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lI <br />EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR <br />THE DOROTHY PALEN AWARD) <br />PURPOSE: <br />J-4 <br />To establish the award criteria and selection process for the Dorothy Palen <br />Award, City Employee of the Year. <br />BACKGROUND: <br />Dorothy Palen retired from the City of Newport Beach Finance Department in <br />1993, after 47 years of dedicated service. Every year since her retirement, a <br />Newport Beach City employee who best exemplifies the characteristics of <br />Dorothy Palen has been selected as the Employee of the Year. This City Council <br />policy specifies the award criteria and selection process to insure a deserving <br />employee is selected as the Employee of the Year. <br />PROCEDURE: <br />Between October 1s' and November 301h of each year, all City employees may <br />submit a nomination to the Human Resources Manager for Employee of the <br />Year for the current calendar year. All nominations must include a brief <br />justification describing how the nominee specifically meets the established <br />award criteria on a form available from Human Resources. <br />A Committee composed of the Human Resources Manager, two Department <br />Directors, and two other employees selected by the City Manager, will <br />review the nominations and narrow the field of candidates to five employees. <br />The committee shall identify the reasons for the candidate recommendations. <br />The names of the finalists shall be presented to the Cit /s senior management <br />staff at the first Director's staff meeting in January for final selection. <br />The selected employee shall be recognized at the annual Employees Awards <br />Dinner and awarded a plaque commemorating his /her recognition as <br />Employee of the Year. A press release shall indicate the award and the <br />reason why they were selected for the prestigious honor. <br />To be nominated for the award, the recommended employee should be a role <br />model for all City employees. The Award Committees evaluation will be <br />1