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National Public Service Awards Recognize Model Public Servants

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two nationally

recognized city managers and the CEO of the corporation responsible

for public transportation in New York State are this year's recipients

of the National Public Service Awards (NPSA). The awardees will be

honored March 17 at the American Society for Public Administration

(ASPA) National Conference in Washington, DC.

ASPA and the National Academy of Public Administration established the

NPSA in 1983 to honor leaders at every level of government who have

made outstanding and lasting contributions to the public service.

These individuals exhibit the highest standards of excellence,

dedication and accomplishment.

The 2014 NPSAs will be presented to Ronald Bates, city manager of Pico

Rivera, California; Thomas Prendergast, chairman and CEO of the

Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York; and John Shirey,

city manager of Sacramento, California. Each recipient has dedicated

more than three decades to public service.

Appointed as Pico Rivera city manager in February 2011, Ronald Bates

has spent most of his career in southern California. He began his

public service as administrative assistant for the City of Los Angeles

before being promoted to administrative analyst in 1972. He worked for

the County of Orange in 1973 as budget director and became assistant

director of general services in 1975. His first city manager position

was with Buena Park, California, where he served until 1984 when he

was appointed Anaheim assistant city manager.

Bates worked for several years in the private sector as a financial

consultant before returning to public management. He served on the Los

Alamitos City Council and was president of the League of California

Cities and the Southern California Association of Governments.

Thomas Prendergast is a career public transportation professional with

more than 35 years in the public and private sectors. As chairman and

CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, he is a recognized

leader in the industry. Prendergast began his career at the Chicago

Transit Authority before moving to Washington, DC and then New York

City. He led major transportation initiatives in these cities.

Prendergast has spent most of his career in New York, and has served

as President of the Long Island Rail Road as well as New York City

Transit. These are the largest commuter rail and bus and rail agencies

in the U.S. In April 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated him to

serve as MTA chairman and CEO.

A longtime ASPA member and NAPA Fellow, John Shirey has dedicated most

of his 40 years in public service to local government. As city manager

for Sacramento, California, Shirey has focused his attention on

stabilizing the city's finances, expanding its economic opportunities,

and improving public safety. Prior to his appointment, Shirey was

executive director of the California Redevelopment Association for

nine years. He also served as city manager for the City of Cincinnati,

assistant city manager for the City of Long Beach, and assistant chief

administrative officer for Los Angeles County.

Shirey is a well-known advocate for developing other leaders and

advancing intergovernmental policies and practices. His work has had a

profoundly constructive influence and he is frequently called upon to

speak on public administration, economic development and redevelopment


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