City Manager John Caulfield Wins 'Award for Excellence'

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield has accomplished plenty in his first 11 months with the City.

On Thursday night, he received a major honor bestowed by his peers.

At the Washington City/County Management Association conference at Suncadia Resort, the organization recognized Caulfield with its Award for Excellence for his work with the City of Lakewood.

The award recognizes an outstanding administrator or manager who has enhanced the effectiveness of local elected officials and consistently initiated creative and successful programs.

Caulfield not only learned that he received the award Thursday night, but one of his mentors – former University Place City Manager Bob Jean – presented it to him. Caulfield served as University Place Deputy City Manager, Community and Economic Development Director and Finance Director under Jean from 1997 to 2006. He then was hired as City Manager at Mountlake Terrace in Snohomish County, where he served until 2013, when he was appointed as Lakewood City Manager by the City Council in September of that year.

The former U.S. Army Ranger was nominated for his focus, work ethic and leadership that has helped him energize the City of Lakewood. Some examples:

  • A public “Listening Tour” that led to refined City Council goals and objectives
  • Building a communication system that consistently informs the City Council and community
  • Translating City finances into numbers the City Council and community understand
  • Creating and implementing a comprehensive legislative strategy to enhance Lakewood’s position as a regional leader

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson congratulated Caulfield on Friday.

"The news of John winning the Award for Excellence brings a great deal of pride to the City Council, our team at the City and our community,” Anderson said. “It also reinforces, quite emphatically, that John was the right person for the job. We are lucky to have him and are eagerly looking forward to what he and his team will continue to accomplish.”