Nominations are now being accepted for the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards for Distinguished DC Government Employees. The awards honor individuals who uphold the public interest amidst competing interests, pressures and demands.
Any full-time employee with at least five years of continuous employment with the District of Columbia government is eligible for an award. Volunteers, temporary, and contract workers are not eligible to participate. Teachers and principals are also not eligible.
Nominees must demonstrate at least one of the following five selection criteria:
- Solved an extraordinary problem or achieved a significantly difficult goal.
- Performed an outstanding act which brought positive recognition to the City.
- Successfully initiated and implemented an innovative idea that brought about dramatic results.
- Consistently achieved excellence in overall job performance that is "above and beyond the call of duty."
- Demonstrated outstanding and inspirational leadership that dramatically improved employee morale and team spirit.
Nominations are welcomed from citizens, community and business stakeholders, civic organizations, and government employees. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Nomination forms may be obtained at these locations: District government agencies, DC public libraries, recreation centers and the awards website http://www.cafritzawards.org/. The deadline for nominations has been extended to September 17, 2004.
Five winners are selected annually. Each of the five winners receives a $7,500 cash award. The winners along with their colleagues and families are honored at a gala event.
2003 Cafritz Winners include:
- Detective Mitchell Credle, Cold Case/Major Case Unit, Violent Crime and Homicide Branch, Metropolitan Police Department
- Charles Reischel, Deputy Corporation Counsel, Office of the Corporation Counsel
- Richard Sella, Director, Returns Processing Administration, Office of Tax and Revenue, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
- Douglas Stallworth, Senior Transportation Planner, Mass Transit Division, Department of Transportation
- Officer Myra Wheeler Jordan, Police Officer and Coordinator, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit, Metropolitan Police Department
The awards program is funded by the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. The program is administered by the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership and guided by an Advisory Committee of prominent public management professionals and faculty from the University.
For more information on the awards program, call (202) 994-5385 or visit http://www.cafritzawards.org/.