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Public Service Recognition Week


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Honoring Our Public Servants.

Connecting Citizens with Their Government.

​May 3-9, 2020

​California is joining in the national celebration of civil servants – Public Service Recognition Week! The California Department of Human Resources encourages every state department to participate.

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: 1/25/2019
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