Excellence in Equity Award

Nomination Form The Excellence in Equity Award recognizes individuals that impact the public sector field in Ottawa County and focus on the importance of equity through their practices, programs, policies and decision making. Previous nominees and winners are allowed to be re-nominated. The Excellence in Equity Award is given at the annual Diversity Forum.

2022 Excellence in Equity Award

Katie Sims, Ottawa County Elections Coordinator, was honored last week at the Ottawa County Diversity Forum with the Excellence in Equity Award. The award bestowed by event organizers recognizes public sector employees in Ottawa County who implement equity within their practices, programs, policies and decision making.

Katie has been with the Ottawa County Clerk's office for six years. She was brought aboard as an elections intern in October of 2016. Sims later became full time with the office as a Clerk-Register of Deeds Specialist. In 2021, Katie was promoted to Elections Coordinator. In this role, her unwavering dedication to accessible and transparent elections earned her the Excellence in Equity Award from Ottawa County.

  • Katie is passionate about inmates' rights to vote, and she has forged a partnership with the Ottawa County Sherriff's Office to ensure this population has access to voting.
  • Katie was a pioneer in securing and publicizing Ottawa County's accessible voting machines, known as the voter, assist terminal.
  • Educating voters about all their options to cast a secret ballot is of utmost importance for Sims.
  • Katie speaks Spanish and is giving customers and candidates the resources that are needed to help them with their voting needs; recognizing language is part of accessibility.
2021 Excellence in Equity Award Recipient, Sandra Lake
2021 Excellence in Equity Award Recipient, Sandra Lake

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Past Recipients

2021 Excellence in Equity Award Recipient, SANDRA LAKE
2021 Excellence in Equity Award Recipient, Sandra Lake

2020 Excellence in Equity Award Recipient, Esther Fifelski
2020 Excellence in Equity Award Recipient, Esther Fifelski

2019 Excellence in Equity Award Recipient, Reyna Masko
2019 Excellence in Equity Award Recipient, Reyna Masko