Murrieta City Manager Kim Summers Receives Ethical Hero Award

Murrieta City Manager Kim Summers has received the 2020 Ethical Hero Award from the California Affiliation of the International City Management Association (Cal-ICMA). The award is presented each year to local government professionals who lead with “dignity, honor and integrity and have demonstrated exceptional ethics while carrying out their duties in local government.” The ICMA established the award after the 2010 scandal in Bell.

Summers has made transparency and accountability a cornerstone of her management style. Under her leadership, the city created a new financial transparency portal that allows the public to access all sorts of financial data and to keep track of city budgeting and expenditures. Summers also launched the City's first Organizational Values Initiative, “an employee-driven reflection on values essential for high-quality municipal services.” A new AIDE Team (acceptance, inclusion, diversity, and equity) helps the city identify strengths and weaknesses in order to foster a tolerant and inclusive work environment.

“Kim leads by example," Murrieta Mayor Scott Vinton said in a statement. “It's who she is as a City Manager and an individual, and we are a stronger organization because of it. Whether we are launching a new program, addressing a crisis, or managing day-to-day operations, Kim deeply values openness, connection, and integrity. This type of leadership comes from within, and I cannot think of a more worthy recipient for this honor."