BEND, Ore. – The League of Oregon Cities’ (LOC) prestigious James C. Richards Memorial Award for 2011
was presented to Redmond Mayor George Endicott during the League’s 86th Annual Conference, held September 29 - October 1 in Bend. The award is given to elected city officials who serve the citizens of Oregon through an exceptional personal investment in intergovernmental affairs.
Endicott has served on the Redmond City Council since 2005 and was elected mayor in 2008. He is known for his commitment to regionalism and open government. His regional service includes the following organizations:
the South Redmond Collaborative Planning Group; the Higher Education Assessment Team of Central Oregon; the Central Oregon Cities Organization (“COCO”), which he currently chairs; the Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation; the Deschutes Water Alliance; and the Deschutes County Fair Board.
As part of his commitment to open government, Mayor Endicott personally addresses his community through a monthly letter in the city’s utility bill as well as regular addresses on important city issues on local radio and TV stations. These outreach efforts have paved the way for success of a number of city initiatives.
Mayor Endicott’s passion for building strong, positive relationships at all levels of government has led him to make numerous trips to the Capitol during legislative sessions to meet with legislators and testify in hearings. To provide a strong voice on issues of importance to Central Oregon residents, he participated in twice-monthly video conferences with local state legislators during the 2011 session. He has served on the board of directors of the League of Oregon Cities and the Oregon Mayors Association, and is currently chair of the Local Officials Advisory Committee to the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission and the League’s Community Development Policy Committee.