Citizen of the Year

Each year the Citizen of the Year Committee seeks nominations from the community of people who could be selected as Novato Citizen of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year is always a well kept Novato secret until the night of Novato’s Birthday Party. The 2019 Citizen of the Year will be announced during Novato’s Birthday Party at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging on Friday January 31, 2020.

We hope YOU will join us for this “Evening of History and Tradition” celebrating the City’s Birthday!

Novato Citizen of the Year 2018
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Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year 2018

Phil Brown, Novato Citizen of the Year 2018Phil Brown arrived in Novato in 1974 to serve as city manager. It was the year Hamilton Air Force Base was decommissioned and the downtown area was adjusting to the new Highway 101 bypass that diverted traveler dollars from local businesses. The city population was on a rapid trajectory, and residents needed more services from the city, special districts, nonprofits, and businesses.

Brown steered the city through that rapid-growth period until he retired in 1992. For all he did during those years, but mostly for his volunteer contributions then and thereafter, Brown was honored as the 2018 Novato Citizen of the Year.

At the city offices, his legacy was his introduction of team management, organizational development, and reaching consensus on key issues. He was known as a great mentor who encouraged and supported his staff.

Brown assisted with the Novato Financial Authority Board, the Friends of the Novato Youth Center, the Novato History Museum, the Hamilton Field Military Museum, and many other nonprofits. In 2013, he was inducted into the Rotary International Hall of Fame in recognition of his 50 years of service.

Want to nominate someone?

Do you know anyone who might qualify for Citizen of the Year? Don’t be shy! if a member of your family or organization you belong to deserves to be nominated, please do so. If you have nominated someone in the past who was not selected, please do so again as it is always a difficult choice and this may be the year that your candidate is selected.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. A nominee must have resided or worked within the Novato Geographic Area for at least seven (7) years.
  2. Nominations are to be made and resumes obtained, with no prior knowledge on the part of the nominee.
  3. Nominee names will not be divulged. Prior to the public announcement, the chosen recipient’s name will only be disclosed to the appropriate organizations i.e., City of Novato, Senator, Assemblyperson, Congressional Representative and nominator etc. The media will not be advised of the recipient’s identity until the award is made at the event.
  4. Nominations may be submitted at any time during the year, but all nominations must be received by November 25, 2019. Please send nominations to: Novato Citizen of the Year Committee, P.O. Box 1347, Novato, CA 94948 OR email
  5. The person or organization making the nomination will be responsible for obtaining the necessary information concerning the nominee and assuring his/her attendance at the event on January 31, 2020.
  6. Nominees for this award should be a person who has been an outstanding volunteer in the Novato Community. His/her contributions should be in a number of different areas i.e., youth, senior, religious, community organizations, in addition to his/her business and/or profession. The nominee cannot hold public office at the time of nomination.
  7. Only one person can receive this award for a given year. A couple, should they be nominated, will be considered as one person.

Nomination Form

Applications will be reviewed by the committee. The Citizen of the Year is always a well kept Novato secret until the night of Novato’s Birthday Party.

Download, fill out and mail your nomination to:

Novato Citizen of the Year Committee
P.O. Box 1347
Novato, CA 94948

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