Fellow FCCMA Members it is hard for me to believe it’s already February! The Winter Institute is in Tampa in two weeks, the ICMA SouthEast Region meetings are at the end of the month and soon we will be back at the annual conference! Our committees are working at full throttle. If you are a committee member I want to thank you, if you are not please consider getting involved! Our committees are the life blood and backbone of our entire organization and the work they do is vital to our success! As your President I am consistently humbled by the hard work and good deeds our members do, day in and day out. What makes this so important is the work we do is for one another, even as we help ourselves we help others.
In regards to helping others we do a great job of recognizing our members for their efforts. One of the best ways to show others appreciation for the work they do, contributions they make and impact they have on our organization and the communities we serve is to nominate them for one of the prestigious FCCMA awards given at our annual conference. Many times the work we do can go unnoticed. Consider nominating one of your colleagues for one of these awards FCCMA Awards:
The Michael J. Roberto Award for Career Development will be presented to a voting FCCMA member who has made a significant contribution to the development of new talent in professional local government management (internships, mentoring, etc.).
An Assistant for Excellence in Leadership Award will be presented to a local government management professional who has made significant contributions toward excellence in leadership while serving as an assistant (regardless of title) to a chief local government administrator or department head.
The Richard (Dick) Simmons Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to an individual who has served the profession or the Association in a manner or to a degree that merits such recognition. The nominee must have made a considerable contribution either to the improvement of local government and local government management, to the public’s understanding and appreciation of responsive and well-managed local government, or to the development of future managers in the profession.
FCCMA has a new award this year: Who’s Who Under 40 Award. This award recognizes FCCMA members who are local government leaders in Florida under the age of 40 for their personal and professional excellence. Those selected are among the industry’s top emerging talent and will be an integral part of the FCCMA and local government administration for years to come.
The deadline to submit a nomination for all awards is March 11, 2019.
Finally, we are continuing to pursue an expansion of FCCMA’s representation with ICMA. We are working with our SouthEast region states to put together a coalition to request a board expansion and a permanent seat for Florida on the ICMA board. It’s an honor to be your President, the term goes by very quickly and there seems to be never enough opportunities to thank all of you for the work you do. I look forward to seeing many of you at the events to come leading up to our annual conference in June.