Award Descriptions

The Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards recognize the achievements of public servants with the following four awards:

Community Builder (Large City/Town)

Recognizing efforts to advance community pride and connectedness through such areas as job creation and training, healthy communities, environmental and historical preservation, volunteer and philanthropic efforts, and educational advancement. This award is open to public service employees in any city or town with more than 100,000 people, or in Maricopa and Pima Counties.

Community Builder (Small City/Town)

Recognizing efforts to advance community pride and connectedness through such areas as job creation and training, healthy communities, environmental and historical preservation, volunteer and philanthropic efforts, and educational advancement. This award is open to public service employees in any city or town with less than 100,000 people, any county expect Maricopa and Pima counties, and any tribal government.

Emerging Leader

Recognizing early-stage public service employees committed to the overall civic health and community connection of the constituents they serve while bringing innovation, energy and compassion to their position and serving as a role model for others. Open to public service employees under the age of 40 of any city, town, county, state, or tribal government and staff members of Arizona’s congressional delegation.

Civic Leader

Recognizing extraordinary leaders who have demonstrated knowledge, skills and commitment to addressing Arizona’s long-term issues and the personal leadership capacity to make Arizona a better place for future generations. Open to public service employees of any city, town, county, state, or tribal government and staff members of Arizona’s congressional delegation.

Eligibility

Any Arizona-based public servant who is employed by any of the following may be nominated for one of the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards:

  • Cities and Towns
  • Counties
  • Special Districts
  • Agencies of the Executive and Legislative Branches of State Government
  • Tribal Governments
  • Personal Staff employed by Members of the Arizona Congressional Delegation

As there are other recognition programs for education and public safety employees, this program will focus on all other categories of public service in Arizona at the levels of government listed above.

Award Criteria

The selection committee judges each category according to the following criteria:

Community Builder (Large City/Town)

  • Leads substantive and ongoing programs that advance community pride through such areas as job creation and training, healthy communities, environmental and historical preservation, volunteer and philanthropic efforts and/ or educational advancement
  • Demonstrates a strategic and sustained commitment to public service excellence.
  • Demonstrates innovate thinking and a willingness to take risks to achieve results.
  • Clarity and specificity of application

Community Builder (Small City/Town)

  • Leads substantive and ongoing programs that advance community pride through such areas as job creation and training, healthy communities, environmental and historical preservation, volunteer and philanthropic efforts and/ or educational advancement
  • Demonstrates a strategic and sustained commitment to public service excellence.
  • Demonstrates innovate thinking and a willingness to take risks to achieve results.
  • Clarity and specificity of application

Emerging Leader

  • Potential to impact Arizona in terms of developing new capacities or being a thought leader in the future
  • Takes initiative to enhance the community by improving overall civic health or community connection.
  • Constituent-centric attitude illustrated through energy, compassion, and modeling behavior for others.
  • Clarity and specificity of application

Civic Leader

  • Made a profound difference in improving Arizona to be a better place for future generations
  • Contributed solutions to high-impact issue/s facing Arizona
  • Consistent demonstration of knowledge, skills and commitment to addressing Arizona’s long-term issues
  • Developed and implemented innovative programs or processes that positively impact the community in which he/she serves.
  • Clarity and specificity of application

 


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