AUMA/SLGM announce winners of joint 2014 Municipal Awards

Edmonton – September 8, 2014 The Board of Directors of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the AUMA/SLGM Dedicated Team and Dedicated Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) awards.

The two awards are jointly administered by the AUMA and the Society of Local Government Managers (SLGM). This year’s recipients – respectively – are the Town of Whitecourt Administration and Julian DeCocq, CAO for the Town of Cochrane. The Awards will be presented on Sept. 23, 2014 during the AUMA President’s Dinner at the AUMA annual convention.

“The AUMA, in cooperation with the SLGM, is honoured to issue these awards to these worthy recipients,” says Helen Rice, president of the AUMA. “On behalf of the staff and members of our Association, we offer our congratulations and applaud them for their many contributions to their communities, municipalities and to local government.”

“This year’s award recipients are excellent choices, in my opinion,” says Chris Jardine, chair of the SLGM. “Their track-record solidly embodies professionalism and diligence in the field of public service.”

About the Joint AUMA/SLGM Awards

The Dedicated Team Award recognizes a municipal administration team for its outstanding contribution in the field of municipal administration, and the Dedicated CAO Award recognizes a CAO for long-term excellence and dedication to both municipal government and chief administrative management.

Nominations for both awards are evaluated for a combination of the following:

1. Dedication to the advancement of the nominating municipality

2. Substantial number of years working together as a team, or 10 or more years’ experience as a CAO, to be considered for the Dedicated CAO Award

3. Exemplary qualities in:

a. Leadership – administration, council, community and profession

b. Policy development

c. Council relations

d. Human resources management

e. Financial management

f. Long-term strategic planning

g. Project planning and implementation

h. Community relations

i. Professional development

j. Well-respected, with a high level of integrity within the administration of the Municipality

The AUMA Executive Committee and the SLGM reviewed all nominations, based on the criteria for each award. Their recommendations were forwarded to the AUMA Board of Directors, who made the final decision.
About the SLGM

As the governing body of the profession, the Society’s purpose is to enhance and promote the professional practice of local government management and to ensure that educational opportunities are provided to improve the management abilities of those who are involved in local government administration in Alberta. The Society of Local Government Managers (SLGM) represents the rural and urban sectors of local government and strives to improve the quality and abilities of local government managers in Alberta. (Source:

About the AUMA
Founded in 1905, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association represents all of Alberta’s urban municipalities, including cities, towns, villages, summer villages and specialized municipalities, representing over 85 per cent of Albertans. A dynamic and evolving association, The AUMA advocates on behalf of its members to provincial and federal governments and other stakeholder organizations.