The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) today recognized the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) for its commitment to data-driven government management and reporting with a Certificate of Achievement in Performance Management.

“Performance management is a bedrock principle of professional local government management,” ICMA Executive Director Marc A. Ott said. “As COVID-19’s impact on our communities lingers on, we hope that by recognizing these leaders, we are encouraging others to measure how well their organization is performing, and making a commitment to collect and analyze data, report it transparently, and use it to continously engage their communities and improve their organizations during these unprecedented times.”

Certificates are based on established criteria and are awarded at three levels. Achievement, Distinction, and the highest level of recognition, Excellence. Recipients at all levels collect and verify data to ensure reliability, train staff in performance measurement, and report data to the public through budgets, newsletters, and/or information provided to elected officials.

CMSD is among 16 jurisdictions receiving the Certificate of Achievement, and one of 60 recognized overall. A complete list of recipients and examples of programs that exemplify the certificate criteria appear on the Certificate Program page on the ICMA website.

ICMA will officially recognize recipients at its digital event, UNITE, from September 23-26. Criteria for the 2021 certificates will be announced in November 2020. Any local government may apply. For further information, contact Gerald Young at or (360) 689-9784.

About CMSD: Formed in 1944, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) is an independent special district that provides solid waste and wastewater collection services to a population of approximately 116,700 in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and unincorporated Orange County. For more information and the latest CMSD news, visit and follow CMSD on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. To get in touch with CMSD staff, email or call (949) 645-8400.

About ICMA: ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government management worldwide through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics. ICMA provides member support, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development to more than 12,000 appointed city, town, and county leaders and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA’s members affect millions of individuals living in thousands of communities throughout the world, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas.