Inslee invites state employees to mark Public Service Recognition Week

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OLYMPIA Gov. Jay Inslee today invited Washington state employees to celebrate Public Service Recognition Week, May 7 to 13. Celebrations will take place in Olympia, Spokane and Kennewick.

“Public Service Recognition Week acknowledges the hard work our state employees do each day to serve the 7 million people living in the great state of Washington,” Inslee said. “Those who are called to public service deserve our gratitude and respect for their outstanding efforts.”

Wednesday, May 10
11 AM to 1 PM
Location: East Plaza Lawn on the Capitol Campus (across from the Legislative Building, Olympia)

Thursday, May 11
11:30 AM to 1 PM
Location: National Guard Readiness Center (1626 N. Rebecca St., Spokane)

5:30 PM to 7 PM
Location: Southridge Sports & Events Complex (2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick)

Employees will have an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of their peers, receive information about new benefits and programs, and learn about charities supported by state employees. Last year, more than 1,500 employees attended the Olympia event.

Employees and their families also are invited to attend Washington State Employees Annual Mariners Day on Saturday, May 6. Discounted tickets are available for the 6:10 p.m. game through Friday, May 5. Additionally, on May 12, July 22 and Aug. 11, a portion of the proceeds from Tacoma Rainiers game tickets will be donated to the state’s Combined Fund Drive, a giving program for public employees.

A key goal of Inslee’s Results Washington initiative is to improve Washington’s standing as an employer of choice, including fostering a culture of respect, feedback and recognition.

Read more about the work of public employees on the governor’s Medium page:

  • Child Protective Services’ Erin Mountin investigates child abuse and neglect complaints.
  • Produce inspector Tabitha Hernandez helps keep the agriculture industry moving.
  • Nurse Allen Goodwin helps low-income, medically complex patients find long-term care.

This year’s employee appreciation events are sponsored in Olympia by the Washington State Employees Credit Union and Local 443 of the Washington Federation of State Employees; in Spokane by WSECU, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Washington Military Department, the Washington Public Employees Association, and Local 17 of the Professional and Technical Employees; and in Kennewick by Umpqua Bank, Southridge Sports & Events Complex, the Gesa Carousel of Dreams, Local 1253 and Local 1291 of the WFSE, and Teamsters Local 117.

Media Contacts

Tara Lee
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office