The 2014 Civic Awards were held on Thursday April 3rd at the Renaissance Hotel, Seattle.
Each year the Civic Awards recognizes the accomplishments of elected officials, public employees, other citizen groups, the news media, and individual citizens who make outstanding contributions to the community and to better government.
Business of the Year: The Seattle Seahawks delivered a season of pride and sense of community that culminated in a Super Bowl championship. In addition to their on-field success, the Seahawks and many of their coaches and players actively support our region through philanthropy and innovative non-profits.
James R. Ellis Regional Leadership Award: Steve Mullin has contributed significantly in his role as President of the Washington Roundtable, a public policy research and advocacy group that engages senior business executives. Mr. Mullin exemplifies the spirit of Jim Ellis in leading coalitions of interests to address the major public challenges of the day.
Public Official of the Year: Julia Patterson retired in 2013 after a distinguished 25-year political career representing south King County. Ms. Patterson has served on the King County Council, SeaTac City Council, and the State Legislature. Ms. Patterson has worked tirelessly to improve our region’s transportation and public health systems.
Public Employee of the Year: Wayne Barnett is the Executive Director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC). As the city’s “Ethics Watchdog”, Mr. Barnett has reformed the city’s ethics code, whistleblower process, and supported the creation of similar oversight processes for the City of Kirkland and Seattle Public Schools.
Citizen of the Year: Eric Liu works to rekindle a spirit of powerful citizenship through the work of his organization Citizen University, and through his writings, television show, and teaching. Mr. Liu served as a speechwriter and deputy domestic policy advisor for President Clinton before coming to Seattle. He is the author of several books, including The Gardens of Democracy, The True Patriot, and The Accidental Asian.
Warren G. Magnuson Memorial Award: Jenny Durkan is the United States Attorney for Western Washington and has spearheaded police reform efforts in the Seattle Police Department. In addition to this important issue, Ms. Durkan has worked as a U.S. Attorney on high-profile terrorism and national security issues.
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