KUCIMAT Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes individuals who have, through cumulative career achievements and successes furthered the purpose of the KUCIMAT organization.


2023 Winners


Mike Letcher
(MPA 1978)

"Mike’s dedication to the local government management profession and the KU MPA program is truly laudable. He has served communities from New England to the Southwest with commitment and professionalism. Throughout his long career Mike has been a mentor and a sounding board for many and he continues to help prepare the next generation of municipal leaders through his work as an associate professor at the University of Arizona.  Mike’s love for professional local government is second to none and we are so very proud and thankful for his 45 years as a KUCIMAT!"

- Chanté Martin (2018), Sara Ott (2002) , Melissa Sieben (1999), Peter Souza (1994)

Past Winners

2023Mike LetcherRetiredBridge Group, LLC.
2022Vicki CharlesworthDeputy City Manager, RetiredCity of Shawnee, Kansas
2022Steve LutzCity Manager, RetiredPowell, Ohio
2021Joe HoefgenCity ManagerRedondo Beach, CA
2021Ed ZuercherCity ManagerPhoenix, AZ
2020Karen DavisExecutive DirectorLocal Government Hispanic Network
2019Kevin FrazellRetiredLeague of Minnesota Cities
2018Craig Weinhaug Douglas County, KS
2017Mark Watson Oak Ridge, TN
2015Alan Simsformer City ManagerCedar Hill, TX
2014Dennis Haysformer County AdministratorUnified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS
2013Jan Perkins Management Partners, Inc.
2012Bob LivingstonCity ManagerUniversity Park, TX
2011Bob HerchertPresident/CEO of Freese and NicholsFort Worth, TX
2010Ray Hummert KU School of Public Affairs & Administration
2009Bill Ramseyformer Director Municipal ServicesOlathe, KS
2008Fred SiemsRetired City AdministratorCity of Blue Springs, MO
2007Chuck Anderson Waters Group
2006Tom MuelenbeckCity ManagerPlano, TX
2005Al Thelan Management Consultant
2004Alan Morrisformer County AdministratorMiami County, KS
2003Lou FoxCity ManagerLubbock, TX
2002Richard Chesneyformer Dep. Co. AdministratorJohnson Co, KS
2001Marion GoodellAdministrative DirectorKU Stene Program
2000Gene Dentonformer AdministratorJohnson County, KS
2000Gerald Foxformer AdministratorMecklenburg County, NC
1996George R. Schraderformer City ManagerDallas, TX
1996Richard D. Thomasformer City ManagerSanta Barbara, CA
1995Robert A. Kippformer City ManagerKansas City, MO
1994Donald E. PipesCity ManagerOverland Park, KS
1993Leland Nelsonformer City ManagerUniversity Park, TX