IPMA Honors Several Public Sector HR Leaders

Three agencies, two HR veterans and a local association chapter recently were recognized by the International Public Management Association for Human Resources for public sector contributions.

The IPMA’s Agency Awards for Excellence went to Suffolk, Virginia, Department of Human Resources & Risk Management in the Up to 1,999 Employees category; the City and County of Denver Office of Human Resource in the 2,000 to 9,999 Employees category; and the state of Tennessee Department of Human Resources in the More Than 10,000 Employees category. 

Agency awards go to member human resources programs whose overall quality, accomplishments and contributions have exceeded those normally seen in the public sector for at least the past three years, according to the IPMA.

The Tennessee Chapter of the IPMA was chosen for the 2018 Chapter Award for Excellence. The chapter significantly improved the HR profession by introducing innovative membership recruitment and retention strategies including offering valuable educational programs and engaging in high-quality member communications, according to the IPMA.

Individual awards also were given to Richard L. Stokes and Trish Holliday.

Stokes, an HR veteran, received the Honorary Life Membership, which recognizes HR leaders who have succeeded in advancing or continuing the purposes of the association. The association recognized Stokes’ service as an IPMA past president, teaching IPMA-HR certification courses and his 20-year experience leading Tennessee’s state chapter of IPMA-HR.

Holliday earned the Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award, which honors an employee’s contributions to public sector personnel management. Holliday is the state of Tennessee’s chief learning officer and assistant director of the state HR department. Holliday said winning the award was extremely inspiring.

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