KLC City Awards

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) City Awards

2021 Awards! Nominate now through July 15, 2021.

Since 1999, the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has been recognizing cities, city officials and city employees for their contributions to the commonwealth. The annual awards program for Elected City Official of the Year, the City Employee of the Year and the City Government of the Year is an opportunity to recognize the exceptional work being done by Kentucky cities and the people leading them. For 2020, there were more than 50 awards nominations.

“Part of our KLC mission is to support innovation and quality governance,” said J.D. Chaney, KLC Executive Director/CEO. “The annual awards program shines a light on the great work that officials and employees are doing in our Kentucky cities.“

Chaney said most recently, with COVID-19, cities and city officials have taken the lead in keeping communities safe, assisting businesses and continuing to provide services during this historic time. He said, “This time fully demonstrates the importance of cities in our daily lives.”

The award winners, selected by an independent panel of judges, are:

  • Recognized in their home city with a local presentation
  • Featured in local and statewide media
  • Showcased on social media
  • Honored during the annual KLC Conference & Expo
  • Honored with a donation to a local charity of their choice, thanks to our longtime sponsors
  • Presented with a beautiful award

The Elected City Official of the Year Award recognizes a dynamic official who demonstrates outstanding leadership and innovation. KLC represents more than 380 cities and nearly 2,500 elected city officials. Submit a Nomination - Elected City Official of the Year

The City Employee of the Year Award brings recognition to an exceptional city employee who performs at a distinguished level to improve his or her local government and community. KLC is proud to represent more than 20,000 municipal employees. Submit a Nomination - City Employee of the Year

The KLC City Government of the Year Award recognizes a city that has done something transformational. Submit a Nomination - City Government of the Year

The 2020 Winners

Elected City Official of the Year – Mayor Dave Hatter, City of Fort Wright

City Employee of the Year – Jeremy Creason, Fire Chief, City of Mayfield

City Government of the Year – City of Shelbyville