Prestigious MMA award goes to longtime Waldo selectman

Oct 05, 2017
Courtesy of: Maine House Majority Office Pictured with her daughter, Waldo town treasurer Kellie Littlefield Jacobs, left, is First Selectman Kathy Littlefield, honored Oct. 4 by Maine Municipal Association for 45 years of exemplary service to her municipality. Littlefield is the 31st recipient of the award.

Augusta — Maine Municipal Association presented its 2017 Ethel N. Kelley Memorial Award to Waldo First Selectman Katharine Littlefield Oct. 4 during the association's annual convention at Augusta Civic Center.

Billed on the MMA website as the association's "most prestigious award," the plaque presented to Littlefield recognizes her "exemplary service and lifetime achievements dedicated to the cause of good local government and selfless concern for others in the community."

Kathy Littlefield has been a Waldo selectman for the last 45 years and is the 31st recipient of the award. On hand for the presentation was her daughter, Kellie Littlefield Jacobs, who serves as Waldo town treasurer.

According to the MMA website, nominations for the award are made by elected and appointed municipal officials of the member municipality, accompanied by up to five supporting letters describing the nominee's exceptional contributions to local government. The letters are to be from local or state officials, business leaders and/or members of the community.

A panel of three association past presidents judges the nominees based on the letters and criteria that ask if the nominee:

  • Is dedicated to the cause of good local government.
  • Has conscientiously served local government and made this a lifetime achievement for 20 years or more.
  • Has demonstrated the capability and willingness to “Hold the Community Together.”
  • Has a selfless concern for others in their community.
  • Has not received full recognition for their service in local government.
  • Is currently serving or has retired in the past two years.

The award memorializes the late Ethel Kelley, who devoted 45 years of service to Maine Municipal Association, from its founding in 1936 until her death in 1981. Some have described her as the “cement” that held the organization together, particularly during World War II.

During those years, she served in many capacities. She virtually held every title and did every job in the association.

In celebration of MMA’s 50th anniversary in 1986, the association honored Ethel Kelley’s memory by recognizing other volunteer or employed municipal officials of the same character and dedication.



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