After a long holiday break including a brief jump off the fiscal cliff, the Knope of the Week is rested and ready to anoint the standouts in the local government arena for 2013. This year recipients will not only the incredible fame and glory associated with the award, but they will be recognized with a token of appreciation that will only be known by the recipients.
Before we move forward, take a look back at the 52 recipients from 2012. Each recipient will tell you that life has changed dramatically with the recognition, similar to a lottery winner minus the money and notoriety. ELGL proudly notes that before awarding a Knope of the Week we test the potential recipient for performance enhancing drugs. We also proudly note that those individuals have no idea that they’ve ever been tested.
Now onto the beginning of a new year, the 11h recipient for 2013 is …
A baby boomer is defined as a person who was born during the demographic post-World War II baby boom between the years 1946 and 1964 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. ELGL is greatly indebted to this generation, especially those in government, for their willingness to share expertise and knowledge acquired during more than 30 years of public service.
Barbara Simon, John Anderson, and Steve Bryant are a few recent examples of those who have reflected on their career in the “Takeaways” feature on our website. The feature is a way of maintaining the “institutional knowledge” that is vital to succeeding in today’s ever-changing environment.
An ongoing ELGL initiative is to develop opportunities for the co-mingling of the Baby Boomers and Generation X and Y. We’d welcome your suggestions on accomplishing this whether it is ideas for a conference session on inter-generational relationships or whether you have suggestions for a baby boomer who should be featured in the Takeaways feature.
In the meantime, take a few minutes this morning to read about the lessons and knowledge that the following individuals have shared with us.
- Steve Bryant, Former Albany City Manager
- Barbara Simon, City of Hillsboro Public Affairs Manager
- John Anderson, Troutdale City Manager
- Dan Cooper, Former Metro Attorney
- Don Otterman, Former North Plains City Manager
- Roger Jordan, Former Dallas City Manager
- Bob Wells, Former Salem City Manager
- Sheila Ritz, Former Wood Village Manager
- Dennis Mulvihill, Washington County Government Affairs
- Jim Hough, Former Banks City Manager
- Craig Prosser, Former Tigard City Manager
- Larry Patterson, Former Bend and Oregon City Manager
Previous Recipient: Victor Sin, City of Beaverton