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Frank P. Zeidler (1912-2006) spent his life as a public servant. Although he was best known as Milwaukee’s mayor from 1948 to 1960, Zeidler served even longer in his unpaid capacities: as a civic activist, local historian, churchman, Socialist Party leader and conscience of the community. He was a tireless advocate for social justice and equal opportunity and a champion of mutual respect and cooperation as the keys to both world peace and civic unity. Government, in his view, was a sacred public enterprise whose goal was the greatest public good. Frank Zeidler was a citizen in the deepest sense of the word: someone who identified his welfare with the welfare of the world around him and never stopped working for its betterment.
The honor is awarded annually recognizing city residents who best exemplify Frank P. Zeidler’s legacy of social justice and civic accomplishment. The award was established by the Common Council for city residents with the exception of elected officials.
Nominations are currently being sought for this year's award, and will be due on July 12, 2019.
2018 - Calvin Shields and Michael Rosen
2017 - Jesús Salas and Reggie Jackson
2016 - Rose Daitsman and Andre Lee Ellis
2015 - Dr. Luis "Tony" Báez
2014 - Kenneth "Ken" Germanson
2013 - Reuben and Mildred Harpole
2012 - Edward Anthony Green
2011 - Antonio M. Perez
2010 - Joseph and Joyce Ellwanger
2008 - Jack and Lucia Murtaugh
May 17 Nominees sought for 2015 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award
Jun. 17 Last chance to submit nominees for the 2014 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award
Apr. 22 Nominees sought for 2014 Frank P.Zeidler Public Service Award
Aug. 27 Harpoles to receive 2013 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award
June 4 Nominees sought for 2013 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award
Sept. 21 Green Named 2012 Winner of Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award
June 14 Nominees sought for 2012 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award
Sept. 12 Pérez Named 2011 Winner of Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award
June 3 MEDIA ADVISORY: Deadline Approaches to Nominate for Zeidler Public Service Award
Mar. 30 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award 2011 Nominees Sought
Mar. 18 MEDIA ADVISORY: Labor Historian to Deliver Zeidler Lecture on Importance of Public Sector Unions
Nov. 22 2010 Frank P. Zeidler Award Winners Announced
Mar. 12 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award 2010 Nominees Sought
Apr. 21 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award Nominees Sought
July 17 Inaugural Frank P. Zeidler Award Winners Announced
Sept. 18 Honoring the Legacy of Former Milwaukee Mayor Frank P. Zeidler
Joanna Polanco - City Clerk’s Office
City Hall, Room 205
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Frank P. Zeidler Public Service
Award Selection Committee
Chair - Ald. Robert Bauman
Vice Chair - Art Heitzer
June Martin Perry
View agendas and meeting dates in Legistar.
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