The original item was published from June 15, 2022 4:40 PM to April 6, 2023 3:03 PM
Geneva City Administrator Stephanie Dawkins and Human Resources Generalist Mera Johnson were recipients of the Illinois City/County Management Association's (ILCMA) Gregory J. Bielawski award for service to the profession. The award honors individuals who have gone above and beyond in the local government management profession.
Dawkins (left) was recognized for her service to the profession through mentoring and teaching young people, supporting colleagues, and actively participating in professional and community organizations.
Johnson, along with nine of her colleagues, formed the Legacy Project in 2011. This organization’s purpose is to advance women in local government by helping them succeed by enhancing career-building models that develop leadership skills and by providing an opportunity to network with female government professionals. In 2012, the Legacy Project was formally granted affiliate member status with ILCMA, and the group continues to make an impact on the profession today.
The Association handed out the awards during its annual banquet June 9.
This was the second honor this year for Dawkins. On May 13, Northern Illinois University recognized her with an honorary membership in Pi Alpha Alpha for her outstanding public service. Pi Alpha Alpha identifies those whose careers have best advanced the ideals of "integrity, professionalism, and creative performance" in public service as individuals who are considered for honorary membership.
Congratulations to both Dawkins and Johnson on their success.