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EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR <br />THE DOROTHY PALEN AWARD) <br />PURPOSE <br />5.$p <br />F -22 <br />To establish the award criteria and selection process for the Dorothy Palen Award, City <br />Employee of the Year. <br />BACKGROUND <br />Dorothy Palen retired from the City of Newport Beach Finance Department in 1993, <br />after 47 years of dedicated service. Every year since her retirement, a Newport Beach <br />City employee who best exemplifies the characteristics of Dorothy Palen has been <br />selected as the Employee of the Year. This City Council policy specifies the award <br />criteria and selection process to insure a deserving employee is selected as the <br />Employee of the Year. <br />PROCEDURE <br />A. Between October 15' and November 301h of each year, all City employees may <br />submit a nomination to the Human Resources Manager for Employee of the Year <br />for the current calendar year. All nominations must include a brief justification <br />describing how the nominee specifically meets the established award criteria on <br />a form available from Human Resources. <br />B. A Committee composed of the Human Resources Manager, two Department <br />Directors, and two other employees selected by the City Manager, will review <br />the nominations and narrow the field of candidates to five employees. The <br />committee shall identify the reasons for the candidate recommendations. <br />C. The names of the finalists shall be presented to the City's senior management <br />staff at the first Director's staff meeting in January for final selection. <br />D. The selected employee shall be recognized at the annual Employees Awards <br />Dinner and awarded a plaque commemorating his /her recognition as Employee <br />of the Year. A press release shall indicate the award and the reason why they <br />were selected for the prestigious honor. <br />1