Presented to a member of the MMASC Executive Board or a Regional Board Member who has made a significant and/or sustained contribution to MMASC. The award is named after J. Michael Dutton who was an active member of the organization, an innovator, and leader of public sector programs. He served the cities of San Gabriel, Monterey Park, and San Dimas. He mentored many and promoted MMASC as a key component of professional development, before his untimely death in 1984 at the age of 36. The J. Michael Dutton Summit Award has been awarded ever since.