Professional Awards Program


Nominations are still being accepted for the TMHRA Annual Awards, even though the 2020 Annual Conference was cancelled due to COVID-19. In these uncertain times, it’s even more important to celebrate the positive impact that the human resources profession makes on the people and communities we serve.

Please submit your nomination(s) no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2020.

TMHRA Professional Awards Program



Deadline May 8

2020 will mark the 11th year of the Texas Municipal Human Resources Association’s Professional Awards Program which recognizes and honors outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to municipal human resources in Texas. Nominations are currently sought for the following five awards:

  1. Human Resources Management Professional of the Year
    Recognizes the human resources professional who has made significant contributions to the field of municipal human resources management in the past 18 months. The recipient must be an Active, Affiliate, Cooperating, or Emeritus member of TMHRA.
  2. Innovation in Municipal Human Resources Management (Organization)
    Recognizes the local government that has developed innovative programs and services to solve municipal human resources management problems and create opportunities for its community to reach its full potential. This award is aimed at programs that have been created or modified in the past 18 months. The recipient must have an Active, Affiliate, Cooperating, or Emeritus member of TMHRA in its organization.
  3. Rising Star Award
    Recognizes a new member who shows exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the association and profession. Recipients should be in the first five years of their career in public sector human resources management and can include those who have moved into public service mid-career. The recipient must be an Active, Affiliate, Cooperating, or Emeritus member of TMHRA.
  4. HR Strategic Department of the Year
    Recognizes the outstanding contributions that an HR team has made in the past 18 months to their City and the employees they serve. The Strategic HR Department of the Year award acknowledges the efforts made to enhance and further the mission, vision and values of the organization and it’s culture while aligning strategic HR practices and programs.
  5. TMHRA Memorial Award
    This award is in memory of and acknowledges previous TMHRA members who were dedicated to the continuous pursuit of practical and applicable knowledge in the field of Human Resources as well as their active encouragement and mentorship of others within their profession.  This award is intended to recognize the human resources professional(s) who embody these observed attributes. The recipient must be an Active, Affiliate, Cooperating, or Emeritus member of TMHRA.  The recipient(s) of this award will receive a scholarship to attend the subsequent year’s TMHRA Annual Conference in the form of the waiver of the conference registration fee.

Nomination Requirements

Nominations may be made by someone familiar with the individual or organization’s work history such as a supervisor, co-worker, subordinate, professional peer, or self.  Nominations will only be accepted via the online nomination form and  a one-page narrative uploaded through the form. The narrative should describe how the individual or organization has made an outstanding contribution to the award category; and, where possible, detail in a clearly measurable format specific results/impacts that have been achieved/produced by the individual or organization (such as dollars saved, amount of productivity increase, etc.).

Judging and Announcement Process

The Chair will convene the  TMHRA Awards Committee to review all entries for completeness, eligibility and will make award  recommendations to the TMHRA Board of Directors . The announcement and presentation of the TMHRA Professional Awards will be made during the TMHRA Annual Conference.



Deadline May 8