4th Annual Celebration of Public Service

The Center for Public Service aspires to enhance the legitimacy of - and citizen trust in - public service institutions and the people who work in them.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2019  5:00–6:30pm

Location: Hoffmann Hall, Portland State University


Thank You for Another Successful Celebration!





Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the 4th Annual Celebration of Public Service event Saturday, April 28th from 5:00-6:30pm in PSU's Hoffmann Hall. We were delighted to have you join us for this special event, which included


  • Honoring our 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients’ lasting contributions to public service excellence, when we recognized Delores “Dee” Pigsley and Jennie Messmer;
  • Listening to inspiring words from our guest speakers, Laura Robinson, Northwest Power and Conservation Council Program Liaison Coordinator, and Nathan Rix, Oregon Department of Human Services Executive Projects Director, as they shared their stories of public service; and
  • Celebrating the “passing of the torch” as we recognized the lead faculty and staff who contribute to the success of the Center for Public Service’s legacy programs, during our Torch Awards ceremony.

We appreciate your work, your support of the Center for Public Service, and your engagement in uniting, innovating, and transforming public service.


We look forward to seeing you at future Center events!


Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

Delores "Dee" Pigsley

Honorable Delores "Dee" Pigsley, Lifetime Achievement Award WinnerHonorable Chair Pigsley began her public service career soon after the Siletz Tribal nation -- with the help of Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield -- was reinstated by the federal government. Her 38 years on the Siletz tribal council has included 32 as Tribal Chair -- a record unmatched in Oregon Indian Country. She has been a tribal delegate to the National Congress of American Indians and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and served as Chair of the Oregon Legislative Commission on Indian Services. Honorable Pigsley's public service career also included 24 years working for the federal Social Security Administration in Salem, where she rose to the job of Operations Supervisor before her 1998 retirement.



Jennie Messmer

Jennie Messmer, who passed away earlier this spring, led a lifetime of public service work and outreach focused on Oregon's local government. She was an Assistant City Manager/Finance Director in Klamath Falls; served as Executive Director of both the Local Government Personnel Institute and the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments; and stepped in whenever needed to serve as an interim city manager in a number communities, including Wheeler and Cannon Beach. Messmer's' most visible role was as Member Services Director for the Oregon League of Cities, where she traveled throughout Oregon to assist cities, large and small, and worked closely with our many PSU graduate students to advise and mentor them.


Previous Years

2018 Unite Innovate Transform

2017 Honoring Dr. Craig Shinn's Lifetime Contributions to Conciliatory Governance

2016 Inspire the Future

2015 40 Years of Public Service


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