Award for Career Development in Memory of L.P. Cookingham

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Each year ICMA presents the Award for Career Development to a corporate member who has made a significant contribution to the development of new talent in professional local government management. The award commemorates former ICMA President L.P. (Perry) Cookingham, who is credited with creating the local government internship. Charles D. Cameron, administrator of Washington County, Oregon, is the recipient of this year's Cookingham award.

When the Washington County staff realized its salaries were inadequate to attract critical professional personnel, Charlie Cameron, in partnership with the Master's Program in Public Administration at Lewis and Clark College, initiated a series of training programs for 50 managerial and professional employees. He also played a leading role in making the same opportunities available to current and potential local government employees in the Northwest United States and Canada.

After conducting surveys to determine the needs of county employees and developing a program that emphasized knowledge/skill improvement and commitment to democratic governance, Mr. Cameron arranged for the MPA staff of Lewis and Clark College to teach program courses at county offices. To date, approximately 25 employees have completed their course work toward an MPA degree, and the program has expanded to include on-site education for practitioners in Bend, Salem, and Newport, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. …