South Sound 911 Executive Director Andrew Neiditz was presented with the prestigious Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA) L. Joe Miller Award for Distinguished Public Service at the association’s summer conference last week. Neiditz is one of only nine recipients of the award, for which the recipient may only qualify for through a long career as a city or county manager or administrator, in addition to leadership experience within the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and WCMA.

Neiditz was the West Coast Regional Vice-President of ICMA from 2010 to 2013, was president of WCMA from 2007 to 2008, and has a long and distinguished career in local government within Pierce County.

Currently the first executive director of  South Sound 911, Neiditz was appointed in February 2013, after eight years as Lakewood city manager. Prior to that, he was the city administrator of Sumner from 1999 to 2005, and also served as Lakewood’s deputy city manager from 1996 to 1999. For Pierce County, Neiditz served as the executive director of public safety from 1993 to 1996 and deputy county executive from 1985 to 1993.

The WCMA award is named in honor of the late L. Joe Miller, longtime Bellevue city manager who is also considered one of the “founding fathers” of WCMA and was a past ICMA president.