State seeks outstanding employees for service honor

January 22, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 22, 2011

Evergreen State leaders need help from residents to honor outstanding state employees.

The state Productivity Board has asked the public and state workers to nominate public employees for going the extra mile.

Toby Black at the Department of Fish and Wildlife helped rescue a drowning woman. Frank Curry and Tony Ybarra at the Department of Transportation led the effort to evaluate the causes and find solutions to a catastrophic landslide between Chinook Pass and Yakima. Mike Tupper and Chris Idso at the Department of Corrections spearheaded cost-saving initiatives to save the agency and taxpayers thousands of dollars.

The state employees all received the Extra Mile Award.

The honor is awarded to individuals or groups of public employees each year for surpassing expectations and providing exemplary public service. In order to receive the honor, recipients must demonstrating at least one of the following attributes:

  • Execute an innovative solution.
  • Improve efficiency.
  • Exhibit visionary thinking.
  • Overcome great odds or disadvantages.
  • Demonstrate personal valor or bravery.

“Washington has many state employees who go beyond the call of duty in performing their jobs,” Secretary of State Sam Reed, state Productivity Board chairman, said in a statement.  “This is an excellent opportunity to honor exceptional state employees for the service they provide.”

Reed’s office has nomination forms available. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

Submit nomination forms by mail to: The Productivity Board, P.O. Box 40244, Olympia, WA 98504-0244. Forms can also be submitted via fax to 360-704-7830 or via e-mail to Call 360-704-5203 to learn more.

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