Pettis County Public Administrator Charli Ackerman was recently presented with a prestigious award this past April 25 at the Public Administrator Convention in Boonville, Missouri.
Ackerman was surprised with the Public Administrator of the Year Award during the convention.
“I was just totally shocked. I am very honored,” Ackerman said.
She added, “It is always a surprise at our convention. Sometime during the convention they surprise the public administrator of the year. They do it at different times so nobody expects it.”
Ackerman was asked how they surprised her at the convention with the award.
“I actually started the first website for the public administrators. They had me up on the podium to talk about the website.
“I noticed our presiding commissioner (John Meehan) come sit down at a table up front. I thought what was he doing here. I realized something was up, then Judge Beard, Jane Kelley, Betty Hickam, Carla Eding from Buckley Law Firm, and my wonderful family.
“The biggest surprise was my son from out of state, his wife, and my grand baby came to see me receive the award,” Ackerman said.
Ackerman was asked what being a public administrator entails.
“We are court appointed through the probate court to help individuals who cannot take care of themselves, and who have no one else. That is very important. We are appointed as their guardian,” Ackerman said.
She added, “The responsibilities of the public administrator is very important, and I couldn’t do it without my staff, my family, and people in the community that help me.” Submitted photo.