The city of Lake Forest hopes to add a new name to the largely blank Lawrence R. Temple Distinguished Public Service Award plaque hanging in City Hall just outside the City Council Chambers.
For the first time in nearly a decade, the city this year will recognize a Lake Forest resident who demonstrates outstanding public service to the community.
Nominations for the 2014 Temple Award are due by Wednesday, Oct. 1.
The Temple Distinguished Public Service Award Committee, established by the City Council in June, will select the individual they believe best meets the stated mission of the award, “to honor a living volunteer in community organizations or local government in the City of Lake Forest for distinguished public service.”
The City Council appointed former Mayor James Cowhey Jr. as committee chairman and former aldermen Roger Mohr and Gail Hodges as well as former Lake Forest Caucus President Scott Helton as committee members.
Individuals selected for this award must demonstrate leadership, responsiveness to the public and staff, duration and scope of service, constructive participation in meetings and the ability to represent the community’s values, according to the nomination form.
Sitting elected officials and nominees for elected office in Lake Forest are not eligible and will not be considered.
Completed nomination forms should be mailed to Lake Forest City Hall, 220 East Deerpath, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045 or deposited in one of the city’s white drive-up boxes located in the East Train Station parking lot just off Deerpath, in the Telegraph Road Station parking lot and on Bank Lane north of Westminster Avenue next to the U.S. Post Office mailboxes.
The City Council in June approved Mayor Donald Schoenheider’s recommendation to establish a Public Service Award Committee to restart the defunct award, which was originally established in 2001.
Past recipients of the Temple Distinguished Public Service Award include former mayors Francis C. Farwell, Rhett Butler and James Swarthout, and former Alderman Herbert Faulks.
The Temple Award was first established in March 2001 in memory of the 24-year resident who died Aug. 12, 2000, at the age of 58.
Then-Mayor Howard Kerr said Temple “dedicated himself to making Lake Forest a better community” through nearly 20 years serving on the city’s Plan Commission, Building Review Board and as city alderman.
“Larry has left an enduring legacy of public service,” Kerr said.
Nomination forms are available at Lake Forest City Hall, 220 E. Deerpath, and online at www.cityoflakeforest.com in the News section.
Began: In 2001 in memory of Lawrence R. Temple, a sitting alderman who died a year earlier at the age of 58.
Past recipients: Former mayors Francis C. Farwell, Rhett Butler, James Swarthout and former Alderman Herbert Faulks.
Nominations due: Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Forms available: City Hall, 220 E. Deerpath or online at www.cityoflakeforest.com