20 State Employees Honored Today with Governor’s Awards for Excellence


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:

Customer Service

Michael Last, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Efficiency and Innovation

Brian Maney, North Carolina Arboretum, University of North Carolina System Office

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

Human Relations

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

Public Service

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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