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Nomination Criteria


Procedures and Criteria

Selection Year January 2014 through December 2014

The Governor’s Award for Excellence program provides an opportunity for each department to recognize state employees who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in any of the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Innovation and Efficiency
  • Heroism
  • Humanitarianism
  • Energy and Environment
  • Outstanding Public Service                                                                            

For descriptions of all categories, refer to pages 2‐3.


  • A department may establish its own procedures and practices to vet nominations.  The provided Nomination and Selection Form may be used to collect nominations as well as submit the selection.
  •  Any State of Utah employee or team of employees in the executive branch is eligible to be nominated for the Governor’s Award for Excellence.
  • The principal achievement must have taken place within the selection year of 2014, with the exception of the Outstanding Public Service Award.  For this award the achievement(s) may be a culmination of accomplishments over a number of years.
  • Any individuals who are part of a project team but do not work for the same department may also be nominated as part of the team.


  •  An individual or team may be selected for recognition in only one category.
  • The department may only select and submit one individual or team to receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence.


  • A department may select and submit one individual or team to represent the department at the Awards Ceremony.  If a large team is selected, limited representation will be allowed at the ceremony due to space restrictions.
  • The Nomination and Selection Form for the chosen individual or team must be submitted to the department’s HR office or designated HR representative by 5:00 p.m. on March 20, 2015.  The completed form must include the achievement narrative of 250 or fewer words.  Incomplete nominations or those with lengthy narratives may be returned for completion or editing.
  • The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place May 5, 2015.


Governor’s Award for Excellence in Leadership

This award recognizes an individual who may have:

  • Illustrated notable leadership and encouraged collaboration within the community served by the department.
  • Inspired a shared vision among work groups, led by example, displayed exceptional problem solving skills and continuously made efforts to improve work processes.
  • Motivated staff to improve a work program, policy or process.
  • Expanded the capacity of others by fostering team collaboration.

Governor’s Award for Innovation and Efficiency

This award recognizes an individual or team who may have:

  • ·Cultivated innovation and creative thinking as well as generated leading edge programs, policies or processes.
  • Developed and implemented practices or plans that have revolutionized processes and created a higher level of performance among work groups.
  • Introduced a new technology or business model that produced measurable improvement and efficiency within the organization.
  • ·Showed a prudent use of state resources and exercised economic efficiency with concern for tax payers’ dollars. 

Governor’s Award for Heroism

This award recognizes an individual or team who may have:

  • Demonstrated extraordinary courage, resourcefulness and self‐sacrifice.
  • Willingly responded to an emergency where the person risked his/her safety for the well‐being of others.
  • Performed an act of service that exhibited exemplary character and reflected a deep concern for the safety and well‐being of others.

Governor’s Award for Humanitarianism

This award recognizes an individual or team who may have:

  • ·Clearly exemplified a voluntary commitment to selflessly promote human welfare and worked toward the advancement of humanity as a whole while demonstrating a spirit of sensitivity and awareness.
  • Preeminently championed the cause of equal opportunity and/or independence for a person or population of people.
  • Devoted benevolent and humanitarian service to the community at large and sustained a record of successful advocacy.

Governor’s Award for Energy and Environment

This award may take into account both quantitative and qualitative achievements and recognizes an individual or team who may have:

  • Fostered innovation, demonstrated creative thinking, as well as generated leading‐edge programs, policies or processes in the area of energy efficiency and conservation.
  • Fashioned and implemented practices or plans that have created increased actions and awareness among work groups relating to energy conservation and environmental stewardship.
  • ·Led education-based projects and activities that have successfully raised awareness of energy efficiency issues, environmental stewardship and/or other best green practices.
  • Created innovative, practical and transferable actions to continue energy conservation or environmental stewardship measures into the future.
  • Illustrated an overall commitment to the cause of energy conservation or environmental stewardship by establishing structured activities that result in a specific measurable outcome.­

Governor’s Award for Outstanding Public Service

This award recognizes an individual or team who over a period of time may have:

  • Consistently demonstrated outstanding contributions and whose accomplishments can be viewed as models of public service inside and outside the work environment.
  • ·Developed and managed workable, cost‐effective programs or processes to enhance the community in which they live and/or serve.
  • Collaborated with others to make a significant and lasting difference in the community.
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