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Carrollton City Manager Recognized For Outstanding Work
Posted Date: 7/14/2014 8:00 AM

City ManagerCity of Carrollton City Manager Leonard Martin was awarded the 2014 William J. Pitstick Regional
Excellence Award from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for his work in Texas regional government over the past 14 years.

The award is given to an individual who has regularly promoted strong, representative local government and a spirit of regionalism in solving multi-jurisdictional problems. The nomination was a joint effort from the offices of the Carrollton Assistant City Manager, Mayor, and Director of Managed Competition, as well as the City Manager of The Colony and the Executive Director of Texas Municipal League-Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool (TML-IEBP).

“Leonard's service to Carrollton and our region has been excellent,” said Mayor Matthew Marchant. “He is a visionary with a hunger for good government and this award recognizes his years of hard work and achievement.”

Martin was surprised with the accolade at the NCTCOG General Assembly Meeting on Friday, June 20 in Hurst.

“The NCTCOG wanted the award to be a surprise so it took a little scheming to get him there without him being suspicious,” Assistant City Manager Erin Rinehart said. “He was completely surprised and humbled to receive the award. He accepted it graciously and thanked the City Council for their vision and leadership and the talented City staff for their work.”

Rinehart added that Martin did grumble a little that he didn’t get to wear jeans on a Friday since he had to attend the meeting, but that he was a good sport about it.

All kidding aside, Martin has dedicated his 40-year career to the field of city management in four states and six cities. His contributions to the City of Carrollton, the metroplex, and the state of Texas for the past 14 years have been immeasurable.

Martin has played a key role in numerous regional efforts such as a shared Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system with the City of Grand Prairie and the City of Arlington, a partnership in the delivery of fleet maintenance with the Town of Addison, a coordinated effort in the purchase of public safety radio equipment with the Town of Addison, the City of Farmers Branch, and the City of Coppell, and a regional dispatch approach to provide critical public safety efforts.

“As you can imagine, it is quite challenging to bring multiple entities together to complete such intricate and critical collaborations,” Rinehart said. “However, Leonard has been one of the driving forces in the success of these joint ventures.”

Rinehart went on to say that Martin also has been a leader in coordinating employee benefits and health plan administration. In 2006, recognizing the rising trend of health care costs in city government, Martin worked to coordinate the statewide approach to cooperative benefit purchasing by joining the purchasing efforts of cities, counties, and school districts.

He was integral in creating the Public Employee Benefit Alliance (PEBA) and continues as the chairman of the organization today. This effort has since spread and is a national group, saving government entities millions in benefit costs annually.

“Leonard Martin is unconventional in his approach at solving regional, local, and organizational problems through innovative solutions, a desire to cooperate with regional partners and stakeholders, and his intense drive for improvement,” Rinehart said.

When asked about the award, Martin simply said, “While my name may be on the plaque, in reality, it is recognition of a team of elected officials and employees who have embraced responsible risk-taking to provide the most cost-effective services irrespective of city boundaries. Teams, not individuals, produce positive outcomes.”

For more information on Martin and all City efforts in keeping Carrollton a leader in improving government operations and saving taxpayers money, visit cityofcarrollton.com. For more information on the NCTCOG, visit nctcog.org.