The Hudson EMS and Hudson Police Department each received "Voice of the People Awards" at the 99th annual International City/County Management Association conference in Boston Sept. 23.
The awards were based on the results of Hudson's 2012 Citizen Survey, conducted by the National Research Center Inc.
The citizen survey is a tool that enables local governments to gather high-value citizen data to inform budgeting, goal setting, performance measurement, and program planning at a low cost. This is the seventh year that ICMA and NRC presented the voice of the people awards.
According to Hudson Communications Manager Jody Roberts, Hudson EMS received the voice of the people award for excellence. This honor is based on a service quality rating that was in the top three among all eligible jurisdictions in 2012 and in the top 10 percent among more than 500 jurisdictions in national citizen surveys. This was the second voice of the people award for HEMS which has shown continued excellence. They had previously won in 2005, the last time Hudson participated in the survey.
The Hudson Police Department earned the voice of the people award for transformation. This distinction is based on a service quality rating improvement since 2005 that was larger than improvements shown in all other eligible jurisdictions.