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Employee of the Year
The City of Norfolk Employee Engagement and Recognition Committee began collecting nominations for the Employee of the Year Award in May. More than a dozen applications were received. A panel of 10 employees reviewed each one and voted for the nominee who exemplified the following criteria:
  • Any permanent full-time or permanent part-time employee may be nominated.
  • Employees must exemplify all of the City of Norfolk core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and respect.
  • Nominators must explain how the nominee has exemplified each of the City’s core values and how they effectively model excellent customer service and professionalism.
  • Nominations may be made by permanent full-time or permanent part-time employees, Department Heads, Supervisors, colleagues, self, City of Norfolk citizens, civic groups and organizations, and business and professional groups.
  • The employee may not have any documented disciplinary actions against them in the nomination calendar year. 
  • Nominations are based upon achievements that have occurred within the year of award year.
  • Performance reviews may be taken into account for nomination evaluations.

Thomas King, Employee of the Year


Upbeat, smiling, pro-active, courteous, innovative, problem-solver, dedicated...These are just a few of the words which filled the many nomination forms for Thomas King, 2014 Employee of the Year!
 
“Thomas is always willing to share ideas and doesn’t mind differing opinions.  He never works around you but with you and always with a smile. Thomas ensures that each and every citizen within a project area is treated with the same high measure of respect.  We frequently receive letters from the public praising his work ethic.”
 
Thomas joined the City in June 2001 in the Water Distribution Department.  He served on the Utilities Water Rodeo team from 2003-2007.  In March of 2007, he became a Construction Inspector I and was promoted to Construction Inspector II in April 2012.  
 
An avid outdoorsman, Thomas is the Top 10 natural bird caller in the state.  He’s an expert at turkey! (Fun fact— this type of calling uses only the person’s mouth and hands.  No artificial tools allowed!) Thomas volunteers his time supporting youth and church-related programs that highlight the outdoor experience.