• 2015 Women in Public Service Award

    Now Accepting Nominations

    In 2012, the Hamline University public administration programs and Center for Public Administration and Leadership (CPAL) announced the creation of the “Women in Public Service Award.” This annual award is designed to recognize women who have made a lifetime commitment to serving the public good.

    The Hamline Women in Public Service conference planning committee is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Women in Public Service Award.

    Desyl Peterson, 2013 Women in Public Service Award Recipient

    WIPS: Desyl Peterson

    Desyl Peterson was Minnetonka’s full-time city attorney for more than 28 years, but her influence and commitment to public service extended beyond that city’s boundaries. Over the years, she trained countless newly elected city council members, planning commission members, and municipal employees throughout the state. Desyl acted as a mentor to other city attorneys, offering counsel and sharing ideas. Her innovative solutions to difficult legal issues were often copied. She also lent her time and expertise to other cities, facilitating two merger study commissions for four cities, successfully mediating a complex dispute between two others, and serving on the League of Minnesota Cities Board of Directors and the League’s Insurance Trust Board of Trustees. Desyl is a past recipient of the Public Attorney Award of Excellence from the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Distinguished Public Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

    Ruby Hunt, 2012 Women in Public Service Award Recipient

    WIPS: Ruby Hunt

    The first recipient of the award, Ruby Hunt, truly exemplifies the spirit the award is meant to convey. Ruby, a former St. Paul City Council Member and Ramsey County Commissioner has a deep passion for good governance and social justice. She was a quiet leader who played a vital role in such key actions as passing the St. Paul charter, establishment of the Ramsey County manager position, establishment of Regions Hospital and development of the central corridor transit system. Ruby dedicated her lifework to the common good and even in retirement continues to fight for good governance and social justice.

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