|City and County of Denver Celebrates Peak Performers at Annual 5281 Awards
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Office of Human Resources today hosted the annual 5281 Awards Luncheon. The luncheon honors individual city employees and teams who went above and beyond, taking the extra step to help deliver the Mayor’s vision of a world class city where everyone matters.
On Day One of his administration, Mayor Hancock launched Peak Performance, a new strategic initiative to improve customer service and make city government more efficient and effective. Much of the work of this year’s honorees speaks to the support and success of the initiative to change how local government operates - and they are being recognized for their efforts.
“When my administration first took office, we asked our employees how we could provide better service and get the most value from every dollar spent,” Mayor Hancock said. “The city employees honored here today have exemplified that effort by finding innovative ways to make our city a better place. It’s simply smart business.”
The luncheon was held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Seawell Grand Ballroom. The theme of this year’s luncheon is “Inclusivity – creating a place where everyone has a voice and can contribute to the success of this great City.”
In addition to Mayor Hancock, the luncheon featured Office of Human Resources Executive Director Nita Mosby Henry, Councilwoman At-Large Robin Kniech and emerging young leader Dwane Matthews.
“The 5281 Awards Luncheon is a celebration of those employees who shared their ideas, knowledge and perspectives to positively contribute to the City’s vision, and to impact the communities we serve,” explained Henry. “Inclusion intentionally opens the door to allow for those diverse viewpoints to be cultivated.”
Winners are chosen based on the following criteria:
1. They have helped the City reach one or more of the City’s five goals:
- To spur new economic opportunities
- To increase opportunities for Denver’s Kids
- To foster a strong relationship between our residents and Denver’s safety departments and strengthen the safety net to protect our most vulnerable residents
- To transform city government to provide the highest quality services at the lowest possible costs
- To re-energize the city’s commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability to make Denver the most livable city in America
2. They have exemplified the City’s STARS values:
- Service to Customers
- Respect for self and others
3. Their actions promote Greenprint Denver’s Action Agenda to:
- Improve resource efficiency (fuel/energy, materials, water and natural resources)
- Advance triple bottom line actions (economic, social and environmental) of City activities
- Reduce adverse environmental impacts to air, land and water through:
- Natural resource savings or enhancements
- Energy or fuel efficiencies
- Community improvements
- Greenhouse gas reductions
To read a brief description of each award winner, visit www.denvergov.org/5281. Photos available at request.