Employee Recognition

Irvine Above & Beyond Awards

Recently the City proudly honored 128 City employees at our 1st annual Above And Beyond employee recognition ceremony.

Over the past year, every staff member from the City of Irvine played a vital role in helping our residents and businesses get through incredibly challenging times, while continuing to provide exceptional service. Teams and individuals were recognized by their peers and department directors for their incredible service. Compassion, kindness, and willingness to help others was a common theme among this group.

Staff from each department was recognized and includes:

Team of the Year: GEM Award:
Community Services Youth Outreach Team
Community Services Senior Services Team
Public Safety Dispatch Team

Honorary Team and Employees of the Year:
Emergency Operations Center Team
Irvine Police Commander
Irvine City Attorney

Leader of the Year: TRAILBLAZER Award:
Risk Management Administrator
Purchasing Agent
Lead Mail Coordinator

Employee of the Year: PEAK Award:
Deputy City Manager/Communications
Office of Records & Information Management Analyst II
Superintendent of Facilities Maintenance
Community Services Senior Management Analyst
Budget Officer
Human Resources Analyst II
Irvine Police Department Patrol Officer
Community Development Housing Administrator

We are proud of them and thank them for their continued professionalism, compassion, and commitment to delivering exceptional services during extraordinary times and every day.

Ongoing Employee Recognition 

  • The City of Irvine’s Purchasing Team received the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award from the National Procurement Institute. The award recognizes public and nonprofit agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. There were 179 agencies selected for the award, and Irvine was one of only 63 cities to earn the distinction. The Purchasing Team ensures the acquisition of quality goods and services at the best value to the City. 

  • The City of Irvine’s Geographic Information System (GIS) team has been ranked No. 2 by PSD Citywide in their awards of the top 25 most mature public sector Geographic Information System programs in North America based on findings from the Geospatial Maturity Index Survey. The City is the first U.S. participant to earn a spot in the top three GIS programs in the history of the survey.

  • Employees in the Community Development Department have been recognized with the ‘Incorporating Innovative Technology Award’ from the Orange County Business Council at their recent “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” virtual awards ceremony. The City’s IrvineREADY! permitting program earned the City this award. ​ IrvineREADY!, the entirely web-based permitting system, has facilitated more than $1 billion in investment in our region over the last year, and is the only web-based permitting system in Southern California of its kind. The IrvineREADY! platform has provided a much-needed economic lifeline to our businesses by keeping City Hall and permitting operations open in light of the pandemic. 

  • Emergency Management Administrator Bobby Simmons has received the Exceptional Service Award from the California Emergency Services Association. Bobby was nominated for the honor by his colleagues at the County of Orange, and the cities of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, and Aliso Viejo for his management of the Silverado Fire in October 2020 and his work in implementing a comprehensive evacuation plan for the City.  To learn more about the City's evacuation zones and ways you can prepare for an emergency, visit cityofirvine.org/prepare.