Gladys Spellman Public Service Award

The Gladys Noon Spellman Award was established in 1986 as a lasting tribute to Congresswoman Spellman and her accomplishments during a long and outstanding career in public service. The award, which is presented during the County’s Women’s History Month Luncheon (WHML), is given annually to a woman in Prince George’s County Government whose career and dedication to the County closely parallel that of Congresswoman Spellman.

Award Namesake

​Gladys Noon Spellman was an educator in the Prince George’s County Public Schools System and president of the Prince George’s County Council of PTAs. She was the first woman elected to the Board of Commissioners of Prince George’s County. Additionally, she served in the highest capacity for County officials nationwide when she became the first woman elected president of the National Association of Counties.

​In 1974, she was elected to the United States Congress where she was instrumental in sponsoring legislation to prevent discrimination based on marital status and prohibiting discrimination against the handicapped and elderly.


​Each department or agency is encouraged to nominate a woman who embodies the essence of Congresswoman Spellman’s commitment to service and excellence.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Candidate must be a resident of Prince George's county
  • Candidate must be a Prince George's County Government employee and should demonstrate steady career growth or progress
  • Candidate should have non-work related interests and activities, including community service
  • Candidate must possess strong leadership abilities and apply these to the betterment of Prince George's County Government

Maurene Epps McNeil

Maurene Mcneil WHML 2017

Prince George’s County Council Chief Zoning Hearing Examiner Maurene Epps McNeil won this year’s highly coveted and prestigious 2017 Gladys Noon Spellman Public Service Award. Ms. McNeil has dedicated her entire professional career, which spans over 30 years, to serving the residents of Prince George’s County. Her impressive resume demonstrates an amazing trajectory of experience and her service to the community is legendary. Maurene has contributed her wealth of experience, talent and skills throughout her illustrious career by serving the County Government in an impressive series of high level professional positions spanning from law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff to practicing law in her current position as Chief Zoning Hearing Examiner for the County Council.