District 1 Councilwoman Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell is the recent recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Public Service Practitioner Award. She was presented with the award during the City Council’s regular meeting on May 28 by representatives from the Georgia Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
“I am humbled to receive the award,” said Councilwoman Rowell. “I will continue to work diligently to advance our city by supporting transparency initiatives and focusing on economic development and improving public safety, so we improve the business climate for entrepreneurs and small businesses and the quality of life for residents.”
The ASPA award is given to individuals who have sustained outstanding achievement and contributions to public administration and public service through applied practice in the field.
“Dr. Foster-Rowell was selected for her contributions in leadership, innovation, and operational excellence,” said Dr. Tanya Brinkley, president of ASPA-GA. “As a colleague, I am inspired by Dr. Foster-Rowell’s calm demeanor and her dedication to her constituents, informing them with detailed information on a regular basis.”
“We know that she is an extremely dedicated public servant and she has done well in her capacity as the Councilwoman for District 1,” said Dr. Kristie Roberts-Lewis, vice president, president-elect of ASPA-GA.
The Distinguished Public Service Award was also presented to Councilwoman Rowell at the ASPA-GA Statewide Conference at Point University in Peachtree City, Ga. in March of this year where Rowell moderated a panel discussion about the opportunities and challenges of creating the City of South Fulton. Mayor William “Bill” Edwards, City Manager Odie Donald II and Police Chief Keith Meadows also served as panelists.