Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Career Civil Service Award
Entering into the 59th year of its annual program, the Louisiana Civil Service League has announced the call for nominations
for the 2017 Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Career Service Award. Since inception of the program, more than 800 classified public
employees have been awarded the Dunbar Career Service Award. Recognizing the tremendous contributions made to the state
of Louisiana by classified employees, we encourage you to consider nominating one of your employees for this prestigious
The Dunbar Award is the highest honor classified state employees can receive for their service to the citizens of Louisiana.
The Civil Service League bestows the award on local, state and municipal civil service employees who distinguish themselves
through unselfish service to the citizens of Louisiana. Nominees are judged on commitment to the classified service, contributions
toward workplace improvement, personal initiative and volunteer community service.
The award is named after the founder of the League, Charles E. Dunbar, Jr., who is responsible for spearheading the effort
to establish a classified workforce that would be governed through merit system principles.
We encourage you to distribute this information and nomination form to all employees. To fill out the form electronically, please click here. After completing the fill-in PDF form, print and sign the signature page. You can then scan and email the form (with signatures) to Lindsay.Ruiz@la.gov. You can also mail the form directly to the Louisiana Civil Service League. Please mail six (6) copies of each nomination form to the address below by Friday, September 15, 2017:
Mr. Daniel E. Sullivan
Executive Vice President
Louisiana Civil Service League
810 Union Street, Suite 305
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT THE DUNBAR AWARDS
- What is the Dunbar Awards Program?
The Dunbar Award is the highest honor classified state employees can receive for their service to the citizens
of Louisiana. The Awards Program is in its 59th year and is sponsored by the Louisiana Civil Service League. The League
bestows the award on local, state and municipal civil service employees who distinguish themselves through unselfish service
to the citizens of Louisiana. Nominees are judged on commitment to the classified service, contributions toward workplace
improvement, personal initiative and volunteer community service.
The award is named after the founder of the League, Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. and has recognized over 800
classified public employees in Louisiana since its inception.
- Who was Charles E. Dunbar, Jr.?
Charles E. Dunbar, Jr., is credited with writing the 1940 and 1952 civil service basic laws and founding
the Louisiana Civil Service League. Mr. Dunbar is responsible for spearheading the effort to establish a classified workforce
that would be governed through merit system principles.
- What is the Louisiana State Civil Service League?
The Louisiana Civil Service League is a statewide non-profit educational organization founded in 1940 dedicated
to the extension, preservation, and improvement of Merit Systems of public employment in Louisiana.
- When will the award ceremony be held?
The 2017 Dunbar Awards Ceremony will be held in New Orleans in January 2018.
- Who can be nominated?
Local, state and municipal classified employees may be nominated for the Dunbar Awards.
- Who judges the award nominations?
The Judging Committee, chaired by Kay Hoffpauir (retired from Dept. of Social Services/Office of Family
Support), consists of five winners from the previous awards year.
- What are the perks of winning the Dunbar Award?
Winners will be honored at the Dunbar Awards Ceremony; a luncheon that will be held in New Orleans in January
2016. Each winner will receive a commemorative plaque and a DVD of the Awards Ceremony. Other perks include a “Dunbar Award
Winner” license plate, and a signed letter from the Governor congratulating the employee on winning the prestigious award.
Award winners may also be asked to be judges on the following year’s selection panel.
FILLING OUT THE DUNBAR AWARDS FORM
- When is the deadline for submitting nominations?
Friday, September 15, 2017.
- Who should I call if I have questions?
If you have questions about filling out the nomination form, please call Daniel E. Sullivan, Executive
Vice President of the Louisiana Civil Service League at (504) 522-3875.
- If I would like to mail my nomination, to whom should I mail it?
Six copies of the nomination form should be mailed to:
Louisiana Civil Service League
ATTN: Daniel E. Sullivan
810 Union St., Suite 305
New Orleans, LA 70112
- What is the eligibility criterion for nominating an employee?
What if an employee retires during the year? Can he or she still be nominated?
- Classified employees (full-time and part-time) are eligible.
- An employee who retires during the year for which the award is made is eligible to be nominated.
- Anyone may nominate a classified employee. An employee may nominate his/her subordinate, supervisor, co-worker or other
individual he/she feels should be considered for this award.
- The nomination form must be signed by the nominator and the appointing authority (or designee).
Yes, an employee who retires during the year for which the award is made is eligible to be nominated.
What if I need more information about the employee’s accomplishments or volunteer service? Can I ask them or someone
Yes, you can ask the employee as nominations are not confidential. You can also ask your agency’s Human
Resources office if you need more information, i.e. job history.
Can I tell an employee that I am nominating them?
Yes, you can tell your employee that you are nominating them for the award. A letter will go out after
all nominations are received telling employees that they were nominated, even if they don’t win.
What can my HR Office do to help me?
Your agency HR Office can furnish information to help fill out Part II – Commitment to the Classified
Service portion of the nomination form. Please also include the HR Director from your agency HR Office on the form so
he or she can be notified if your employee is chosen as a winner.