Twenty state employees were honored with Governor’s Awards for Excellence today during a ceremony in the N.C. Museum of History. It is the highest honor a state employee may receive for dedicated service to the state and the people of North Carolina and recognizes accomplishments and actions that are outside of the usual scope of their job duties.
Recipients received their awards from Julia White, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Roy Cooper, and leaders from their agency. The honorees’ extraordinary accomplishments and actions set them apart from a total of 116 nominations across state government.
A full description of each recipient's winning qualities and videos that share their story are posted to the Office of State Human Resources website: https://oshr.nc.gov/2018-governors-award-excellence-recipients
“The state employees honored today have provided extraordinary service to the people of North Carolina,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “Some risked their lives to save those in danger, while others created innovative solutions to workplace challenges. These awardees reached above and beyond their daily responsibilities to embody the state motto, ‘To be rather than to seem,’ and we are grateful for their service.”
The honorees attended a luncheon in the Executive Mansion before receiving their awards at a special ceremony in the auditorium of the N.C. Museum of History. WRAL news anchor David Crabtree emceed the event. The Office of State Human Resources presented the ceremony with the support of the North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation.
“For these state employees, a career in public service is about being a part of something bigger than themselves,” said Barbara Gibson, Director of the Office of State Human Resources. “It’s about making a meaningful contribution to society. By going above and beyond their normal duties, they’ve left an enduring legacy of accomplishment.”
The 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence honorees are:
Efficiency and Innovation
Robert Leon, Tony Danks, Tracey Goodwin, Tass Jansen, Sharon Jones, Jamie Murphy and Billy Robbins, all of Correction Enterprises, N.C. Department of Public Safety
Dane Johnston, North Carolina State University
Tanya Dearmon, N.C. Department of Revenue
Outstanding State Government Service
Deputy Director Jackson Marshall, N.C. Museum of History, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Michelle Bryant, N.C. Department of Public Safety
Paula Gillikin, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
Safety and Heroism
Dwight Braswell, N.C. Department of Public Safety
Rick Dickerson, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services
Megan Hess, N.C. Department of Public Safety
Sergeant Cory Hinkle, N.C. National Guard, N.C. Department of Public Safety
David Setser, of North Carolina State University
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