NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Civil Service League will honor the five recipients of this year’s Monte M. Lemann Award during a luncheon Friday, said Daniel E. Sullivan, executive vice president of the league.
The Monte M. Lemann Award is presented to individuals outside the state government’s classified civil service system who have made the greatest contribution to the advancement of the merit system of public employment in Louisiana.
The 47th annual awards luncheon will be held at noon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans.
Winners of the awards, which are given annually as a memorial to Monte M. Lemann, a leading defender of the merit civil service law in its formative years, are:
- Dana M. Douglas, of New Orleans. Douglas has been an asset to the New Orleans Civil Service Commission during the past seven years. She has been an important source of knowledge to the commission because of her legal background.
- Dr. William P. Galle Jr., of Slidell. Galle has been a member of the Slidell Civil Service Board since 2000 and has been a strong advocate of the civil service merit system in his decisions. He has helped ensure that the board members remain impartial and unbiased in their determinations.
- Marcel A. Lovelace, of Thibodaux. As chairman of the Lafourche Parish Civil Service Board, Lovelace has brought stability to the board through his experience with the Civil Service System and parish government.
- Daryl Purpera, of Baton Rouge. As the state legislative auditor, Purpera was a calming force during the recent legislative session. He was able to explain the financial dangers to the state posed by certain cost-saving measures.
- Daphne W. Yaun, of Lafayette. As chief personnel officer of LSU Interim Hospital, Yaun was both a valuable source of information and a liaison between the Civil Service System and the hospital. Her many years of service to Louisiana and knowledge of civil service have been assets to the hospital’s operation.
This year’s winners bring the total number of recipients to 228 since 1965.
Tickets to Friday’s luncheon are available at the Civil Service League’s New Orleans office by calling (504) 522-3875.