2018 Excellence in Municipal Government Award awarded to Mike Wendland

“The following was read by David Owen, President, South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry when presenting the Award.”


Our Excellence in Municipal Government Award Winner this year is someone who has fostered the success of their city in many ways – from attracting new businesses, to building new community facilities, to creating opportunities for visitors to come to the city.

The definition of excellence is “the quality of being outstanding or extremely good”. In the many years this person has served his city, he has made a positive impact on so many people and projects. As his nomination stated, “He is a significant reason why our city continues to experience the success it does. I cannot think of a person more deserving of the Excellence in Municipal Government Award. Excellence is what he does; he does quality work and is an outstanding leader. His passion for his city and city government is contagious. He inspires excellence in all of us.”

As mayor, this person has been a mentor, confidant, and educator to members of the council and staff.  This person makes himself available to every community member and values all ideas, opinions, and constructive criticism. He always takes the time to listen to an idea, ask thought- provoking question, and work to develop a plan to make things happen to benefit the city – both long and short term.

Our winner has been active regionally in municipal and government groups; has served as a volunteer firefighter and a member of the long range planning committee for the school district, and was awarded the Booster of the Year award for his community.

He has also been very active in the SD Municipal League, serving on policy committees, as a district chair, and most recently, as President of the Board.

Please join us in congratulating Mike Wendland of Baltic as the 2018 winner of the Excellence in Municipal Government Award.

Story was originally published in the November 2018 issue of South Dakota Municipalities

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