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.

Nominations Now Open

Do you know a public agency, employee or program that serves as a role model, has a proven track record of building community success, and exhibits the spirit of public service? Now is your chance to acknowledge their hard work.

Make a Nomination

The process is simple. Just complete the online nomination form by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018.

The 2018 award recipient will be announced in October at the 2018 CalPERS Educational Forum and will be featured on CalPERS social media and in our quarterly publication, Employer News.

See the Extraordinary Work of Our Past Honorees


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.