The City of Newport News recognizes and honors employees when they reach service milestones. Although annual recognition for years of service is important, those who celebrate anniversaries for every 5 years of service receive a special token of appreciation that illustrates the value they've added to public service. The Service Awards program, developed by City employees, is just one such way that the City recognizes employee contributions.
Eligibility: Full-time employees are recognized for their service in 5-year increments. Employees must be employed on their anniversary in order to receive an award. A break in service of a year or more restarts the employee’s eligibility to receive an award. Years of service for the Service Awards program is calculated differently than years of service for retirement or any other purpose.
Process: Employees celebrating a service milestone should receive their award during their anniversary month. Employees celebrating between 5-15 years of service receive a certificate and a pre-selected award. Employees celebrating 20 or more years of service are given the opportunity to select an award from the award selection provided by the vendor.Retirement Awards
Purpose: The City honors employees who have reached retirement.
Eligibility: Any employee who retires from the City of Newport News is eligible.
Process: Retiring employees indicate on their Retirement Award Applications whether they choose to receive a gift selection brochure from the vendor. If they elect to receive the brochure, their name, retirement date, years of service, and home address are sent from Human Resources to the vendor. The retiree then receives the gift selection brochure at their home address and chooses from a variety of awards. The awardee then selects the gift to be mailed to the specified address.