Awards & Recognition

Reach for the StarsReaching for the Stars is New Hanover County’s way for you to share your best experience with our employees' service to you! Tell us about your encounters with employees’ service in the community and on the job by nominating them for either the Community Service Award or the Stellar Award. New Hanover County Government has a promise to serve you through a model of good governance with the best possible customer / citizen service. We hope that you will find this opportunity as a way to recognize their efforts. Thank you in advance for letting us know how we are doing and lifting up those great examples of public service and letting their light shine for others to see!


Our Mission

New Hanover County is committed to providing equitable opportunities and exceptional public services through good governance to ensure a safe, healthy, secure and thriving community for all.

Our Vision

A vibrant, prosperous, diverse coastal community, committed to building a sustainable future for future generations.

Shared Values

Professionalism - Equity - Integrity - Innovation - Stewardship - Accountability

  1. Stellar Awards

Stellar Awards are given to employees who have excelled on the job in ways aligned with the county's shared values of professionalism, integrity, innovation, stewardship, equity, and accountability. These awards are given to any county employee who exemplify one or more of these values in their work.

Employees are nominated by a coworker or citizen, and the county's Recognition Committee reviews applications for the final awards. Stellar Awards are given monthly and at the end of the year. All Stellar Award recipients will be invited to the Reaching for the Stars Banquet. In addition to the recognition, each recipient of the award will receive a certificate, a star pin signifying the shared values embodied and 4 hours of leave.

Stellar Award Nomination Form

  1. Hall of Honor
  1. Service Awards
  1. Community Service Awards
  1. High Fives

Awards Gallery

New Hanover County celebrates the many achievements and outstanding public service of county employees through several awards and recognitions each month. These employees are making an impact, aligned with the county's strategic plan, and creating better health and public safety, superior education and workforce, and intelligent growth and economic development. New Hanover County is grateful for every county employee and for the work they do to keep our citizens safe, healthy, and secure.

Stellar Awards are given to employees who have excelled on the job in ways aligned with the county's shared values. The Five Star Award, which is the county's highest honor, is given to employees who have achieved five Stellar Awards in at least four of the county's shared values. And Service Awards are given to employees who have worked with New Hanover County for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30+ years. The Board of Commissioners recognizes service awards monthly.

New Hanover County Awards & Recognition

Nominate

New Hanover County’s employees are dedicated to serving the public both on the job and outside the scope of their normal duties as County employees. Do you know an NHC employee who has served the community, provided outstanding customer service, and demonstrated efforts toward working to make our County a better place?  Nominate an employee today and recognize these public servants for their public service! There are two ways to do this: The Community Service Award and the Stellar Award. See which nomination best suits your desire to recognize a New Hanover County Employee for her or his public service.