Sam Mamet Good Governance Award

The Sam Mamet Good Governance Award, established in 2019 in honor of retired CML Executive Director Sam Mamet, honors an individual who exemplifies and seeks to expand the application of principles of good governance. 


2020 Recipient: Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers was named the first recipient of the Sam Mamet Good Governance Award during the CML Virtual Conference on Aug. 26, 2020. Find out more about why Mayor Suthers was chosen in the video below.

Other nominees

CML received 19 outstanding nominations for the inaugural Sam Mamet Good Governance Award.

Other nominees were:

  • Montezuma Mayor Lesley Davis 
  • Former Montrose Councilmember and Mayor Judy Ann Files  
  • Gunnison Mayor Jim Gelwicks 
  • Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar 
  • Superior Town Clerk Phyllis Hardin 
  • Grand Junction Police Department Advocacy Coordinator Mary Harmeling
  • Alamosa Finance Director Judy Kelloff 
  • Snowmass Village Town Manager Clint Kinney 
  • Former Woodland Park Mayor Neil Levy 
  • Center Town Manager Brian Lujan 
  • Basalt Town Manager Ryan Mahoney 
  • Hayden Town Manager Mathew Mendisco 
  • Lone Tree Mayor Jacqueline Millet 
  • Windsor Resident Debra Rojas 
  • Former Ward Mayor Karelle Scharff 
  • Retired City Manager Gary Sears 
  • Denver Legislative Director Skye Stuart 
  • Brush City Administrator Monty Torres