Celebrating your Service

by Christy Nealey, Marketing and Technology Specialist, Department of Human Resources

At Henrico County, we are proud of our vibrant and diverse workforce. Our employees share a sense of purpose as they serve our citizens and make a difference in their lives. One way that we celebrate our employees is to recognize their years of service to our County.

Employees celebrating their first anniversary receive a note from the County Manager thanking them for their service and an invitation to a small meet and greet reception where they can discuss how their first year has gone.

Employees celebrating five or more years of service are recognized with a Service Award. These awards are presented in five-year increments (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, etc.), and recipients receive a letter from the County Manager congratulating them on their years of service on the month of their anniversary. They are also given a certificate at our bi-annual Service Award Ceremonies typically held in February and September. Employees whose anniversaries fall between January and June are honored at the ceremony in September, and July through December anniversaries are recognized at the February ceremony the following year. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we have not been able to celebrate at an in-person ceremony since February 2020, but we are hopeful we will come back together soon.

Employees celebrating 35 years or more with the County are invited to a special breakfast in the County Manager’s Office. There, they can fellowship with him and he personally thanks them for all their years of service with Henrico County.

Each year, one employee is honored with a special award, named for Henrico’s longest-tenured (now retired) employee, Elvin R. Cosby. His years of service to the County were quite a testament to dedication, service, and work ethic. In his honor, we recognize at each service award ceremony the employee with the most longstanding total years of service that day — down to the exact year, month, and day — and present that employee with the Elvin R. Cosby Award. Since its inception, 12 employees have been recognized, five of whom still work with Henrico County. 

 We are proud of all of our employees and the culture of dedicated service we all share. We could not achieve the Henrico Way without all of you!

Shirley Carney receiving the Elvin R. Cosby Award in February 2019