Will County honors Land Use for Public Integrity Award win
JOLIET – Will County Executive Larry Walsh and the County Board honored the Land Use Department March 15 for winning the 2012 American Society for Public Administration’s Public Integrity Award.
The recognition was given during the County Board’s regular monthly meeting. The award was presented to Land Use Director Curt Paddock during ASPA’s annual award ceremony on March 6.
“Curt, when you were recruited to be the Land Use Department director, we had several discussions about goals for the department,” said Walsh. “The top priority was -- and remains -- to always make sure that our Land Use Department’s personnel service the public with openness, transparency and complete honesty.
“I have always known that this goal has been the daily focus and concern of you and the Land Use team. It is wonderful to see that faith and confidence in the Department’s efforts acknowledged and recognized nationally by an organization as prestigious as the American Society or Public Administration.”
Commissioner Tom Weigel, chairman of the County Board’s Land Use and Development Committee, said, “The Society’s Public Integrity Award is made to the nominated governmental agency which has been judged to have made the greatest contribution to promoting and demonstrating ethical performance within the public service.
“The citation accompanying the Public Integrity Award’s presentation to the Land Use Department made particular note of the Department’s creation of explicit Service Ideals, a Customer Service Promise Statement and various other initiatives meant to ensure the transparency of the Department’s operations and its accountability to all whom its personnel serve.”
Paddock thanked the County Executive and the Board, as well as the many members of his staff in attendance, for the honor, comparing the foundation upon which his department operates to the National Cathedral damaged by an earthquake in August 2011.
Intricate stone carvings were knocked from the Cathedral’s towers, leaving many to wonder if the cherished church could be restored.
“Fortunately, the Nation soon learned that the cathedral’s architect and dedicated builders had given as much attention to the quality of the cathedral’s foundation as to its towers. The cathedral’s design was based on constant consideration for the linkages between and among the foundation, the walls, the towers, the wholeness and the integrity of the entire structure. Because the structural integrity of the foundation was secure, rebuilding of the towers and their ornamentation could begin again with renewed confidence that the lofty aspirations of the past could and would endure into the future.
“Much like our National Cathedral’s foundation, the ethical values that undergird our understanding of public service are the solid basis and bedrock of our integrity. As long as we guard and protect our integrity, our ethical foundation, we can and should hope to see progress toward eventual attainment of the towering aspirations we and our fellow citizens hold for the future of Will County, our national life and democratic society.”
ASPA is the nation’s oldest and most distinguished scholarly and professional association devoted to the advancement of the art and science of public administration at all levels of government.
For additional information about the Will County Land Use Department, go to www.willcountylanduse.com.