OLATHE — Johnson County won two Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) and 24 Awards of Excellence from the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO), a division of NACo.
On July 28, the recipients of the awards were recognized during the weekly business session of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.
The awards were presented to the county during the recent 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition of NACo and NACIO in Portland, Oregon.
Johnson County Wastewater won an Achievement Award for its Green Component Drives Plant Expansion for Sustainable Solution project at the Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin Treatment Plant in Overland Park.
The other Achievement Award was presented to the Human Resources Office for its Employee Performance Management System.
Thirteen employees from three departments were recognized for winning 24 NACIO awards, including three best of class, two superior, 13 excellent, and six meritorious awards.
The 2011 national competition attracted hundreds of entries for communications, writing, marketing, video, and graphic projects.
Ten employees from Johnson County Library won or shared 14 of the awards – one best of class, two superior, eight excellent, and four meritorious.
Jennifer Taylor won a best of class award for the 2009 Annual Report and was a co-winner of a meritorious award with Marsha Bennett.
David Carson received or co-shared seven awards, including two superior, three excellent, and two meritorious.
Two employees were triple winners, including Cindy Frazer, three excellent, and Kasey Riley, co-winner with Marty Mothersbaugh of two excellent and a meritorious.
Other dual award co-winners included Dave LaCrone, two excellent; and Dale Jarrett, also two excellent. Both worked on their award-winning projects with Carson.
Other winners from the Library staff included Josh Neff and Magali Vallazza, co-winners of an excellent award each in team projects with Carson, Jarrett, and LaCrone.
Employees from two other departments also earned NACIO awards.
Lori Sand from Johnson County Wastewater won a meritorious award.
Gerald Hay from the County Manager’s Office received nine awards, including two best of class (speech writing and the 2010 Johnson County Facts publication), five excellent, and two meritorious.