The Iowa League of Cities created the Rhonda Wood Smith Award to recognize exemplary work of young city officials and those new to city government. The intent of the award is to encourage and affirm participation in local government by young people who may make greater sacrifice for public service due to significant career and family commitments. Rhonda Wood Smith was such a civic-minded young person. A single parent, working as a municipal consultant with Simmering-Cory, Inc., Smith was elected mayor of Garner in November 1993 and served in that capacity until January 1, 1997, when she resigned due to poor health. She died January 15, 1997, of cancer.
Elected city officials, age 40 or younger, or serving as a city official for the first time are eligible for the award. Appointed officials, age 40 or younger, or just entering public service, will also be considered.
Innovation. The degree to which the individual demonstrates originality in approach or application in solving a community problem. This could be utilization of technology or application of theory and practice in a novel way.
Bold leadership. The degree to which the individual demonstrates leadership in overcoming obstacles and taking risks in order to better the community.
Commitment. The degree to which the individual demonstrates commitment to the community and the state.
Sacrifice. The degree to which the individual gives time and talent to better the community.
The League Awards Committee will nominate an individual for the Rhonda Wood Smith Award. The nomination is submitted to the League Executive Board for ratification.