The International City Managers Assn. dedicated its new headquarters this week in Washington, D.C., and in doing so paid special homage to former Lawrence City Manager Buford Watson.
Watson, who died in October, was posthumously recognized for his vision in pushing the ICMA to build its own headquarters, a $31 million, nine-floor structure. Watson became the first Kansan to be elected as ICMA president in 1986.
Faye Watson, widow of the longtime Lawrence city manager, was on hand for the dedication of the building, which will house the ICMA offices, the ICMA Retirement Corp. and the Washington Council of Governments.