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 infrastructure and services.

The CalPERS Spotlight on Excellence award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an exemplary public agency, program, or employee. Award recipients of the Spotlight on Excellence:

  • 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

2017 Spotlight on Excellence Recipient

Jeanne Amos, Library Services Director of El Dorado County

In her 22 years of service, Jeanne has been the embodiment of servant leadership with her willingness to listen and inspire others to provide meaningful, accessible educational opportunities to the public. She has overseen all six of El Dorado County's libraries, as well as the Bookmobile program, and the El Dorado County Historical Museum, which was added to her department in 2008.

She advocated for the important role libraries play in our communities and envisioned their role as community hubs, where families are healthy, caring, learning, and growing.

In partnership with the county Office of Education, Health and Human Services, and the local First 5 Commission, El Dorado County libraries have been transformed by offering groups, activities, and classes for expectant parents and children from birth through age 18, supported by a team of family engagement, literacy, and health specialists.

The programs she developed helped El Dorado County receive recognition from our State Legislature for its early learning education programs, and also for having the highest percentage in the state of reading to young children each day — 79 percent.

Driven to give library patrons every bit as good of service as every other library in the country, Jeanne and her team have helped:

  • More than 100,000 residents in El Dorado County obtain active library cards and visit the libraries more than half a million times a year
  • Checkout more than 800,000 items per year, in person and online
  • More than 6,000 students obtain digital library cards that enable them to access online library resources from school and home

Library volunteer and staff, along with state and local officials, recognize Jeanne formally and informally — but Jeanne always gives credit for the library's successes to the many people in the wings.


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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