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Quarterly Employee Recognition Program

The City of Albuquerque Quarterly Employee Recognition Program: a quarterly award program for outstanding employee contributions.

Employee Nominations

Know a City of Albuquerque employee who has gone beyond expectations and met the highest standards of service to the community?

City of Albuquerque Quarterly Employee Recognition Program

This Employee Recognition Program is intended to encourage City employees to go beyond our citizens' expectations and meet the highest standards of service to the community.

Recognizing the useful role incentives play in encouraging superior employee performance and innovation, this program serves to reward performance and dedication that exceeds normal expectations.

Nomination Period

Employees can be nominated each quarter, ending in March, June, September, and December of each year.

Areas of Recognition

  • Accomplishment - Recognition for distinct and extraordinary accomplishments that have made significant identifiable successes or improvements for the citizens of Albuquerque.
  • Human Relations - Recognition for outstanding contributions made toward enhancing the quality and morale of the workplace, or creating a better public image of City government (such as positive personal interaction with other employees, public awareness, improving internal relationships, or collaboration with other agencies).
  • Performance & Innovation - Recognition for superior performance or innovation: initiative, work quality, work quantity, attitude, job skill, longevity, response to unanticipated situations, efficiency, response to supervisory direction, money savings, or contributions to City priorities.
  • Public Service - Recognition for demonstrating a high awareness of the needs of the citizens in regard to the services provided, and encouraging others to value the importance of public service and stewardship.
  • Safety & Heroism - Recognition for demonstrating outstanding judgement or courage in an emergency, voluntarily risking his or her life or taking action to prevent injury, loss of life or damage or loss of property.
  • Health & Wellness - Recognition for providing outstanding leadership and setting an example in support of the City's pursuit of enhanced organizational effectiveness through improvements in the health and wellness of employees.


All classified and unclassified employees of the City are eligible to participate in this program except for those in Division Managers positions or above. Employees must not have received disciplinary action within the last 2 years of nomination.


Nominations must be submitted at the link above with evidence of superior performance or innovation.

Nominations may be made by any member of the public or a fellow City employee.

All nominations will be routed through the chain of command to the Division Manager or Department Director for review and comments. Division Managers and Department Directors cannot withhold a nomination.

All nominations will be reviewed by the City of Albuquerque Employee Recognition Committee and all award winners will be notified within two week of the end of the quarterly nomination process.


One award in each of the Areas of Recognition may be awarded every quarter. Each award recipient will be given one full day of paid leave to be used within one year of award. Plaques or other non-monetary gifts also may be awarded.

Awards will be contingent upon the City's approved budget.

Presentation of awards shall be made at City Council meetings.

If you have any questions please contact Tom Darling with Public Service University at 505-768-3200