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ASPA announces 2012 Doubenmier and Public Service Awards

The Kern County Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) recently honored three recipients during its annual Doubenmier and Public Service Awards. These awards are presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in public service, either over the past year (Doubenmier) or over a lifetime (Public Service).

Michael Walters, Owner, Dagny’s Coffee House, and Tom Corson, Executive Director, Kern County Network for Children, are the joint 2012 Doubenmier Award winners. Walters and Corson are being honored for their work creating, funding, and implementing the Dream Center and Coffee House, which assist current and former foster youth in transitioning to independence and self-sufficiency.

Dr. Hans E. Einstein received the Public Service Award for his 61 years of service to Kern County providing longstanding dedication to the advancement of medicine, especially in the treatment of tuberculosis, AIDS, and San Joaquin Valley Fever. He helped found the Valley Fever Research Foundation and the Rotary Club’s Valley Fever Americas Foundation. 

Previous Doubenmier recipients have included Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy, and County Administrative Officer John Nilon, Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall and former County Counsel Bernard Barmann.

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