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Cauthen receives award for outstanding leadership

In recognition of his many accomplishments since arriving in Kansas City only two years ago, City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen will receive the Local Public Administrator of the Year Award Wednesday from the Greater Kansas City chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

Mayor Kay Barnes will present the award to Cauthen at the annual awards luncheon at 11:45 a.m. May 25 at the Hereford House restaurant, 2 E. 20th St., Kansas City, Mo.

The Local Public Administrator of the Year Award recognizes outstanding performance in the practice or teaching of public administration. According to ASPA representatives, Cauthen was selected for this award “due to his outstanding leadership in a short amount of time as city manager.”

Among Cauthen’s accomplishments ASPA cited were the following:

    Revised and implemented KC Recycles program

    Established Capital Improvements Management Office to reduce backlog of construction projects

    Assisted in the development of the KC Live! Entertainment District and the new H&R Block Headquarters downtown

    Oversaw completion of the KCI Terminal Improvement Project

    Helped pass $250 million bond issue for deferred maintenance

    Revamped the City’s housing program

    Partnered with UMKC to implement the City Internship Program

    Negotiated with the union to develop plans for pay-for-performance.

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