Two MPA alumni were honored at the annual KUCIMAT banquet, which was held during the International City/County Management Association Conference in Kansas City, MO on September 25, 2016. The alumni receiving awards were:
- Raymond P. Botch Jr. (Mount Vernon, IL) who received the Distinguished Service Award
- Anna Mitchell (Trinidad, CO) who received the Intern Excellence Award
The purpose of the KUCIMAT awards program is to recognize those members who have excelled in local government management and have advanced the urban management profession through their excellence.
Award winners are chosen based upon a nomination letter submitted on behalf of the nominee. The awards committee, consisting of the KUCIMAT president, president-elect, and past-president make written recommendations to the full KUCIMAT executive board, who approve the issuance of all awards.
Raymond P. Botch Jr. was nominated by Jan Perkins, Senior Partner, Management Partners, Inc., Laguna Beach, CA. In her letter, Jan wrote that Botch was “highly dedicated to KU and a great booster of the city management profession.” She continued, “Ray has connected with almost every living KU MPA grad by sending them a KUCIMAT ball cap along with a note about how he appreciated the leadership and example of the folks who went before him and enjoyed watching and helping those who came behind.”
In 2016, Botch created The Raymond P. Botch and Raymond Paul Botch, Jr. City Management scholarship to provide scholarships for sons, daughters, or relatives of past and present city managers to become future city managers. Jason Rohloff was the first recipient, and his father Mark is the city manager in Oshkosh, WI.
Botch completed his undergraduate work at Ambrose College, Davenport Iowa and received his Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Kansas in 1968. He had a successful 35-year career as city manager of Mt. Vernon and Westmont, Illinois. During his career, Botch served on the Illinois Municipal League’s Legislative Committee and the Illinois ICMA-Municipal League Liaison Committee. He participated in several ICMA committees and was part of the ICMA Small Cities Exchange Program. He served on the KUCIMAT board for two years and is an ICMA Credentialed Manager. Botch’s father (Raymond P. Botch) served the first executive director of the International City/County Management Association, Clarence Ridley, in the mid-1940’s.
Anna Mitchell was nominated by Gabe Engeland, City Manager, City of Trinidad, CO. Gabe wrote, “Anna is exceptional. Whether she is streamlining our budget process, successfully authoring and presenting a $3 million grant to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, creating a Dog Park out of a dirt lot, or finding innovative solutions to intergovernmental problems, she shows exceptional judgement and completes an excellent work product.
From day one, Anna has brought value, fresh ideas, a positive and friendly customer service orientation, and wisdom beyond her work experience. We count on Anna daily to perform like a Director and an Executive Team Member, and she has never let us down or failed to meet expectations. She is the perfect candidate to honor with the Intern Excellence Award.”
For a full list of past winners, go to our KUCIMAT Awards page.
Anna is pictured here with KUCIMAT President Mike Baker receiving her award.