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City employees, public service careers shine for PSRW

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Public Service Recognition Week, held nationwide May 6-12, 2018, is a way to express appreciation for those in public service who labor to make our communities better places to live. The City of Houston will host several events to acknowledge employees, engage the community and teach future generations about public service careers.

From friendly competition to honoring years of service, PSRW events are held in April and May, but many submission deadlines are coming up soon. Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • Bravo Awards (COH employees only) - online nomination form opens March 1, due March 30.
  • Scholarship Essay Contest (area high school seniors) - online submissions are due March 19.
  • Kids’ Poster Contest (relatives of city employees ages 5-18) - turn in submissions in person
    by April 13.
  • Kickball Tournament (COH employees) - register online by April 10.
  • Mayor’s Service Awards April 9 - employees celebrating 30 years of service or more will be
    contacted directly.

Bravo Awards

Every year, the city recognizes employees who go above and beyond in their public service and volunteerism in the community with a Bravo Award. The awards honor nine deserving city employees whose excellent service on the job and honorable service after work help those most in need.

If you know a city employee who works to enrich communities and uplift others, consider submitting a Bravo nomination for him or her.

Submission rules and guidelines:

  • All sections of the online submission form must be completed to be considered.
  • City employees are unable to nominate themselves and must be nominated by a nonelected city employee.
  • Only two supporting documents can be submitted with each nomination.
  • The online nomination form will open March 1, 2018.
  • The last day to submit a Bravo nomination is March 30, 2018.

Bravo Award Ceremony

The Bravo recognition ceremony will be held during City Council on May 8, 2018 on the second floor of City Hall.  Winners will be notified via email and invited to attend the ceremony.

For more information, contact Lucha Morales at

Essay Contest

Houston area high school seniors can earn up to $2,000 for college, gain a deeper understanding about local government and learn about the broad range of career options serving the residents of Houston.

Hurricane Harvey revealed the strength, character and resiliency of Houstonians. Together, we proved that we are #HoustonStrong. Thousands of City of Houston employees continue to work behind the scenes to help Houstonians recover and mitigate the effects of future storms.

Essay contest participants are asked to choose a city career and write 500 words about how they would strengthen the city if they were a city employee. Essays do not need to specifically address storm recovery. We welcome essays that explore all city careers and what employees can do to #HoustonStrong. Contestants must write about a specific city career. 

Submit essays online by Monday, March 19.

Scholarships, sponsored by Cigna, include:

First prize: $2,000
Second prize: $1,200
Third prize: $800
Honorable Mention: $500
Honorable Mention: $500

Scholarship winner ceremony: Thursday, May 10.

For more information, please contact Elise Marrion at 832-393-6132 or

Poster Contest

For more than 20 years, the city’s Public Service Recognition Week Poster Contest has helped to educate children about the diverse work of city employees and their role in making our city great. Don’t miss out an opportunity to educate your child or relative about the importance of public service through his or her own artful expression.

Poster Contest Rules:

  • Draw yourself in a city of Houston job. We have job listings to help your child better understand the job position.
  • Anyone ages 5-18 whose parent or relative works for the city can participate.
  • Using any medium, draw yourself as a city employee on the job. Be creative.
  • Posters must be approximately 8-1/2 x 11 inches.
  • On the back of the poster, put the poster title, your name, age and phone number as well as the name, department and work phone number of your parent or relative.
  • Submit labeled entries to Heidi Bane on the fourth floor at 611 Walker by April 13.

Prize packages will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each age group.

Awards Ceremony:
May 10, 2018

For more information, contact Jennifer Cobb at 832-393-6131 or

Employee Kickball Tournament

If you think your department has what it takes, sign-up for the 2018 PSWR Kickball Tournament. The tournament encourages employees to let loose and unite in the spirit of friendly competition (with a fair degree of smack talk).

City departments can register their teams and go head-to-head for PSRW bragging rights. The tournament is open to all city department employees. Family and friends are invited to come out and enjoy some fun, food and music while cheering on their favorite department.

Tournament details:

Date and location: April 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Memorial Park, softball fields #4 & #5.

Register your city department.

All participants must complete an injury waiver.