Fort Collins, CO - The Board of Larimer County Commissioners honored several staff members and one of their own for recent national awards received, at their weekly Administrative Matters today. Chair of the Board Lew Gaiter III accepted the awards on behalf of all recipients this past July at the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) awards banquet at the National Association of Counties (NACo) annual conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. NACIO has a national contest each year for County Information Officers. Deni La Rue is Larimer's NACIO member. Those honored today in the NACIO 2015 Awards of Excellence Competition are:
2015 Live United Community Collaboration Award goes to Former DHS Director Ginny Riley. Presented in June while Ginny was still at Larimer County, United Way of Larimer County said " If you want to make real change, don't show up to the potluck with just a fork - that's what Ginny Riley taught us as the 2015 LIVE UNITED Community Collaboration award winner. For the past 35 years, Ginny has helped transform our community by bringing her ideas and gifts to the table. By putting in the effort and work to make those ideas a reality, Ginny has illustrated that you can't just show up expecting to be handed things on a plate.
The Larimer County Department of Human Services was recognized on June 2 by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) for 'C-Stat Distinguished Performance in 2014.'
Avie Strand, Community Health Services Director at the Larimer County Department of Public Health & Environment, was awarded the 2015 McKee Community Health Award on March 12.
The McKee Community Health Award recognizes one individual per year that contributes to the overall health and wellness of the Loveland community either through direct patient care, paid professional service or volunteer service in the healthcare field.
KRFC-FM's Community at Work program won a 1st place award Saturday night at the 2014 Colorado Broadcasters Awards of Excellence program in Denver. The show three hosts, Richard Cox/Health District of Northern Larimer County; Deni La Rue/Larimer County Government; and, Bob Overbeck/City of Fort Collins, won as a team for Best News/Talk Show Host or Team in a major market category. The three hosts rotate the show weekly. Community at Work highlights the services their public agencies provide in the region and the hosts interview people about these services as well as issues their agencies face. For the second year running, the 1st place went to the weekly Community at Work show which airs on Thursdays from 6-6:30p.m. at 88.9 fm.
Debbie Pierson, Larimer County Veterans Services Coordinator received an Outstanding Work for Veterans award from Jim Keeton, National President of the 101st Airborne Division Association. Larimer County Veterans Services Department Specialists Trisha Reynolds, Steve Page and Nickie Phillips also received an award from the 101st Airborne Division as did the Veterans Office for their Outstanding Work for Veterans.
Earl Fawcett, Deputy with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, was named the recipient of the Sally Henze Memorial Award October 21 in Fort Collins. This award is given to an individual who has contributed significantly to the welfare of at-risk adults in Larimer County by the Larimer County Adult Protection Team. Deputy Fawcett is primarily assigned as a Mountain Deputy working the Red Feather, Poudre Canyon and Northern Mountains of Larimer County and received Distinguished Service Medals in 2006 and 2011 and a Meritorious Service Medal in 2012. Fawcett was nominated by Mary Lou Evans of the Department of Human Services. The award is given in honor of Sally Henze, a nurse and former director of Columbine Home Health. She was one of the founding members of the Larimer County Adult Protection Team.
Fort Collins, CO – Larimer County Community Information Manager Deni La Rue and Budget Director Bob Keister were awarded a 'Superior' Award of Excellence for Larimer County's 2013 Community Report from the National Association of County Information Officers, NACIO.
Larimer County, Colorado - For the 30th year running, Larimer County has been awarded the 'Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting' by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. The County Finance Division received the award for their 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013.
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today recognized the Natural Resources Department for several awards received for their 'Our Lands - Our Future (OLOF) – Conservation and Recreation Choices for Northern Colorado program, a regional study of conservation and outdoor recreation preferences completed in 2013. OLOF has since received three awards.
Larimer County, Colorado – Larimer County's Director of the Department of Human Services (DHS), Ginny Riley, received recognition on behalf of the Department earlier this week at the Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) conference in Keystone Colorado.
On May 5, 2014, the 36th Annual Judge Conrad L. Ball Award honors Nancy Griffith-Conklin. Larimer County Community Corrections Business Operations Manager, as the 2014 recipient. Griffith-Conklin received the award for contributing toward improving the quality of justice in Larimer County. According to her nomination, Griffith-Conklin has developed and maintained all of the budgets for grants and contracts that fund specialized programs, including: Intensive Residential Treatment, Alternatives to Incarceration for Individuals with Mental Health Needs (AIIM), the Day Reporting Center, Juvenile Transportation Unit and the Short Term Intensive Remedial Residential Treatment. Nancy's work with the County Budget Manager and Finance Director was essential to obtaining the approval for construction of a new Community Corrections facility.
On March 8, 2014, the Colorado Broadcasters Association, CBA, awarded Deni La Rue a 1st place award for 'Best Talk Show Host', major market category, for Community at Work at KFRCfm, and a 2nd place place award for 'Public Affairs Program – KRFC/Community at Work' CAW).
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today honored Larimer County/CSU Extension Services Director Laurel Kubin for receiving the Mary Ellen Edmondson Educator of the Year Award for 2013 awarded by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE).
Larimer County, Colorado - Tina Barker, Nursing Home Administrator-In Training at Sierra Vista Healthcare, was named the recipient of the Sally Henze Memorial Award in October. This annual award is given to an individual who has contributed significantly to the welfare of at-risk adults in Larimer County by the Larimer County Adult Protection Team (APT).
Larimer County's Laurel Kubin, director of Colorado State University Extension's Larimer County program was honored for her efforts in education on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at the Annual Northern Colorado Business Report's "Women of Distinction" event in Loveland, Colorado. Twelve women from Northern Colorado were honored with awards and more than 80 women were nominated.
Larimer County, Colorado – The Board of County Commissioners today handed out awards to Larimer County's Innovation Awards Program winner and finalists. In the second year, the program encourages innovation at Larimer County by recognizing groundbreaking and/or /novel approaches to providing County Services. Chair of the Board of County Commissioners Steve Johnson reiterated what the program stands for, "Larimer County employees are always searching for better ways of providing services to citizens. We are very proud of all these innovators!"
Tim D'Amato, Larimer County's Land Stewardship Manager, was recognized at the Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS) March 2013 Conference with the award of "Outstanding Weed Manager". The WSWS Weed Manager Award recognizes outstanding and sustained contributions in support of weed science activities by a public employee.
Larimer County, Colorado – For the 29th year running, Larimer County has been awarded the 'Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting' by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. The County Finance Division received the award for their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011. Of the approximately 3,000 Counties in the US, only 16% qualified for the award.
Larimer County Department of Human Services Child and Family Services Manager Jim Drendel was recognized for his leadership by CCI with a "Local-State Partnership Award" for his efforts in a statewide partnership with CSU to develop and validate new risk assessment tools for child welfare.
Larimer County and partners have received the Starburst Award for Excellence in the use of Lottery Funds in their analysis of the connections families have for the outdoors in Larimer County, entitled Plug in to Nature.
The Larimer County Natural Resources Department is a recipient of a regional Colorado Open Space Alliance Award, the "Blue Grama Award" for an Ecological Management Program, for its restoration work at Devil's Backbone Open Space.
Software, envisioned by the Larimer County Department of Public Health and Environment and developed by County Information Technology and Health Department staff, has received the designation of "Bright Idea" by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
Avie Strand, director of the Health Department's Community Health Services division, was named a Northern Colorado Woman of Distinction by the Northern Colorado Business Report.
The Colorado Department of Human Services has given Larimer County's Suzette (Sue) Batey a statewide 'Excellence in Practice Award'.
5/2/2012The Larimer County Road Information Locator (RIL) application received the 1st place award in the Savvy Web Application competition at the 25th Annual Geographic Information System for Transportation Symposium.
The Board of County Commissioners heard presentations from Larimer County's first-ever Innovation Awards Program winners. The program was initiated as a way to encourage long-time innovation at Larimer County by recognizing groundbreaking and/or novel approaches to providing County Services.
Larimer County's Justice Center has won the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2011 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings in the 'courthouse' category. The 8th Judicial District Green Team at the Larimer County Justice Center and Energy Conservation Specialist Stacey Baumgarn worked with the buildings occupants to save energy in the national competition.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has recognized Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) for its ability to respond to public health emergencies.
Larimer County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Mapping Group has received a Special Achievement Award for Exceptional Application of Geospatial Technology. The 'Special Achievement in GIS' award was given by Environmental Systems Research Institute.
Each year the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) bestows national awards on individuals, groups, or companies who have furthered employment opportunities for veterans in some way. Two national employment awards were presented to the Larimer County Workforce Center.
CJ Cullins, Natural Resources, was selected Volunteer Coordinator of the Year by the United Way and Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA).
The Larimer County Board of Health announces that Ginny Riley, director of Larimer County's Department of Human Services, Awarded 2011 Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award.
Larimer County was awarded the Gold Well Workplace Award by CanDo, the Coalition for Activity and Nutrition to Defeat Obesity. CanDo Coordinator Virginia Clark said the award, received by Larimer County's Wellness Program Coordinator Liz DeJongh, was awarded to the County for their outstanding, results-oriented employee wellness program.
Dale Miller, Larimer County Road and Bridge Director received the Elaine Spencer Award at the Colorado Counties/Colorado Association of Road Supervisors and Engineers annual meeting.
8/24/2010The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) honored the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) with a Model Practice Award at its 2010 annual conference.
The Alliance for Innovation awarded Larimer County this award for Development and Successful Implementation of Vote Centers.
The Larimer County Health Department's Environmental Health division was named the "2009-2010 Outstanding Internship Site" by CSU's Environmental Health Student Association. The honor was awarded for "exceptional dedication and commitment towards providing valuable internship experiences for CSU students."
The Larimer County Board of Health announces that the Health District of Northern Larimer County and its executive director, Carol Plock, are the recipients of the 2010 Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award.
Department of Natural Resources Ranger J. Hawkins has been selected as the Colorado Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2010.
Larimer County's Director of Public Health, Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, has won the annual McKee Community Health Award. The award recognizes an individual that contributes to the overall health and wellness of the Loveland Community.
Brant Gluth of the Larimer County District Attorney's (DA) office was honored at the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Dinner of Champions for demonstrating a commitment to philanthropy, volunteerism, and advocacy for MS.
1/21/2010Steve Schneider, an Information Technology Manager at Larimer County, is a winner of the first annual United We Serve Awards in Colorado.
The Larimer County Board of Commissioners awarded four with the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Awards.
Joni Friedman of the Larimer County Workforce Center was honored during the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp.'s annual meeting. Friedman was given the Regional Economic Development Excellence Award based on her history of working across boundary lines to create new services to help people find jobs.
The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2009 Starburst Director's Choice Award to Larimer County for using Lottery dollars to enhance the community's open space resources. The Larimer County Department of Natural Resources tapped a $700,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant to help purchase and preserve Hermit Park Open Space, a more than 1,300-acre parcel in Estes Park formerly owned by Agilent Technologies.
10/21/2009Larimer County Commissioner Kathay Rennels received the "Excellence Award" from Larimer County's Department of Human Services, Children, Youth, and Family Division, for her 'extraordinary' commitment to children and families.
Thomas Stiller, Veterans Employment Specialist, Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP), Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, is the recipient of the DVOP of the Year award from the American Legion.
The Ranch was named best campsite for 2009 Relay For Life, after a hugely successful June 2009 event, along side assistance from Ovations catering.
The Larimer County Board of Health announces that Lupe Harbison, Health Care Program Coordinator for the Women's Resource Center in Fort Collins, is the recipient of the 2009 Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award.
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners recognized four outstanding local contractors, architects and engineers who provide a quality product to citizens in the unincorporated area of Larimer County. This is the 8th annual presentation of the Larimer County Building Department's 'Recognition Award Program for Professionalism'.
The Larimer County Board of Commissioners awarded five with the 2008 Environmental Stewardship Awards.
The Larimer County Workforce Center has received the Foothills Award, the second step in the Malcolm Baldrige/Continuous Improvement process.
Three Larimer County Extension staff members received statewide recognition at the Annual Extension Forum.
Larimer County Commissioner Randy Eubanks has been named Wilderness Hero for the month of October, 2008, by the non-profit national wilderness advocacy group Campaign for America's Wilderness.
This award, presented by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Extension Professionals' Organization, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to and supported Extension programs over time.
Katrina Daniel, Employment Specialist at the Larimer County Workforce Center won a statewide award at the Employment First conference, for placing nearly 200 people in jobs in program year 2008. Katrina had the highest number of customers obtaining employment in the entire state. This is the third year in a row that she has received this award.
The recently re-designed Larimer County website, The Virtual Courthouse, received two first-place awards in the large population group (more than 100,000 citizens) at the 2008 annual conference of the National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW).
7/9/2008The Garbage Garage Education Center was presented with an Environmental Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has announced that the recipient of the third annual Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award is Jane Higgins, MD, a physician at CSU's Hartshorn Health Service.
The Larimer County Engineering Department in partnership with local contractor LaFarge Northern Paving has received a national award for excellence in roadway paving work related to the North Taft Hill Reconstruction Project.
Jody Kind, RN, MSN, was honored in April for her services to training UNC nurses in Community Health.
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners recognized three outstanding local contractors, architects and engineers who provide a quality product to citizens in the unincorporated area of Larimer County. This is the sixth annual presentation of the Larimer County Building Department's 'Recognition Award Program for Professionalism'.
The Garbage Garage Education Center is one of 10 programs from across the state that the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) will honor at its February awards banquet for "leadership in developing effective, cooperative, cross-sector environmental education programs."
Community at Work received a 2007 Golden Microphone Award from KRFCfm for Outstanding Programming. Community at Work is a weekly radio program on KRFCfm, 88.9, that provides insight into issues that affect our communities by providing a closer look at the public agencies that serve citizens.
The Larimer County Board of Commissioners awarded five with the 2007 Environmental Stewardship Awards.
The Employment First Team of the Larimer County Workforce Center received several awards at the annual Employment First Conference.
The Sheriff's Office Annual Award Ceremony recognized employees' achievements throughout 2006. Employees who were promoted throughout the year were recognized along with those who have received commendations.
The Larimer County Board of County Commissioners honored long-time Larimer County employee and citizen Sam Waldo with a Certificate of Appreciation from Jane Norton, Lieutenant Governor, on behalf of the Governor's Commission on Community Service.
The Larimer County Board of Commissioners awarded four with the 2006 Environmental Stewardship Awards.
Nancy Grove, MPH and Supervisor of the Tobacco Prevention Program of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, has received the 2006 "Excellence in Public Health Education Award" from Colorado Society for Public Health Education.
4/27/2006At the Rocky Mountain Workforce Development Association's 2006 conference, the Larimer County Workforce Center's Career Transition Team won an award for "Promoting Excellence in Workforce Development."
For the 23rd consecutive year, Larimer County's Finance Division received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.
12/19/2005The Board of Larimer County Commissioners recognized Larimer County 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent Kathy Wolfe for the national 'Power Of Youth Award' she recently received.
Sheri Sauer, Director of Rehabilitation Visiting Nurses Association (RVNA) of Larimer County, has received the first annual Sally Henze Memorial Award from the Larimer County Adult Protection Team (APT).
The Office on Aging receives an Excellence in Government Award by the Volunteers of America, Colorado.
County Manager Frank Lancaster receives award from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) for significant contributions and achievements in the advancement of local government administration.
Larimer County Environmental Health Specialist Tom Gonzales has been selected for the 2005 Colorado Environmental Health Association (CEHA) Environmental Achievement Award.
The Larimer County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol has brought the Colorado Sheriff's Posse Association State Meet trophy to Larimer County. The trophy itself, affectionately called "The Old Man Trophy", is a one-of-a-kind, hand carved wooden figure of an old western sheriff.
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners honored Community Information Manager Deni La Rue for a Meritorious Award given by the National Association of County Information Officers, NACIO, in their Awards of Excellence 2005 competition. The NACIO award was given for 'Community at Work', a one-half hour public affairs radio show aired on local community radio station KRFC.
The National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC) awarded Scott Doyle the 2005 Public Official of the Year Award in recognition of his creation of the Citizen Information Center (CIC), proactive business and budget planning within the Clerk's office, and successful development and implementation of Vote Centers in Larimer County.
The National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC) awarded Scott Doyle the 2005 Election Administration Best Practice Award in recognition of the successful creation and implementation of Vote Centers Larimer County.
The Garbage Garage, Larimer County's waste and recycling education center, was honored as an "Outstanding Colorado Recycling/Diversion Program" by the Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR).
The Larimer County Board of Commissioners honored Jim Drendel, Division Manager for Larimer County Human Services - Child, Youth, and Family, and Paul Cooper, Chief Probation Officer, for awards they received.
A national survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo) named the top-10 most technologically-advanced, cutting-edge county governments in the United States. Larimer County placed ninth in its population category.
Larimer County Department of Health and Environment's Community Health Services Director Avie Strand has received several prestigious health awards in the recent past. Strand was honored with the 2002 National Lillian Wald Award for Public Health Nursing Excellence. Strand also won Colorado's Lillian Wald Award in 2001 and a Colorado Nightingale nursing award in 1996.
Two specialized programs for youth, an annual Youth Employment Conference and Operation Occupation, administered by the Larimer County Workforce Center have been cited by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment as "Exemplary and Innovative programs."
The Larimer County Natural Resources Department has won the 'Best New Program Award' from the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) for it's Garbage Garage Education Center.
Fort Collins Veterans Service Organizations, as a group, honor Debra Pierson with 'Distinguished Service Award' plaque for her 'Dedication and Loyalty to Veterans'.
Larimer County foster parents Louise and Jim East were named outstanding foster parents of the year by the Colorado State Foster Parent Association and the Colorado Coalition of Adoptive Families. The couple was presented the award at the 2002 Annual Education Conference on October 10 in Glenwood Springs. The Easts have served as foster parents for Larimer County for the last 17 years and have cared for numerous troubled and challenging children. The couple has also adopted two children.
The Children, Youth and Family Services Division of Larimer County's Department of Human Services has won the statewide John Inmann Program Award from the Colorado Forum on Community and Restorative Justice. The Children, Youth and Family Services Division was nominated for this award due to their efforts in integrating restorative and community justice in child welfare cases.
The National Association of County Information Officers, NACIO, has awarded their second highest acknowledgment the , "2002 Excellent Award" for the Larimer County Budget Office video, "In Working Order".
This past spring the Larimer County Planning Department received an "Honor Award" in the Planning and Urban Design category, a Professional Design Award from the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CCASLA), for their Plant List and Landscape Guide.
The Larimer County Workforce Center was recognized by Governor Bill Owens at a ceremony in Denver for their work on behalf of the Governor's Summer Job Hunt and the 2002 Youth Job Fairs.
The Community Corrections Department gives out the 24th Annual Conrad L. Ball Award and 2002 Governor's Community Corrections Award.
Larimer County's web site, the Virtual Courthouse, is the recipient of a national award for e-governance excellence. The National Academy of Public Administration and the National Association of Counties (NACo).
5/7/2002Kathy Snell, Director of Health and Human Services, Joni Friedman, Director of the Workforce Center, and Ginny Riley, Director of Human Services, received Fair Welfare Reform Coalition Outstanding Contribution awards.
For the second year in a row, Larimer County's web site, the "Virtual Courthouse", takes the top honor in the Northern Colorado Business Report's CyberStars Awards.
Several county videos, produced through an intergovernmental agreement with staff from the City of Fort Collins Cable Channel 27, garnered awards in recent months.
Larimer County Human Services' PARENT Program (People Achieving Responsibility through Education, Nurturing and Training) was honored with a statewide award from Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) and the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS).
Two Larimer County Rural Land Use Center projects were highlighted in CoPIRG's Smart Growth Hall of Fame Report.
The Association of Colorado County Administrators (ACCA) named Larimer County Manager Frank Lancaster, "ACCA Administrator of the Year" at the Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Winter Conference.
Laurel Kubin, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Larimer County office director, received the Alton Scofield Distinguished Service Award, for her leadership of and contributions to Cooperative Extension.