2017 Award Winners
2017 Jay T. Bell Professional Management Award Winner
City of Platte City
DJ Gehrt, city administrator for Platte City, was chosen as the 2017 Jay T. Bell Professional Management Award by the Missouri City/County Management Association (MCMA). Gehrt received the award at the Association’s spring conference awards banquet in May at Camden on the Lake Resort in Lake Ozark. The award recognizes a member’s outstanding commitment to the profession of local government management. The award is the Association’s highest honor for its members.
MCMA established the Jay T. Bell Professional Management Award in honor of Jay T. Bell, who served as executive director of the Missouri Municipal League from 1965 until 1981. The award recognizes public service that displays the same high standards of accomplishment, professionalism and ethical conduct. Bell felt strongly that the professionalism exemplified by city managers and administrators was an essential part of good governance.
Gehrt has served the city of Platte City since 2011. He served as Marine Corps infantry officer for 8 years prior to entering the local government profession. He has more than 25 years of local government experience, including 15 years as a chief executive officer and nearly two years as the resident local government advisor for 14 provinces in Afghanistan. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and is an ICMA credentialed manager. Gehrt is currently vice president of the MCMA Board and is also a member of the Missouri Municipal League (MML) Board of Directors.
Gehrt has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Louis University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Virginia.
2017 Richard R. Noll Outstanding Assistant Award
Assistant City Manager
City of Maplewood
Anthony Traxler, assistant city manager and director of public works with the city of Maplewood, was chosen as the 2017 Richard R. Noll Outstanding Assistant Award by the Missouri City/County Management Association (MCMA). Traxler received the award at the Association’s spring conference awards banquet in May at Camden on the Lake Resort in Lake Ozark. The recipient must hold an administrative position that is responsible for assisting the chief administrative officer in carrying out various administrative duties and other responsibilities.
Traxler has served Maplewood in his dual capacity of assistant city manager and director of public works since 2008. Prior to that, he served four years as assistant to the city manager. Traxler has been instrumental in upgrading the City’s planning and zoning process. He is credited with restructuring the city’s business license process to the benefit of both applicants and city staff.
Traxler has served as chairman of the City’s Safety Committee, Block Party Committee and is the staff liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Board of Adjustment. He serves as the City’s zoning administrator and manages the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Traxler has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning and a Master’s in Public Administration.