The Citizens Recognition Awards recognize Fort Lauderdale citizens whose efforts and achievements foster civic pride and responsibility, encourage public service, promote an appreciation of the City's heritage, and significantly contribute to the development of this community. Since the program’s inception in 1972, Fort Lauderdale has recognized more than 130 outstanding citizens.
2018 Citizens Recognition Awards Honorees
| 2018 Exemplary City Employee
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- 1972: The Citizens Recognition Program was initiated.
- 1984: The Citizens Recognition Program was amended to include Citizen of the Year and Distinguished Citizen awards.
- 1989: The Honored Founder category was added to the program (effective 1990).
- 1997: The Exemplary Former City Employee category was added to the program.
Citizen of the Year
The Citizen of the Year award is for that person who, in the opinion of the Committee and the City Commission, has made the greatest contribution to the community in the current year. The Citizen of the Year must be a Fort Lauderdale resident.
The Distinguished Citizen award is given to that resident of the community who has contributed to the
development of Fort Lauderdale over a number of years (i.e., a pioneer).
The Honored Founder award is for a courageous citizen who prepared the way for future growth and
harmony in Fort Lauderdale.
Exemplary Former City Employee
The Exemplary Former City Employee award recognizes a former City employee who has served the citizens of Fort Lauderdale for a significant number of years and whose service has made a significant impact on
the development and quality of life for the community. This person may be retired, deceased or separated from the City.
Each year, the Citizens Committee of Recognition - consisting of all former Mayors of Fort Lauderdale, as well as one former City Commissioner, two former honorees, and the President of the Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations or his/her designee -reviews nominations and provides their recommendations for the four annual awards to the City Commission for approval. Members of the Citizens Committee of Recognition include:
James Naugle, Former Mayor
John P. "Jack" Seiler, Former Mayor, Chairperson
John Rodstrom, Former Commissioner
Mary C. Fertig, Former Honoree
Ina Lee, Former Honoree
Michael Albetta, Fort Lauderdale Council of Civic Associations Representative
Read Citizens Committee of Recognition meeting agendas and minutes.
Past Honoree Presentation Videos
|Year||Citizen of the Year||Distinguished Citizen||Honored Founder||Exemplary Former City Employee|
|2015||Sharon Major-Hughes||Donald Singer||Stanford K. Smoker||Greg Brewton|
|2016||Charles A. "Chuck" Black||Michael C. Weymouth||Dr. James Franklin Sistrunk||Ava Bradley Moore|
|John F. Fuhrer|
|2017||Mary C. Fertig||Ronald J. Centamore||Terry Stiles||Freddie "Gene"Dempsey|
Citizens Recognition Awards 2018 Honorees
Updated on March 21, 2019 12:44 AM
The City of Fort Lauderdale Citizens Recognition Program was established in 1972 to give public recognition to citizens who contributed to the development of this community in significant ways. This album contains photos from the 2018 Citizens Recognition Awards event, held , February 28, 2019, where the City honored four outstanding citizens: Jo Ann Smith, Citizen of the Year; Ramola and the late Ramesh "Bob" Motwani, Honored Founders, Mike Jackson, Distinguished Citizen, and Frank Adderley, Exemplary Former Employee.