Each recipient has dedicated more than three decades to public service. The awardees will be honored March 17 at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) National Conference in Washington, D.C.
ASPA and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) established the award 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.
Appointed as Pico Rivera city manager in February 2011, 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 Orange County in 1973 as budget director and became assistant director of general services in 1975. His first city manager position was with Buena Park, 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 the Southern California Association of Governments. From 1996 to 1998, Bates also served as League of California Cities president.
A longtime ASPA member and NAPA Fellow, Shirey has dedicated most of his 40 years in public service to local government. As Sacramento city manager, 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 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 issues.