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City Manager Ed Everett Receives Top Annual Honor from International City/County Management Association - “Award for Career Excellence”

Redwood City, CA - June 19, 2007–  The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has awarded its most-prestigious annual award, the Award for Career Excellence, to Ed Everett, City Manager of Redwood City. Each year, this much sought-after award recognizes individual professional achievement by “an outstanding chief local government administrator who has fostered representative democracy by enhancing the effectiveness of local elected officials, and by consistently initiating creative and successful programs.” The award will be formally presented to Mr. Everett at ICMA’s annual conference in October. Mr. Everett informed the City Council recently that he will be retiring in September of this year.

Among the elements that led to Mr. Everett being awarded this prominent honor is his remarkable 34 years in public service and 15 years as Redwood City’s manager, earmarked by innovation, integrity, and inspiration. His innovation in the many internal and external programs and projects he’s led to success in Redwood City; his integrity in making the right decisions, not necessarily the easy decisions, in empowering others at all levels of the organization to make decisions, and in informing, guiding, debating, and supporting the members of the city council in their decision-making; and his inspiration, which has infected the City staff and elected officials, as well as an expanding portion of the community – all traits of a true leader who actively promotes a culture of achievement, productivity, and fulfillment.

Mr. Everett has dedicated his career to going beyond the standard of working toward “just” a well-managed city government; instead, he has set the standard for new heights of community involvement and engagement, and inspired a genuine dedication in staff and in elected officials. Mr. Everett’s efforts extend beyond the City’s borders to other cities and organizations, where he is a recognized leader in the concepts of Community Building.

During his tenure as City Manager, a number of ground-breaking Community Building programs were developed, and have matured into respected, valued, and sought-after elements contributing to our community’s quality of life; other cities have used this model to provide similar programs – Partnership Academy for Community Teamwork, Community Builders speakers series, Neighborhood Liaison and Community Task Forces, and more.

ICMA ( is the professional and educational organization for chief appointed managers, administrators, and assistants in cities, towns, counties, and regional entities throughout the world. Since 1914, ICMA has provided technical and management assistance, training, and information resources to its members and the local government community. The management decisions made by ICMA 's nearly 8,000 members affect more than 100 million individuals in thousands of communities--from small towns with populations of a few hundred to metropolitan areas serving several million.

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Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager



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