The Connecticut Association of Housing Code Enforcement Officials, Inc. recognizes and awards individuals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding service and accomplishments.  For many years, CAHCEO has presented many types of awards for recognition, appreciation, and service to the organization and the public at large.  These awards are a symbol of the association’s desire to honor the recipient(s) for their accomplishments.  Awards come in many forms such as certificates, trophies, plaques, medallions, and other various objects.

CAHCEO encourages all members to avail themselves of service to the association as Officers of the Corporation (Executive Board of Directors), committee members, and outstanding service and professionalism to the public which all code officials serve.  Recipients of awards are generally chosen by approval of the Executive Board of Directors.  On occasion, the President may present deserving individuals with the special recognition awards called President’s Awards.

The Distinguished Service Awards was renamed on June 13, 2008 in honor of an individual who dedicated much of his personal time for the advancement of housing code in the state.  Even though this person is not a Founding Father of the organization, but because of the work to make CAHCEO a leading educational organization within our state and beyond, the entire Executive Board of Directors unanimously agreed to rename the Distinguished Service Award in honor of this special individual.  This award will be known forever more as the John C. Watson, Sr. Distinguished Service Award.

Most awards are given out at CAHCEO Annual Meetings.


John Potkay Award

The Association’s highest award is named after the legendary former Chief of Hartford’s Housing Code Enforcement Bureau.  John Potkay was CAHCEO’s first president and often considered the main person responsible for the found of CAHDEO, Inc.  This is presented to a deserving individual engaged, involved, or retired from code enforcement or serving the public in the built environment.


Housing Code Inspector of the Year

Presented annually to a worthy active member of CAHCEO who is engaged in housing code inspection.  The recipient must be nominated by a fellow member and must have exhibited high character, professionalism, and conduct worthy of receiving this award.


Code Enforcement Official of the Year

Presented annually to a worthy active member of CAHCEO who is engaged in code enforcement for the State of Connecticut, Judicial Department, or Housing Court Session as an Assistant State’s Prosecutor of Housing Specialist, etc.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented to a worthy active member, honorary member, or retired member who has exhibited over fifteen years of membership in CAHCEO and has served the public’s interest in the pursuit of it’s health, safety, and welfare for no less than twenty years.


John C. Watson Sr. Distinguished Service Award

Presented to worthy individuals, businesses, or organizations engaged in code enforcement, housing, or the built environment and through their efforts has improved the quality of life of the public or helped to protect its health, safety, and welfare.  Membership in CAHCEO is not required


President’s Award

On occasion, the President may present deserving individuals with special recognition who have assisted the Executive Board of Directors with accomplishing goals for the betterment of the CAHCEO organization.