The week, the Kansas Association of City/County Management (KACM) met to recognize excellence in public service and honor members of the profession for their years of service. Each year, KACM members meet to choose one member who are exemplary members of the city-county management profession. This year, KACM honored Ty Lasher, City Manager for the City of Bel Aire with the Buford M. Watson, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Management in Kansas.
Lasher’s nomination spoke directly to his efforts as City Manager during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the on-going crisis, Lasher worked with his council, staff, and the public to stay ahead of the crisis take care of staff and promote continued connection with the public. Bel Aire City Hall was able to continue to provide services because Ty prudently adapted the schedule to divide the entire staff into teams. He ordered personal protective equipment and remote technology so staff could adapt to whatever circumstances arose. Committees and contractors were prepared to meet remotely.
“Ty has successfully created a space where leadership and preparation is demonstrated, valued, and encouraged. This team-oriented approach has paid off, and the results are visible, Bel Aire has been recognized for being fiscally responsible and continued to provide quality infrastructure to citizens in innovative ways. Particularly during the pandemic. Ty’s has brought the best of executive-level leadership ethics and practices to our community, and Bel Aire is better for it.
“I am honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award from my fellow colleagues,” said Lasher. “To be nominated by my staff, and selected by my peers, makes this award truly special. This recognition is only given to one manager per year and I have joined a very special group of recipients, friends and mentors. Thank you to the KACM board and members of this great organization.”
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