The Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) awarded the prestigious Distinguished Practitioner Award for 2014 to Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in public administration. Award recipients must have a significant and established record in public service in a local, state, federal or international government or nonprofit.
According to the nomination, “While Mr. Cheatham would be the first to re-direct any credit for these organizational achievements to the elected and administrative officials with whom he has served, it is clear that all of Wilmington would be in a far different position had he not been at the helm of the organization over the past dozen or so years. His vision and forethought are represented in a body of work that will touch everyone that comes in contact with this City long after he has retired from his chosen profession.”
SECoPA was established in 1978 to assist with the promotion of public administration research, scholarship and professionalism throughout the Southeastern United States. In her announcement, SECoPA president Dr. Jo Ann Ewalt commented, “Your accomplishments in local government are truly inspiring. There were a number of excellent nominations for this award, and your winning nomination highlights our intent to publicize and reward the highest level of excellence in public service.”