Charles E. Dunbar, Jr.

Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Career Service Award

The Dunbar Award is the highest honor classified state employees can receive for their service to the citizens of Louisiana. The Civil Service League bestows the award on local, state and municipal civil service employees who distinguish themselves through unselfish service to the citizens of Louisiana. Nominees are judged on commitment to the classified service, contributions toward workplace improvement, personal initiative, and volunteer community service.

The award is named after the founder of the League, Charles E. Dunbar, Jr., who was responsible for spearheading the effort to establish a classified workforce that would be governed through merit system principles.

In our continuing effort to recognize classified employees for the tremendous contributions they make to the state of Louisiana, we hope you will consider nominating one of your employees for the Charles E. Dunbar Jr., Career Service Award.

In the past 50 years of this program the Dunbar Award has recognized more than 800 classified public employees in Louisiana since its inception. The Louisiana Civil Service system in large part owes its existence to Mr. Dunbar, who wrote the 1940 and 1952 civil service basic laws and founded the league.

Eligibility Criteria

1. Classified employees (full-time and part-time) are eligible.
2. An employee who retires during the year for which the award is made is eligible to be nominated.
3. Anyone may nominate a classified employee. An employee may nominate his/her subordinate, supervisor, co-worker or other individual he/she feels should be considered for this award.
4. The nomination form must be signed by the nominator and someone from the HRM Office.

Nomination Criteria

1. The nomination should be brief, to the point, and limited to the 4 page nomination form (additional pages will be discarded). Do not submit letters of recommendation and supplemental material as they will not be considered.

Selection of Award Recipient

1. The nominations will be reviewed by the HRM Office to ensure eligibility criteria is met.
2. Eligible nominations will be forwarded to the Civil Service League.

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