Awards and Accomplishments

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In 2003, through the tremendous efforts and muscle of citizen leaders, the City of Rancho Cordova was propelled into motion. We've accomplished a lot since Cityhood, and we've created a strong foundation for the future. We're well on our way to becoming a state-of-the-art city that is a model for other cities to follow.

One of our biggest accomplishments has been the improvement of Rancho Cordova's image from within. Residents, business owners, and community leaders can be proud of Rancho Cordova and the many ways the city has been improved. There are so many noteworthy achievements that we could write down; for now, we offer the top ten accomplishments that have built civic pride, raised our community's standards, and made Rancho Cordova a place that residents are happy to call their own. View our top 10 accomplishments from 2003 to 2013.

In addition, the City of Rancho Cordova has been recognized for excellence in many disciplines and awarded the following over the years.

City Management

Award Name Awarding Agency

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

Government Finance Officers Association

2014 Best Places to Work Finalist

Sacramento Business Journal

2014 Great Place to Work®

#21 best small workplace in the nation by FORTUNE Magazine

Great Place to Work ®

2014 Wes McClure Award of Distinction

Award presented to Ted Gaebler

League of California Cities (LOCC)

2014 Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge's Citizen of the Year Award

Award presented to Stacy Delaney

Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge

2014 Award of Merit Citywide Survey Program of Local Businesses

California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED)

2014 President's Award

Award presented to David Gassaway

Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC)

2013 Best Places to Work Finalist

Sacramento Business Journal

2013 Great Place to Work®

#12 best small workplace in the nation by FORTUNE Magazine

Great Place to Work ®

2013 Official Commemorative Partner

Award presented to Rancho Cordova Memorial Day and Veterans Day Committee

U.S. Department of Defense

2013 Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) City

League of California Cities (LOCC) and California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA)

2013 Award of Recognition and Appreciation

Presented to Cancer Crushers for generosity and many years of dedicated support to Rancho Cordova Relay for Life

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

2012 Office Team Administrative Excellence Award

Award presented to Stacy Leitner 

International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)

2012 Teacher of the Year Award

Award presented to Stacy Leitner

Corinthian College

2012 Paul Harris Fellow

Award presented to Vanessa Martinez

Rancho Cordova Rotary Club

2012 Great Place to Work®

#12 in the nation by Fortune Magazine

Great Place to Work ®

2012 IPMA-HR Award of Excellence

Award in "Small Agency"

International Public Management Association for Human Resources

2012 Sacramento ASPA Special Recognition

Award presented to Ted Gaebler

American Society for Public Administration

2012 Sacramento Workplace Excellence Leader (SWEL) Runner-up

Award in "Small Government Agency"

Sacramento Area Human Resources Association (SAHRA) and the Sacramento Bee

2011 CFO of the Year Award

Award in "Public Agency" presented to Donna Silva

Sacramento Business Journal

2011 Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award

Award for City's collaboration with the Cordova Community Council and Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce

Alliance for Innovation

2010 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

Award for City's Annual Corporate Report

League of California Cities

2010 All-America City Award

National Civic League (NCL)

2010 Hands on Sacramento Award

Community Services Planning Council

Educator of the Year

Award presented to Stacy Leitner

Cordova Community Council (CCC)

2009 All-America City Finalist

National Civic League (NCL)

2009 Career Development Award

Award for "Career Development in memory of L.P. Cookingham" presented to City Manager, Ted A. Gaebler

International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

2009 Sacramento Workplace Excellence Leader (SWEL) Award

Award in "Small Government Agency"

Sacramento Area Human Resources Association (SAHRA)

2009 Public Service Award

Award presented to Lisa Brown

Cordova Community Council (CCC)

2007 Innovative Program Award

Award presented to Blight Busters

CACEO

2006 Public Servant of the Year

Award presented to Evelyn Richardson

Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce

2005 California City Clerk of the Year

Award presented to Lillian Hare

City Clerks Association of California

Communications

Award Name Awarding Agency

2015 Digital Cities Survey Winner

5th Place for Top 10 IT and Communication Technology-Related Initiatives

 e.Republic's Center for Digital Government and the Digital Communities Program

2014 Digital Cities Survey Winner

4th Place for Top 10 IT and Communication Technology-Related Initiatives

e.Republic's Center for Digital Government and the Digital Communities Program

2014 CAPIO Excellence in Communication Award

1st Place for Citizen's Financial Report

California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO)

2013 Digital Cities Survey Winner

6th Place for Top 10 IT and Communication Technology-Related Initiatives

Republic's Center for Digital Government and the Digital Communities Program

2011 CAPIO Award

1st Place for "We're Getting Hitched"

California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO)

2009 Telly Award

Bronze Award for "I Love Rancho Cordova" Public Service Announcements Campaign

Telly Awards

2009 International Summit Award

Silver Award for "Rededication of Matthew Kilgore Cemetery"

Summit International Awards (SIA)

2009 International Summit Award

Bronze Award for the City of Rancho Cordova's "5th Anniversary Celebration"

Summit International Awards (SIA)

2009 Cappie Award

Gold Award for "City Views" Newsletter

Sacramento Public Relations Association (SPRA)

2009 Cappie Award

Gold Award for "I Love Rancho Cordova" Public Service Announcements Campaign

Sacramento Public Relations Association (SPRA)

2009 Cappie Award

Honorable Mention for "5th Anniversary Celebration"

Sacramento Public Relations Association (SPRA)

2009 Capio Award

1st Place for "5th Anniversary Celebration"

California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO)

2009 Capio Award

1st Place for "I Love Rancho Cordova Public Service Announcements Campaign

California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO)

2008 Capio Award

2nd Place for the "Rededication of Matthew Kilgore Cemetery" Marketing/Communications Campaign

California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO)

2008 "2007 Project of the Year"

Kilgore Cemetery Rededication

APWA Sacramento Chapter

2008 Capio Award

Honorable Mention for the "Rededication of Matthew Kilgore Cemetery" Special Event Category

California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO)

Community Development

Award Name Awarding Agency

2009 Planning Project Award

"Capital Village"

American Planning Association (APA)

2008 Blueprint Excellence Award

"Capital Village"

Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)

2008 Distinguished Leadership Award

Award presented to

Sacramento Valley Section of the American Planning Association California (APA-CA)

2007 California - Comprehensive Planning/Small Jurisdiction

"General Plan"

American Planning Association (APA)

2007 Sacramento Valley - Comprehensive Planning/Small Jurisdiction

"General Plan"

American Planning Association (APA)

2006 Blueprint Excellence Award

"General Plan"

Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)

2006 Engineering Excellence Award

Merit Award for "Capital Village, The Preserve at Sunridge and Sun Creek Charrettes"

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Police/Code Enforcement

Award Name Awarding Agency

2014 John Lowe Award of Excellence

Award presented to Kerry Simpson

California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO)

2014 "Service Above Self Award"

Award presented to Sergeant Steve Dutra

Sacramento Rotary

2013 Most Innovative Code Enforcement Program Award

City's Code Enforcement partnership with the Sacramento County Probation Department

California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO)

2010 Public Safety Appreciation Award

Award presented to Officer Bruce Smith and Officer Lori Smith

Sacramento County District Attorney

2010 Employee of the Year

Award presented to Stephanie DeShon

Rancho Cordova Rotary

2010 California Hero Award

Award presented to Officer Glen Barawed

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MAAD)

2010 Appreciation Award

Award presented to Officer Bruce Smith and Officer Lori Smith; posthumously to Officer Larry Canfield

Rancho Cordova Elks

2010 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Award presented to Officer Shelly Hodgkins

Rancho Cordova Optimist Club

2010 Volunteer Award for Distinguished Community Service

Award presented to Officer Bruce Smith and Officer Lori Smith

Rancho Cordova Community Council

2010 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Award presented to Officer Shelly Hodgkins

Rancho Cordova Veterans of Foreign War (VFW)

2009 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds "Hometown Hero"

Award presented to Zachary Hatch

U.S. Air Force

2009 Officer of the Year

Award presented to Zachary Hatch

Point West Rotary Club

2009 MADD California Hero Award

Award presented to the Rancho Cordova Police Department

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

2009 Citizen of the Year

Award presented to Police Chief, Reuben Meeks

Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge

2009 Purple Heart

Awarded to Larry Canfield

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2009 Officer of the Year

Awarded to Zachary Hatch

Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge

2009 "Letters of Commendation" for Outstanding Effort & Dedication Duty

Award presented to Officer Gary Gonsalves

Rancho Cordova Optimist Club

2009 Bronze Star for Bravery

Award presented to Officer David Feldman

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2009 Life Saving Medal

Award presented to Officer James Waters, Officer Glen Petree, Officer Terea Davis and Officer Shannon Shumaker

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2009 Avoid the Capital 15

Award presented to Officer Ron Brazell

California Office of Traffic Safety

2009 Most DUI Arrests

Award presented to Officer Gary Gonsalves

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

2009 Dedication to the Community & Law Enforcement Mission

Crime Suppression Unit Award

Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge

2009 "Respect For Law" Recognition for Outstanding Performance on the Job

Award presented to Sergeant Martin Sherrel and Sergeant Ray Roberts

Rancho Cordova Optimist Club

2009 Bronze Star for Bravery

Award presented to Officer Michael Pai, Officer Matthew Silva, Christopher Baker, Officer Jeremy Day, Officer Steven 'Ray' Forsyth and Officer Charles Gailey

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2008 Silver Star for Bravery

Award presented to Detective Joseph Miller

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2008 Bronze Star for Bravery

Award presented to Detective Nate Wise

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2008 Outstanding Service to the Community

Award presented to Officer Shane Gregory and volunteer Karen Donovan

ASIS International

2008 Officer of the Year

Award presented to Detective Sergeant Pete James

Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge

2008 1st Place BMW Team Event

Rancho Cordova Police Department

12th Annual Las Vegas Motor Challenge

2008 WSMOA Elk Grove Motor Challenge

1st Place BMW Main Event

Elk Grove Police Department

2008 2nd Annual Redding Motor Challenge

1st Place BMW 1200 Main Event

Redding Police Department

2007 Silver Star for Bravery

Award presented to Sergeant Michael Rogers and Officer Christopher Bittle

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2007 Bronze Star for Bravery

Award presented to Officer James Hatfield, Officer Aaron Marino, Officer Anthony Turnbull and Officer Jeffrey Wallace

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2007 Purple Heart Award

Award presented to Officer Zachary Hatch

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2007 Life Saving Medal

Award presented to Officer Mark Atkins, Officer Gregory Saunders and Officer Brian Wade-Richter

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2007 1st Place Team Event

Rancho Cordova Police Department

1st Annual Redding Motor Challenge

2007 1st Place BMW/Honda

Award presented to Marcus James

Folsom Police Motor Challenge

2007 1st Place BMW Team Event

Rancho Cordova Police Department

Carson City Motor Training And Challenge

2006 Silver Star Gallantry

Award presented to Officer Catherine Bakarich

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2006 Bronze Star Bravery

Award presented to Sergeant Jeffrey Hattersley, Officer Renee Beaubien, Officer Kenneth Goodier, Officer Glen Petree and Officer Burk Stearns

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2006 Purple Heart Award

Award presented to Officer William Woodel

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2006 1st Place Team Event

Rancho Cordova Police Department

Sacramento Regional Police Motor Challenge

2006 Life Saving Medal

Award presented to Officer Louie Avila, Officer Martin Crosby, Officer Christopher Keillor, Officer Anthony Turnbull, Officer Mark Atkins, Officer Gregory Saunders and Officer Brian Wade-Richter

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2006 1st Place BMW Team Event

Rancho Cordova Police Department

Carson City Motor Training and Challenge

2005 Life Saving Medal

Award presented to Officer David Burdette, Officer Brian Aubuchon and Officer Anthony Turnbull

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

2005 1st Place BMW Main Event

Award presented to Steve Carrozzo

2nd Annual Carson City Motor Challenge

2005 1st Place BMW Main Event

Award presented to Marcus James & Steve Carrozzo (tie)

1st Sacramento Motor Challenge

2004 Life Saving Medal

Award presented to Daniel Morrissey

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

Public Works 

Award Name Awarding Agency

Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community Recognition

Investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure, and pro-bicycling policies.

League of American Bicyclists

2013 Sacramento Area Sustainable Business Award

City's Green Building Initiatives

Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC)

2013 American Public Works Association (APWA)

Project of the Year "Folsom Boulevard Beautification and Enhancement Project" in the Transportation Category, $10 to $30 Million

American Public Works Association (APWA) - Sacramento Chapter

2012 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Award

Crossings @ New Rancho

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

2012 American Public Works Association (APWA)

Project of the Year "International Drive Extension" in the Transportation Category, Under $10 Million

Agency Size: Small

American Public Works Association (APWA) - Sacramento Chapter

2012 American Public Works Association (APWA)

Project of the Year "White Rock Community Pathway" in the Parks & Trails Category, Under $100,000

Agency Size: Small

American Public Works Association (APWA) - Sacramento Chapter

2012 Bob Stoddard Scholarship

Scholarship presented to Denise Reese

Sacramento Valley Association of Building Officials

2010 Professional Manager of the Year

Award presented to Cyrus Abhar

American Public Works Association

2009 American Public Works Association (APWA)

Project of the Year "Rancho CordoVan Commuter Shuttle" in the Transportation Category, Construction Division, Under $500,000,

Agency Size: Small

American Public Works

Association (APWA) - Sacramento Chapter

2007 American Public Works Association (APWA)

Project of the Year "Kilgore Cemetery Restoration: in the Historical Restoration and Preservation Category

American Public Works Association (APWA) - Sacramento Chapter

2007 Helen Putnam Award of Excellence

Effective Advocacy, Intergovernmental Relations and Regional Cooperation "Highway 50 Corridor" representing the City of Folsom, the City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County and El Dorado County

National League of Cities (NLC)

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