Brookings Mayor Bob Hagbom has been named a recipient of the 2001 Oregon Mayors Association (OMA) Leadership Award.

During the organizations annual summer conference in Klamath Falls last week, Hagbom was honored for the award in the small cities category during a banquet and awards ceremony at the Reames Golf and Country Club.

Mayor Helen Berg of Corvallis received the Mayors Leadership Award for large cities. The two were chosen from a list of 14 nominees.

Hagbom is the first Brookings mayor to receive the OMA honor. He was also the first mayor from the community to serve on the organizations board of directors (1998-99).

The mayor expressed surprise and pride in having been selected for the leadership award.

I was not expecting anything like this, Hagbom said Monday. I am pleased and proud to receive this award.

I try to do as much as I can to improve the living circumstances of the entire population of the community.

Sometimes that can be frustrating. Sometimes you wonder how much you can really accomplish with all you do.

Among the achievements Hagbom finds most satisfying during his tenure with the city council, beginning in 1993, and as mayor, since 1999, are Azalea Park, Salmon Run golf course and the working relationships he has built with community agencies, the school district, the Port of Brookings Harbor, the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and state agencies.

If we had not cultivated the relationships we have (with the state), he said, we wouldnt have the golf course.

One of the things we have accomplished here, especially since (City Manager) Leroy (Blodgett) has been here, has been to establish a reputation as working hard with various state agencies, as well as local agencies.

Hagbom also takes pride in how area growth is being handled by the City of Brookings.

We have worked hard to accomplish our goals of improved economic and social conditions for the citizens of Brookings, he said.

We have enjoyed growth, and we pride ourselves in the fact it has been well-managed growth.

I am pleased, proud and honored to have received this honor, as well as surprised.

Hagbom was nominated by Blodgett and city staff.

Among the items listed on Hagboms nominating application submitted by the city staff are:

Involvement on 13 local, regional and state committees.

Salmon Run Golf Course andamp; Wildlife Refuge.

Focus on and advancements in community health care.

Involvement in successful city labor negotiations.

Coordinating efforts with local and state government entities.

Input and dedication to establishing the Urban Growth Boundary project.

Interest in providing a better life for the communitys youth.

Long-term commitment to the community.

Blodgett said Hagbom was an easy choice for the OAC Leadership Award.

He is well deserving, Blodgett said.

Ive worked in numerous communities and he seems to be one with a broad concern for the community, not just for one area like downtown or residential or industrial.

He cares about everyone seniors, youth, everyone.

The city manager finds Hagbom to be an outstanding example of an elected government official.

The time he puts in is remarkable, Blodgett said. Not just in the community, but with the state, the Legislature and the League of Oregon Cities.

As city manager, he sure makes my job a whole lot easier.

The Oregon Mayors Association is an affiliate of the League of Oregon Cities (LOC).

LOC Executive Director Dick Townsend had high praise for Hagbom.

Ive worked with Mayor Hagbom for a number of years, Townsend said. He provides exceptional leadership, has exceptional leadership qualities.

He has contributed in a lasting way to the community and is very involved in community affairs, as well as the state and region.

Bob is also very active and successful in intergovernmental relationships.

The annual Mayors Leadership Award was established in 1993 by the OMA board of directors.

The award recognizes the valuable contributions that mayors throughout Oregon make each year in their communities.