Natchioches, LA (KMSS) — Ruth T. Weinzettle, a professor of social work at Northwestern State University, will be one of five recipients of this year’s Monte M. Lemann Awards, presented annually by the Louisiana Civil Service League.
Also receiving the award on Friday in New Orleans are State Bond Commission Director Whitman J. Kling Jr., LASERS director Cindy Rougeou, Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete and New Orleans Civil Service Commission general counsel Gilbert R. Buras Jr.
The award is named in honor of Monte M. Lemann, who was a staunch defender of the merit civil service law, and is presented to individuals outside the classified civil service system who have made contributions to the advancement of the merit system of public employment in Louisiana.
Weinzettle served as a member of the Alexandria Civil Service Commission from 2004 to 2012. During her tenure, new pay and class plans were implemented, the separation of duties and responsibilities between Civil Service and Human Resources was completed, and major modifications to the Alexandria Civil Service Rules were implemented.
Weinzettle worked for the Office of Community Services for five years and at Family Counseling Agency in Alexandria for nine years. She taught at Louisiana College before joining Northwestern State’s faculty.
She has taught courses including human behavior in the social environment, generalist practice, understanding child abuse and neglect, social problems, social work research methods and field placement.