The Lloyd D. Gladfelter Award for Government Innovation is given to non-elected municipal, county, state, or federal employees who, through their careers or through a specific innovation, have helped solve a problem for Wisconsin residents and improved public service in the state. The award honors the creative ideas and money-saving efficiencies people expect from government at all levels.
Recipients include a state financial officer who helped the state save more than $50 million through new borrowing programs and a city employee who helped his municipality move from manual to automated recycling pickup, saving almost $1.3 million.
Innovation is not limited to efforts that save money. Projects or efforts that address public health needs, educate residents, or solve a civic problem through a collaboration with a non-governmental agency all are good candidates.
The award was established at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999 by the family of Gladfelter, a 1926 UW-Madison alumnus who spent his career at the Milwaukee Journal as a government reporter. The La Follette School took over administration of the award in 2011. Winners for 2004-2009 are listed on the Department of Political Science website.
- Kirsten Johnson, Thomas Meaux, and Joshua Schoemann: combined Washington-Ozaukee County Health Department
- Tarna Hunter and Shelly Schueller: Statewide Employee Trust Fund campaign about the retirement savings gap facing women
Innovative projects earn Gladfelter Awards, December 7, 2016, La Follette School News
- Tammy Conforti: Kenosha Dream Playground Project
- Jared Knowles: Dropout Early Warning System
- Sarah Turner and the Barron County Community Coalition: Teen Driving Summit
- Diane Rondini Harness and the StEPP committee of Matthew Giesfeldt, Richard Jones, Gina Pruski, Eileen Fredericks, Puck Tsai, Catherine Dorl, and Evan Nordgren: Student Expulsion and Prevention Project
Government innovation winners announced, December 15, 2015, La Follette School News
- Sal Carranza of the University of Wisconsin System and Tom Heffron of the Wisconsin Technical College System
- Emil “Moe” Norby, technical support manager for the Polk County Highway Department; and Bob Germer and John Morris, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Government innovation winners announced, August 5, 2014, La Follette School News
No awards given in 2013
- Kevin Shafer, executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
- Christine Lilek, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hydrogeologist
- Mark Van Oss, a mechanic in the village of Kimberly
Government innovation awards to be given today, May 7, 2012, La Follette School News