The Distinguished Deputy Award was established to recognize a deputy of a state chief administrator for outstanding contributions of the work of state administration. 


  • Nominees must currently serve as a deputy director or a member of the senior leadership/executive team of the Chief Administrator's Office. (state CAO not eligible)
  • All senior leaders and department staff are eligible to nominate a current deputy/senior leader. 
  • Nominees (i.e. the state) for this award must be current paid members of NASCA.


The Distinguished Deputy Award shall be awarded for either a single significant achievement or a career of accomplishments that have had a significant, positive impact on the award recipient’s state. 

  • In the case of a single achievement, the accomplishment must be a notable project which has had a major positive impact on the administration of the state.
  • In the case of a career of accomplishments, the career achievements must have had a cumulative significant positive impact on the administration of the state. 

Deadline: TBD 2022

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Past Recipients:


Debbie Dennis
Enterprise Goods and Services Administrator, Oregon

Shannon Ryan
Enterprise Asset Management Administrator, Oregon
2020 2019
Sandra Gill 

John Hull,
Deputy Director, 
Tennessee's Department of General Services

Sandra Gill, 
Deputy Director,
Virginia's Department of General Services