The efforts of public servants often go unnoticed, even as they work diligently behind the scenes to educate us, protect us, keep us healthy, and provide essential services and infrastructure.

That's why we created the CalPERS Spotlight on Excellence award. Presented at the Annual Educational Forum, it shines a light on the outstanding contributions of an exemplary public agency, program, or employee.

See the Extraordinary Work of Our Past Honorees

Spotlight on Excellence awardees:

  • Exhibit the spirit of what it means to be of service to the public
  • Serve as a model other agencies or employees can follow
  • Have a proven record of building community success


Who do you know that deserves recognition for their exemplary public service? Nominations for the Spotlight on Excellence award will open in August, 2018. In the meantime, take a look at our past recipients and start thinking of who you'd like to nominate.


Jeanne Amos, Library Services Director
El Dorado County
Recognized for 22 years of dedicated public service, Jeanne transformed El Dorado County libraries into the community hubs she envisioned. Programs she developed helped El Dorado County receive recognition from our State Legislature for its early learning education, and for having the highest percentage in the state of reading to young children each day.


Kenneth Duran, Assistant City Manager
City of San Dimas
Recognized for his accomplishments during more than 30 years as assistant city manager, including the city hall remodel and downtown revitalization.


East Valley Water District
Recognized for their commitment to leadership, partnership, and stewardship, and understanding the need to educate the community on the efforts involved in maintaining a water system.


Howard L. Chambers, City Manager
City of Lakewood
Recognized for his accomplishments during his 38 years as city manager, and his ability to build working relationships with city staff, civic leaders, and state legislators.

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