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Public Service Recognition Week


PSRW logo with text stating Public Service Recognition Week 

Honoring Our Public Servants.

Connecting Citizens with Their Government.

​May 3-9, 2020

Your department's priorities in response to COVID-19 should take precedence over participating in Public Service Recognition Week. 

  • However, Public Service Recognition Week is a valuable morale booster, and a pleasant distraction from intense work.  Take recommended events as optional, not required or mandatory.
  • Postponing Public Service Recognition Week to a later date is another option, just be sure to communicate that decision to staff so they feel informed.

If you have satellite offices, or teleworking staff, have a way to collect photos established in advance. 

  • Perhaps there is a specific email address to send participation photos to?
  • Or a daily WebEx or Zoom where folks can log on and share their participation?
  • Or, if it is appropriate for your department, encourage them to tag your social media account and use the hash tag #PSRWCA to share their pictures publicly!

If you are participating in these activities in person, remember physical distance recommendations.

California Public Service Recognition Week 2020 Potential Virtual Events PDF | RTF

California's Public Service Recognition Week Resources

Since 2017, the State of California has participated in Public Service Recognition week and regularly reaches over 75,000 employees! Check out our resources to help your department, regional offices, and field offices participate:

    • Sample messages

    • Educational ideas

    • Digital logo resources

  • Track statewide and department events throughout the week on social media via #PSRWCA.

  • Need more event ideas, signage ideas, or other resources? Contact Jonathan Calabretta.


Cliff Allenby Public Service Award

The Cliff Allenby Public Service Award honors exemplary state employees who have committed their lives to the service of California. 

The award is named after Cliff Allenby, one of the state's most renowned and tenured public servants, who passed away in 2018.  Allenby served six California Governors in a variety of roles and ran several state departments during his career.

Award nominations can be made by Cabinet-level secretaries.  To be eligible, a state employee must have an accomplished record of at least 20 years of service.  Winners are selected by the Governor's Office and announced during Public Service Recognition Week.

Past Awardees:


  • Amy Tong, Director, Department of Technology
  • Mike Wilkening, Undersecretary, California Health and Human Services Agency

Additional Resources

Visit our Employee Recognition Toolkit webpage for more information.​

  Updated: 5/1/2020
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