Bellevue has received a Certificate of Distinction Award for its performance management program, Robert O'Neil, executive director of the International City/County Management Association, announced Wednesday.
Only two cites in Washington -- Bellevue and Vancouver -- received the coveted award.
"This is a tremendous honor, and one that recognizes our city's pioneering efforts in this field," City Manager Steve Sarkozy said.
In order to receive the ICMA Certificate of Distinction, cities must report performance data to elected officials and the public, and use this data in managing their jurisdictions.
Additionally, cities receiving the award must share performance measurement results with other governments.
The ICMA award is only given to jurisdictions that use performance data in their day-to-day management, budget and policy decisions. Fire and police response times, residents' satisfaction with their neighborhoods and utility delivery performance are some of the types of data compiled, utilized and reviewed regularly.
"Bellevue is recognized nationally as a high performing city," Sarkozy said. "By utilizing performance data that measure how we are delivering the many services that make a city work, we can more effectively manage resources for the good of residents and businesses."
Bellevue has been recognized for its long history of performance management and its leadership in the emerging field.
In addition to incorporating performance data into the budget and other decision-making processes, Bellevue reports its performance each year in an annual report.
The criteria for the Certificate of Distinction were determined by the ICMA Center for Performance Measurement and it leadership committee.
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