2007 Awards


Distinguished Recreation Programmer
Parks and Recreation staff member Konni Knabe is recognized by the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association as Distinguished Recreation Programmer

Top 10 Bus Tour Destination
Mahaffie Civil War Event is named as Top 10 Bus Tour Destination by the American Bus Tour Association

Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Beijing, China
Olathe Special Olympian Brian Wagner honored in running the final leg of the Torch Run with the opening ceremonies in China

Soccer State Cup
Olathe hosted the Soccer State Cup at Lone Elm Park in partnership with the Kansas Rush Soccer Club 

Leadership in Aging
Leadership in Aging Award for Taxi Coupon Program from the Johnson County Commission on Aging 

Teen Council Member on NYEF
Olathe Teen Council Co-Chair, Devin Smith, was appointed as one of only three youth from across United States to serve on the National Youth, Education and Families Council.

Housing Voucher Program Receives "High Performer" Status
Housing Choice Voucher Program received "High Performer" status for a score of 100 out of 100 from U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Outstanding Risk Control Award
Housing Authority Insurance issued Olathe Housing Authority an Outstanding Risk Control Award for the fourth year in a row.  The Award earned the Housing Authority a $1,625 credit toward their 2007 premium

Public Housing Program Receives "High Performer" Status
Public Housing Program received "High Performer" status for score of 98 out of 100 from U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development.  They are one out of 15 in HUD's four state region to receive a score of 98 or better.

2nd Place in APWA Annual Snow Rodeo
The Street Maintenance division competed in the American Public Works Assocation (APWA) Annual Snow Rodeo, taking second place overall

Excellence in Storage Award
The City received the Excellence in Storage Award from the Salt Institute. The award was given to only 15 recipients nationally

5th in National Digital Cities Competition
Olathe placed 5th in the National Digital Cities competition from the Center for Digital Government

Bryan Holland Awarded 1st Place Mechanic
Olathe Mechanic Bryan Holland is awarded 1st Place in the Metro-Wide American Public Works Association (APWA) Rodeo Mechanic's Competition 

Bio-Solids Management Award
Staff was presented the 1st Place Bio-Solids Management Award from the Kansas Water Environment Association

National Association of Clean Water Agencies Silver Awards
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies awarded Olathe with Silver Awards for both the Harold Street and Cedar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plants

Class 3 Collection System Award
The Wastewater Collection division is awarded the Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) Class 3 Collection System Award for the fifth out of six years

Certificate of Excellence for Financial Reporting
The City received its 29th consecutive Certificate of Excellence for Financial Reporting

Fully Certified Agency Recognition
The City is recognized as a Fully Certified Agency by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing

Rita Hoffman receives Character Council Award for Public Safety
Emergency Management coordinator Rita Hoffman receives Olathe Character Council Award for Public Safety

Delegation to National Congress for Secure Communities
Olathe Fire Chief/Director is delegate to National Congress for Secure Communities in Washington, DC. The focus is public/private partnerships and community best practices for preparedness

Recognition from Kanas City Area Historic Trails Assocation
The Parks and Recreation Department is recognized by the Kansas City Area Historic Trails Association for its programs at the Mahaffie Stagecoach stop

Carroll Ramseyer Elected Chairperson of Task Force
Carroll Ramseyer was elected as Chairperson of the Tri-County Para-Transit Tax Force

Erin Vader Appointed to State Review Team
Erin Vader was appointed to State of Kansas Juvenile Authority Grant Review Team

Victor Glover Elected to Board of Directors
Victor Glover is elected to the Board of Directors for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (KS/MO chapter), Kansas Human Relations Association and the Regional Executive Council for Civil Rights (KS, NE, MO, IA)

Kathy Rankin Receives Special Achievement Award
Kathy Rankin receive the Special Achievement Award from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), Kansas branch 

Kathy Rankin Elected VP of Housing
Kathy Rankin was elected as Vice President of Housing for two year term (2007-2008) for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), Kansas branch

Sgt. Wessling Appointed to Commission for Healthy and Prepared Schools
Sergeant Brian Wessling is appointed to serve on Governor Sebelius' Commission for Healthy and Prepared Schools

Sgt. Allen Elected to Board of Kansas State Gang Investigator's Assocation
Sergeant Grant Allen is elected to serve on the board of the Kansas State Gang Investigator's Association. He assisted with the coordination of the first State of Kansas Gang Conference

Crime Analyst Appointed to Conference Committee
Crime Analyst Dawn Clausius is appointed to conference committee for the International Association of Crime Analysts

Director Presents at Kansas Asphalt Paving Association
Public Works Director Rick Biery gives Superpave presentation during Kansas Asphalt Paving Association annual conference

Danny Turner Serves as Chair of Multiple Boards
Streets Superintendent Danny Turner chairs the Mo-Kan Streets Systems Committee and also serves on the American Public Works Assocation (APWA) Executive Board

Les Carpenter Receives Field Supervisors Excellence Award
Les Carpenter was awarded the American Public Works Association (APWA) Field Supervisors Excellence Award. The purpose is to recognize outstanding field supervisors whose service, achievement, leadership and dedication in Public Works related field activities have had a positive impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of governmental operations thereby improving the quality of life for those who live and work within that community

Forrester Receives Customer Service Award
Noel Forrester receives the City of Olathe Customer Service Award

Significant Achievement Award for Joint Initiative
The City of Olathe's Public Works, Information Technology Services, and Johnson County Information Technology Departments receive the Public Technology Institute Significant Achievement Award for their joint fiber connectivity initiative as part of ATMS phase 1

Glinstra Serves on Multiple Boards
City Attorney Tom Glinstra is appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Kansas League of Municipalities (KLM), the Board of Directors for the City Attorney's Association of Kansas (CAAK), and served on the KLM Award Nominating Committee.

Hall Serves as Coordinator of Attorney Group
Leonard Hall is the coordinator of the Wyandotte/Johnson County Government Attorney Group

Hall Appointed Co-Chair of Committee
Leonard Hall is Co-Chair of the CLE Committee of the Johnson County Bar Association

Shaver Serves on International Council
Ron Shaver is on the International Economic Development Council

Hendley Presents Citizen's Academy Work at Conference
Carolyn Hendley gives a roundtable presentation on how to start a Citizen's Academy at the Kansas League of Municipalities (KLM) Annual Conference

Olathe City Prosecutors Write Analysis which Contributes to K.S.A. 8-1567(a)
City prosecutors research and write an analysis of issues raised by the Kansas Supreme Court's holdings in the Cadoret and Elliott cases.  This analysis was utilized in a presentation by Judge Arnold Burger to the League of  Kansas Municipalities and in drafting legislation for K.S.A. 8-1567(a) violations

Garza and Groff Earn "Making a Difference Award"
Two employees from the Solid Waste Division are awarded the City of Olathe's "Making a Difference Awards":  Miguel Garza and Don Groff

Shorthouse Presents to KSGFOA
Alan Shorthouse gives a presentation regarding Olathe's approach to Strategic Planning and Budgeting to the Kansas Government Finance Officer's Association (KSGFOA) 

Turner is Operator Meritorious Recipient
Garry Turner is named the Kansas Chapter American Water Works Assocation (KsAWWA) Operator Meritorious recipient 

Olathe Resolution in Kanas State Senate
The Kansas Senate passed a resolution recognizing Olathe's 150th birthday. The resolution is issued April 25, 2007

Award of Distinction from Girl Scouts
The Girl Scouts of Mid-Continent Council present an Award of Distinction to Tim Talbott and Alexis Radil, who both work at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm

Mayor Copeland Receives Friends of Education Award
The Friends of Education Certificate of Award is presented to Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland

GFOA Distinguished Budget Award
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) presented Olathe with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

City Receives Above and Beyond Award
The Above and Beyond Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is presented to the City

PTI Significant Achievement Award
The Public Technology Institute (PTI) awards Olathe with the Significant Achievement Award