Mission Hills City Administrator becomes first woman to win prestigious award for Kansas public managers

A longtime northeast Johnson County public administrator has become the first woman to win the Kansas Association of City/County Management’s top honor.

Courtney Christensen, who has served as Mission Hills city administrator since 2000, found out at the association’s annual awards luncheon last month that she was the 2016 recipient of the Buford M. Watson, Jr., Award for Excellence in Public Management, which has been given annually for 28 years and is named for a former city manager of Lawrence. Christensen said she was shocked and honored to hear the luncheon emcee call her name for the award.

(Read more: Prairie Village Post)