Awards & Recognition

City of Stockton employees are often recognized for their individual contributions to the City and their professions. The City also receives awards for projects, programs, and services provided to the public, plus positive recognition for the quality of life in our community.  We recognize and celebrate those accomplishments by sharing the information below.


The City of Stockton has been won the All-America City Award from the National Civic League in 1999, 2004, 2015, 2017 and 2018.  For more information about the award, please visit see External Links below.



February 2018 - Economic Development Department Receives CALED Award of Merit for Food and Agriculture Award 

The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) selected the City of Stockton Economic Development Department’s Food and Agriculture Action Plan for the Awards of Excellence Program, Award of Merit. The City’s Economic Development Department submitted the Food and Agriculture Action Plan, a roadmap for addressing food insecurity, policy, branding, workforce development, value-added manufacturing, and healthy food education. Read more in the CALED Award News Release.


January 2018 - Government Finance Officers Association - Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The City of Stockton was one of over 1,600 participants throughout North America honored by this recognition and prestigious award. Budget Officer Kimberly Trammel and the Budget Team earned this distinction for the current Fiscal Year 2017/18 Annual Budget. Read more in the GFOA News Release.



March 2017 -- Stockton Among Top 12 Cities to Launch Your Tech Startup

Verizon blog, Right Click, says, "Northern California’s fast-growing city of Stockton offers a unique blend of culture, history, and nature. It’s a top destination for tech-minded folks—but not just trendy digital companies. Condor Earth Technologies delivers tech-driven solutions for everything from chemical testing to construction. Weekend warriors, there’s more good news: Stockton is within driving distance of major destinations like Sacramento, San Francisco, and Yosemite."

Read more on Stockton's ranking in External Links below.


February 7, 2017 – Stockton 98th of Top 100 Best Places to Live in U.S. 

According to U.S. News & World Report, Stockton received an overall rating of 5.5 and is one of three Northern California cities to make the list. The revitalization of downtown is bringing new life to the city, which is home to a vibrant arts and growing small business artisans community.

Read more on Stockton's ranking in External Links below.


Employee Professional Awards - 2018 - 19

Lydia Clary, Deputy Director of Community Development

  • California Building Officials - Building Official of the Year
  • International Code Council - Raising the Profile Award

Gail Kiyomura, Deputy Director of Human Resources

  • Illinois State University, Katie School of Insurance
  • Spencer Educational Foundation's 2018-2019 Risk Manager in Residence

Connie Cochran, Community Relations Officer

  • Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), Public Relations Society of America Universal Accreditation Board (UAB)


Employee Professional Awards - 2017

Captain Antonio Sajor, Stockton Police Department

  • Center for Digital Government, Best of California Awards 2017
  • Demonstrated Excellence in Project Management Award
    • 9-1-1 System Upgrades, CAD and RMS

Employee Professional Awards - 2016 

Erie Luces, Information Technology Department

  • Center for Digital Government, Best of California Awards 2016
  • Outstanding IT Service and Support Award
    • Office 365 Implementation

Gretchen Olsen, Public Works Department

  • American Public Works Association
  • Manager of the Year 2016, Solid Waste Category
    • Leadership in the industry, Solid Waste Association of North America, and greater Sacramento Region

Christian Clegg, City Manager's Office

  • League of California Cities
  • 2016 John H. Nail Memorial Award
    • Extraordinary contribution during bankruptcy and implementation of the Marshall Plan on Crime



External Links

Stockton 98th of Top 100 Best Places to Live in U.S. -  U.S. News & World Report via KCRA News

Top 12 Cities to Launch Your Tech Startup - Verizon blog, Right Click

National Civic League

International Code Council

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 5/31/2019