Buford Watson, Jr. Award

This award is given each year by KACM to a local government manager who has displayed the attributes of the late Buford M. Watson, Jr. (former City Manager of Lawrence, KS) which includes serving as a role model in dealing with constituents, valuing customer satisfaction and encouraging new members of the profession.

Eligibility: Any member of the Kansas Association of City/County Management (KACM) who is currently working in an administrative capacity in Kansas is eligible for nomination. No current officer or voting member of the Board of Directors of KACM may be considered for this particular award.


Award Recipients
YearNameLocal Government
2023Diane StoddardCity of Leawood
2022Brian SilcottCity of Goddard
2021Kathy SextonCity of Derby
2020Ty LasherCity of Bel Aire
2019Susan ShermanCity of Olathe
2018Matt AllenCity of Garden City
2017Eric WadeCity of Lenexa
2016Courtney ChristensenCity of Mission Hills
2015J. Michael WilkesCity of Olathe
2014Ron FehrCity of Manhattan
2013Jason GageCity of Salina
2012Dennis HaysUnified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas
2011Richard NienstedtCity of Ottawa
2010Larry PaineCity of Hillsboro
2009Pete OlsonFinney County
2008John DeardoffCity of Hutchinson
2007Hannes ZachariasJohnson County
2006Randy RiggsCity of Chanute
2005Mike WildgenCity of Lawrence
2004Dennis KissingerCity of Salina
2003Howard PartingtonCity of Great Bend
2002Bill BuchananSedgwick County
2001Stan StewartCity of El Dorado
2000Joe PalaciozCity Hutchinson
1999Chris CherchesCity of Wichita
1998Curtis B. FreelandCity of Arkansas City
1997Richard ChesneyJohnson County
1996Robert HalloranCity of Garden City
1995Eugene DentonJohnson County
1994Robert WalkerCity of Chanute
1993W. Mark PentzCity of Leavenworth
1992David WatkinsCity of Lenexa
1991Richard E. CottonCity of Winfield
1990James R. PearsonCity of Manhattan
1988Buford M. Watson Jr.City of Lawrence

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