The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) award for Elected City Official of the Year recognizes outstanding leaders for their innovation and excellence in local governance and celebrates their achievements.

Nominees must be a current elected city official from a KLC member city.

* Nominees must be serving in their capacity on the date of nomination.
* All nominations must be submitted by Friday, July 31, 2019.


KLC executive staff will present the award in the winner’s home city during a city council/commission meeting or another event. KLC will work with the winner and city staff to determine the best venue. This will allow the winner’s family, friends and community, as well as local media, to participate in the award presentation. A special video will recognize the winner on social media, online and during the KLC Conference & Expo, September 24-27 in Covington. The video will be used in KLC social media and may be used locally by the winner in his or her city. The winner will be invited to be recognized at the KLC Conference & Expo but does not have to attend. A donation will be made by KLC to a Kentucky city program/project or qualified charity of the winner’s choice in his or her honor in the amount of $1,000. The winner will be recognized in KLC publications and by local and statewide media (including customized releases for local media).

Nominations will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The nominee is a role model/example of exceptional public service.
  • The nominee’s accomplishments and approach to local government have made his or her city a better place to live.
  • The nominee has the ability to lead and inspire and be resourceful, creative and inclusive.

  1. The nominee must be an elected official in a city that is a member of KLC.
  2. One complete copy of the entry must be submitted online at klc.org, downloaded/faxed to 859.977.3703 or mailed/delivered to KLC before 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 31, 2019.
  3. Nomination content should not exceed 1,000 words.
  4. Supplemental materials, if any, should be limited to 10 pages and can include news releases, news or media clippings, or other materials that support the nomination. If submitting the nomination online, the total file size for supplemental materials may not exceed 25 MB and must be in one of the following formats: .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .doc, .docx, .png or .pdf.
  5. Information and photos may be used in web, social, video and print media and will not be returned unless requested. If not submitted online, all nomination materials should be sent to 100 East Vine Street, Suite 800, Lexington, KY 40507. All entry materials become property of KLC. By submitting photos, you are giving KLC the right to use images on web, social, video and print media platforms and are certifying that all copyrights and permissions have been obtained to do so.
  6. KLC will make a donation to a Kentucky city program/project or qualified charity of the winner’s choice in the amount of $1,000. The charity must be a Kentucky nonprofit corporation or a 501(c)(3) recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and in good standing with the Kentucky Secretary of State; must not be partisan or sectarian; and must be approved by KLC in its sole discretion.

Persons submitting online applications will receive a confirmation via email.

For more information, contact Director of Marketing & Communications Terri Johnson or 859.977.3784.

Entries should be complete before submission. Thank you.

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We suggest you compose your submission in WORD and cut/paste into this online entry form.

  1. Briefly describe the person nominated.
  2. Briefly describe the person nominated.
  3. Describe how the nominee is an example of exceptional public service.
  4. Describe how this person has improved the community.
  5. List any projects/programs/accomplishments this person has implemented, improved or participated in that are noteworthy.
  6. Explain how has this person made his or her local government more effective/efficient.
  7. Describe how the nominee is inspirational and why he or she should be considered for the Elected City Official of the Year Award.
Supplemental materials in support of your nomination: You may upload multiple photos and other supplemental materials. The TOTAL file size for supplemental materials may not exceed 25 megs and must be in one of the following formats: .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .doc, .docx, .png, .pdf. If there are problems with the form submission, files will need to be re-selected.

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