Public Employees Throughout the State honored for a commitment to service
New Jersey joined other states across the nation in celebrating Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), spanning from May 6-10, 2019. The week culminated with the Public Service Recognition Day Award Ceremony on May 9, 2019, where the New Jersey Civil Service Commission (CSC) recognized approximately 200 state employees at the New Jersey War Memorial.
“Day in and day out, public workers provide essential services that all New Jerseyans depend upon,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Today, we celebrate the achievement of some of those individuals and their teams that have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to their work. I thank not only them but all state employees for the work they do every day serving the residents of New Jersey.”
“I am beyond proud of this year’s New Jersey Public Service Recognition honorees,” said Lt. Governor Shelia Oliver. “These individuals exemplify everything it means to be a public workers to the community and a leader among their peers. Their commitment to serving the people of New Jersey makes our state and our country a better place.”
“Excellence in public service can take many forms and public engagement is essential to building community and stimulating real change in our neighborhoods and throughout the State,” said Deirdrẻ Webster Cobb, Esq. Chair/CEO of the New Jersey Civil Service Commission. “This year’s awardees are the embodiment of public service, social entrepreneurship, and making positive change.”
Dr. James Davy, former Commissioner of the NJ Department of Human Services, was the keynote speaker. “Employees are the heart and soul of the work done in government. We need to recognize and affirm their dedication, professionalism, and commitment to serving others as daily habit,” said Dr. Davy. “Research shows that positive, affirming internal conversations are common to high performing organizations. It is up to each and every one of us to shape the quality of our workplace conversations.”
Employees from each Executive branch department and agency were nominated by supervisors and peers in five award categories:
1) Innovation and Efficiency; 2) Leadership/Professional Achievement; 3) NJ Award of Heroism; 4) Governor’s Team of Excellence Award; and 5) Community Service Award.
The State of New Jersey and the Civil Service Commission congratulates the 2019 Public Service Recognition awardees.