The Human Resources Division last month opened the nomination process for the Commonwealth’s Performance Recognition Program, which has been publicly acknowledging the outstanding performance of public employees for 36 years.

As part of the program, any state, county, city or town employee who has worked in public service for 12 months as of Aug. 1, 2021, is eligible to be nominated for the Eugene Rooney Public Service Award, which highlights human resources development as a planned, continuous effort to provide personal and professional growth opportunities that will enhance employee competency levels. Such activities serve to improve an individual’s performance in their current job or provide new skills, knowledge and attitudes that will allow an individual to assume a new role in the organization.

The ideal candidate for the Rooney Award demonstrates a measurable accomplishment that affects individual employees and/or the organization as a whole. The nominator must document the nature of the activity and provide a detailed description of the project and its impact on the organization.

For more information about the various performance awards and to nominate colleagues, visit the updated Performance Recognition Program website.

All nominations must be submitted online no later than Sept. 30. Gov. Charlie Baker will make all final selection decisions.