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Eric Wade Awarded Top Honor in Kansas

Eric Wade Awarded Top Honor in Kansas
Posted on 11/16/2017
City Administrator Eric Wade and Lenexa Mayor Michael BoehmLenexa City Administrator Eric Wade was honored with the Buford Watson, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Management from the Kansas Association of City/County Management (KACM) during the organization’s annual conference.

KACM annually recognizes an outstanding local government manager from the state of Kansas who has displayed the attributes of the late Buford M. Watson, Jr., the former City Manager of Lawrence, KS. The award recognizes the individual’s commitment and dedication to the profession and those who serve as a role model in dealing with constituents, value customer satisfaction and encourage new members of the profession.

Wade was appointed as Lenexa’s city administrator in 2004 and came to Lenexa with 20 years of public service to local government in the Kansas City region. He served as deputy county manager in Johnson County, Kansas, from 2000 to 2004. Before that, he served 12 years as the city administrator in Merriam, Kansas. He also served as the assistant city administrator with the City of Blue Springs, Missouri, and a budget analyst with the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public affairs from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

As city administrator, Wade is responsible for implementing the policies of the City Council, submitting a budget to the City Council, and directing and coordinating the city’s departments.

KACM is an organization of local government management officials working together since 1951 to support and promote professional management and high ethical standards for effective democracy in local city and county governments in Kansas. KACM seeks to support member managers, administrators, and assistants through the interchange of ideas and information for professional development and through support of the individual.