The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) award for City Employee of the Year recognizes outstanding city employees and celebrates their achievements.

Nominees must be a nonelected full-time employee of a Kentucky city that is a member of KLC. The award is open to all city employees including appointed employees (city clerks, managers, administrators, police and fire chiefs, etc.). There is no limit to the number of employees that may be nominated by one person. Nominees must be working in their city capacity on the date of nomination. All nominations must be submitted by July 31, 2019.

  • KLC executive staff will present the award in the winning cities during a council/commission meeting or another event. KLC will work with the city staff to determine the best venue. This will allow the entire community, as well as local media, to participate in the award presentation.
  • KLC will recognize the winners on social media, online and during the 2019 KLC Conference & Expo.
  • The winning entries will be invited to be recognized at the KLC Conference & Expo, and any city representatives in attendance will be acknowledged if they so choose.
  • A donation will be made by KLC to support a city program/project in the amount of $1,000.
  • The winning projects or programs will be recognized in KLC publications and statewide and local media (including customized releases for local media).

Nominations will be judged on the following criteria:
The nominee is a role model/example of exceptional public service.
The nominee demonstrates qualities that exemplify a good employee such as leadership, professionalism, efficiency, innovation, dedication, creativity and teamwork.
The nominee positively represents the city.
The nominee consistently makes a valuable contribution to improving his or her department and city services.

  1. The nominee must work in a full-time position in a city that is a member of KLC.
  2. One complete copy of the entry must be submitted online at, downloaded/faxed to 859.977.3703 or mailed/delivered to KLC before 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 31, 2019.
  3. Nomination content should not exceed 1,000 words.
  4. Supplemental materials, if any, should be limited to 10 pages and can include news releases, news or media clippings, or other materials that support the nomination. If submitting the nomination online, the total file size for supplemental materials may not exceed 25 MB and must be in one of the following formats: .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .doc, .docx, .png or .pdf.
  5. Information and photos may be used in web, social, video and print media and will not be returned unless requested. If not submitted online, all nomination materials should be sent to 100 East Vine Street, Suite 800, Lexington, KY 40507. All entry materials become property of KLC. By submitting photos, you are giving KLC the right to use images on web, social, video and print media platforms and are certifying that all copyrights and permissions have been obtained to do so.
  6. KLC will make a donation to a Kentucky city program/project or qualified charity of the winner’s choice in the amount of $1,000. The charity must be a Kentucky nonprofit corporation or a 501(c)(3) recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and in good standing with the Kentucky Secretary of State; must not be partisan or sectarian; and must be approved by KLC in its sole discretion.

Persons submitting online applications will receive a confirmation via email.

For more information, contact Terri Johnson or 859.977.3784.

Entries should be complete before submission. Thank you.


We suggest you compose your submission in WORD and cut/paste into this online entry form.

  1. Briefly describe the person nominated.
  2. Describe the attributes that make this person outstanding.
  3. Describe how the nominee has gone above and beyond his or her assigned duties and responsibilities to impact his or her local government or community.
  4. Explain how has this person made his or her local government more effective/efficient.
  5. Describe the way in which this person positively impacts those with whom he or she works, whether it be employees or the public.
  6. List any other reasons why this person should be considered for the City Employee of the Year Award.
Supplemental materials in support of your nomination: You may upload multiple photos and other supplemental materials. The TOTAL file size for supplemental materials may not exceed 25 megs and must be in one of the following formats: .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .doc, .docx, .png, .pdf. If there are problems with the form submission, files will need to be re-selected.

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