2010 Awards


Achievement in Excellence in Public Procurement
The Purchasing division received this award from The National Purchasing Institute (NPI), the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the National Association of State Procurement Officers (NASPO), the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), and the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) who collectively have established the Achievement of Excellence in Public Procurement award to purchasing agencies to recognize organizational excellence in public and non-profit procurement, encourage development of excellence in public procurement, and to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function

APWA Samuel A. Greely Local Service Award
Danny Turner, Olathe Street Maintenance Superintendent, has served citizens and leaders of Olathe since April 1980. Danny was named the recipient of the 2010 American Public Works Association (APWA) Samuel A. Greely Local Service Award which recognized Danny's commitment to public service. Danny has served the citizens and leaders of Olathe since April 1980.  In his 30 years, he has worked his way through every aspect of the City’s street maintenance program and has served as the Street Maintenance Superintendent since 2003.  He was instrumental in Olathe’s success in becoming the first city in Kansas to be fully accredited by the APWA

Arbor Day Foundation "Tree City USA"
The City of Olathe is named a "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation.  This is the 27th consecutive year Olathe receives the designation.

GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) presented the City of Olathe with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 32nd consecutive year.  This award recognizes the outstanding presentation and standards of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program "Digital City" Award
The City of Olathe is recognized as the nation's second ranked "digital city" for mid-sized cities.

CQ Press Safest Cities in U.S.
The City of Olathe is considered the 49th safest city out of 400 cities with a population over 75,000 according to the City Crime Rankings 2010-2011: Crime in Metropolitan America report published by CQ Press

Certified Local Government Recognition
In April 2010, the Planning Division was recognized for its historic preservation efforts and was recognized as a Certified Local Government by the State of Kansas, the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Interior

Excellence in Concrete Award 
Therese Mersmann, Project Manager and Brent Berry, Project Inspector won the Excellence in Concrete Award from The Concrete Promotional Group (CPG) of the Greater Kansas City area for the Old 56 Highway Bridge Rehabilitation project.  CPG is a non-profit trade association for the concrete industry in Kansas City, promoting quality concrete construction

Girard Presents at LKM Conference
Sharrid Girard partnered with City Clerk Jerry Sperling from Lindsborg, KS to present "The Art of Customer Service" at the League of Kansas Municipalities (LKM) Annual Conference in Overland Park, KS in October 2010

Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri "Gold Award of Excellence"
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site receives the Gold Award of Excellence for partnering with Girl Scouts to make an outstanding contribution resulting in outstanding benefits to girls and/or reaching considerable more girls than in a single service unit

Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s recommended practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.  Through the hard work and dedication of the City of Olathe’s Budget staff, the City submitted the approved 2010 budget and won the award for the sixth time.  Read More

ICMA Center for Performance Measurement "Certificate of Excellence"
The City of Olathe receives the highest honor given to a city government for its efforts in performance measurement and management with the 2010 ICMA CPM Certificate of Excellence.  This is the second year for this recognition. Read More

Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns Michael Lechner Award
The Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board (PDAB) receives the 2010 Michael Lechner Award for excellence in advocacy on behalf of disabled citizens.

Kansas Rural Water Association "Best Tasting Water in Kansas" Award
City of Olathe water is judged the "Best Tasting Water in Kansas" for the second time in three years.  Nineteen water systems from cities and water districts competed in the event judged by a cross-section of individuals in the public drinking water industry including officials from city and rural water systems, State of Kansas officials and consultants

Kansas Sampler Foundation "8 Wonders of Kansas" History Contest Finalist
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is named one of 24 finalists for the "8 Wonders of Kansas" History contest. Mahaffie was one of 170 historic sites nominated and is the only historic site in Johnson County to be named a finalist

Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) "Wastewater Collection System Award"
The City of Olathe Wastewater Collection Program receives the award, presented to municipalities for outstanding and significant contributions in the area of wastewater collection.

National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Recognizes Olathe Wastewater Treatment Plants
Both Olathe wastewater treatment plants are cited for distinguished performance in wastewater treatment.  The Cedar Creek Plant receives the agency's Gold Award for 100% compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System for 2009. The Harold Street Plant receives the Silver Award for its 2009 compliance

National Forum for Black Public Administrators "Marks of Excellence" Award
Olathe Human Relations Manager Victor Glover is one of ten Kansas or Missouri citizens to receive the award, given annually to African American public administrators who achieve extraordinary success in the field of public management while demonstrating an unselfish commitment to the community.

Olathe Human Relations Commission Chairman's Award Presented to Mayor Copeland
Mayor Michael Copeland receives the OHRC Chairman's Award for his continued demonstration of humanitarianism and involvement as a community leader.

Standard and Poor's upgrades Olathe's bond rating to AA+
The Standard and Poor's Rating Agency upgrades the City of Olathe's bond rating to AA+, which is the second highest bond rating an organization can receive.