

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: St. Tammany Parish

Two St. Tammany Parish residents honored by Bureau of Governmental Research

By Robert Rhoden | The Times-Picayune

September 24, 2013

Two St. Tammany Parish residents were among those honored Tuesday at the Bureau of Governmental Research’s annual Excellence in Government Awards presentation. Sandra Slifer, president of the Louisiana and St. Tammany chapters of the League of Women Voters, and Slidell Police Officer Mark Michaud were recognized at the event at The Westin in New Orleans.

Slifer received BGR’s Citizenship Award, which recognizes a citizen who has worked to improve the quality of government. She was honored for her actions to promote transparency, fairness and public participation in government.

BGR described Slifer as a “civic dynamo who energizes government improvement efforts,” saying “she keeps up the pace with her trademark smile and warmth. She’s a bridge-builder, not a bridge-burner.”
Michaud, a member of the police department’s Patrol Division and Dive Team, received BGR’s Merit Award recognizing outstanding performance by a public sector employee.

He was honored for his persistent efforts to locate and recover the body of Harvey school teacher Terrilynn Monette, who disappeared in March. Michaud donated considerable time and resources to the case, eventually finding Monette’s body in June inside her car at the bottom of Bayou St. John near the corner of Harrison Avenue and Wisner Boulevard in New Orleans.

“Officer Michaud never asked anything in return for efforts that were, after all, outside his jurisdiction,” BGR said.

The Merit Award includes a $500 prize.

Other award winners were:

Merit Award

Annie Clark Cambria, director of strategic finance for the Recovery School District.

Jennifer Rene Cecil, director of operations for One Stop Shop, city of New Orleans.

Innovation Award

Sara Hudson, web content manager for the city of New Orleans.

Malachi S. Hull, director of taxicab bureau, city of New Orleans.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Walter R. Brooks, executive director of the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission.

Jose A. Gonzalez, director of public works for the city of Kenner.

Sep 24, 2013

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: St. Tammany Parish

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