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Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors auditors who have made lasting and worthwhile contributions to local government auditing through their extraordinary service to ALGA.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Susan Nicewander

Susan Nicewander has dedicated her career to the establishment and advancement of ALGA. Susan served as the fifth President of ALGA (1993-1994) as well as a Board Member and Committee Chair throughout her career. Susan was one of the local government auditors who signed ALGA’s Charter at the first meeting in Philadelphia in 1989. Susan was the first Chair of the Standards Review Committee (now the Professional Issues Committee) and drafted the ALGA’s first position paper on professional issues affecting local government auditors. With Susan’s service to ALGA and the proven impact she has had on the organization, selecting her for this distinction recognizes an effective leader who created a great foundation for members and volunteers in ALGA.

Sherri Idle

Sherri Idle has been an integral member of ALGA’s leadership team for many years, serving as a Board Member, Treasurer, President, Committee Chair, and Committee Member throughout her distinguished career. Sherri also led ALGA in developing its first online benchmarking survey and first peer review training video. Not only has Sherri made numerous contributions to ALGA, but many of these contributions were made while running a one-person audit shop. Sherri embodies the ideal candidate for the Lifetime Achievement Award and we proudly recognize her and thank her for her many contributions.

Paula Ward

Paula Ward’s dedication to the local government auditing profession deserves far-reaching recognition. As the ALGA peer review committee’s red/orange coordinator, Paula has given numerous hours of support to organizations requesting peer reviews, ALGA members volunteering to be on the peer reviews, and to her peer review committee members. Paula’s diligence and leadership create a sense of enthusiasm that can be elusive in local government communities and her tireless work and dedication to the field of local government auditing personify the type of professional who deserves the respect, merit, and honor of ALGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

How to Nominate

ALGA will begin accepting new nominations in late 2020/early 2021. If have any questions, please contact Awards Chair Hannah Gardener. The following FAQ describes the Lifetime Achievement Award process and details.

Current ALGA members may nominate one person per year by submitting four items:

  1. The Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form, which will reopen in late 2020.
  2. A nomination letter briefly describing why the nominee should be considered for the award and specific examples of the nominee’s contributions to ALGA. If you believe any of the criteria (see next question) should be waived, the letter should include reasoning.
  3. Two letters of support from ALGA members not affiliated with the nominee's former audit organization.

Please upload the three letters as an unprotected PDF document(s) using the submission form.

For eligibility for the Lifetime Achievement Award a member must have:

  • been an active ALGA member for at least 10 years;
  • served ALGA as an Officer, Board Member, and/or Committee Chair;
  • made significant and specific contributions to ALGA; and
  • is no longer employed as a local government auditor or is imminently retiring.

The board may waive requirements at their discretion. As noted above, if you are proposing that the board waive any requirements for your nominee please include reasoning in your letter.

Award recipients are determined by a vote of ALGA’s Board of Directors. The committee reviews nominations to determine whether nominees meet the established criteria and makes a recommendation to ALGA’s Board based on the nominee’s merits.

Each award winner receives:
  • An award plaque presented during the ALGA Annual Conference;
  • Travel costs (airfare and hotel per policy) to the Annual Conference to receive their award;
  • Complimentary lifetime registration for the Annual Conference; and
  • Complimentary lifetime individual membership to ALGA.