Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined at the Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Library Center’s Winter Garden by local dignitaries to honor the recipients of the 2012 Kathy Osterman Awards recognizing the superior public service achievements of municipal employees.
Throughout its history this program has recognized over a thousand dedicated employees from the City of Chicago and its sister agencies, and has helped to promote public appreciation of their contributions to the city and its residents.
“Everything we do as public servants is measured by what we give back and leave behind for the next generation,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Through their service to the City, the recipients of the Kathy Osterman Awards have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment and set an example for all to follow.”
The awardees represent the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Transit Authority, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Housing Authority.
Motorola Solutions is the exclusive corporate sponsor of the Kathy Osterman Award Program.
“It is a great pleasure to acknowledge these honorees and the wonderful work they do for the City and their fellow Chicagoans,” Department of Human Resources Commissioner Soo Choi said. “These awards are a celebration of our twenty-five winners and finalists, as well as our way of expressing gratitude to and recognition of all City employees and the excellent public service they provide.”
The awards program began through the efforts of the National Civil Service League and was known as the Superior Public Service Awards. In 1993, it was renamed in honor of the late Kathy Osterman who served as alderman and later as Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.