Contact: Bill Arnold, (414) 286-3285

Nominations for the 2017 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award are being accepted until the close of business on Friday, June 30, 2017.

The honor is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding city resident who best exemplifies Frank P. Zeidler’s legacy of social justice and civic accomplishment. The award was established by the Common Council in 2006, and city residents who are not elected officials are eligible for consideration. Last year’s winners were Rose Daitsman, a lifelong advocate for many human rights issues, and Andre Lee Ellis, an activist, community leader, and theatre director.

Milwaukee attorney Art Heitzer, chair of the award’s selection committee, said the committee welcomes nominations of worthy candidates for the Zeidler award from individuals or organizations. “We are fortunate that Milwaukee is rich with individuals from diverse communities who pay it forward and contribute their time and talent in remarkable ways to make our city a better place,” he said. “If you know of someone who fits that description, please nominate him or her for the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award by June 30th.”

The selection committee also includes Alderman Robert J. Bauman, activist Jack Murtaugh, historian John Gurda, lawyer Arthur Harrington of Godfrey & Kahn, civil rights activist and retired founder of the New Concept Self Development Center, Inc. — June Perry, and a representative of the Frank P. Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, Shelley Bruehling. 

2017 Zeidler Public Service Award

Nomination forms are now available on the city website or by contacting Joanna Polanco (414-286-2366 or  Anyone can nominate themselves or others, but nominees must be city residents who are not publicly-elected officials.

Please submit six copies of the nomination letter (three pages maximum) by June 30, 2017, along with the nominee’s resume and any supporting materials that would help the committee make its selection. Send to: Ms. Joanna Polanco, City Hall Room 205, 200 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.

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