Employee Core Value Awards

The City of Brownwood core values are represented by "I S.E.R.V.E." standing for Integrity, Service, Excellence, Respect, Vision, and Empathy. Read more in-depth about each core value here. 


Sweet Ride

This award is for an employee who takes pride and care of the vehicle or equipment he/she is responsible for. It is shown in the physical cleanliness of the inside and outside and attention to the preventive maintenance needed. Bonus points for the smell! It does not have to be a newer vehicle, in fact, the older the vehicle, the more TLC needed. This award is not reserved for pick-ups and cars only; it may be a tractor, excavator, dump truck, etc.

Core Value: Excellence, Respect

Bright Idea 

This is our innovation award. An employee who demonstrates vision by developing an idea to make life better for the citizens of Brownwood or work more efficient for City of Brownwood employees. For example: a streamlined process, new service, creativity.

Core Value: Service, Vision

Safety First 

This award is given to someone who is known for going that “extra mile” regarding safety. Recognition for excellence regarding safety through actions throughout the year or recognition for a specific act that may have saved someone from an injury.

Core Value: Integrity, Excellence

Service Hero

This award is given to a City staff member who demonstrates outstanding personal interaction dealing with the public and internal employees. It is reflected in the tone of voice, attitude, and information sharing.

Core Value: Service, Excellence, Respect, Empathy

Penny Pincher

 This award is given to a City staff member who helped save the City money. It may be rehabbing equipment to last longer, efficient use of materials or supplies, or value engineering a project. It may be a large one-time savings or long-term continual impact. The more creative idea, the better.

Core Value: Integrity, Vision

Good Samaritan

This award is given to an employee who went above and beyond to help someone else with a significant need. It may be as a result of an interaction on-the-job or off- duty. It is usually tied to a specific incident in which the employee invests his/her own time and money with nothing in return.

Core Value: Service, Empathy


This award is given to a staff member who excels in training employees, not just in specific job duties, but in overall career development and character. A Coach takes special interest in the person he/she is responsible for.

Core Value: Integrity, Excellence, Respect, Vision, Empathy

High Five 

This is the teamwork award. It goes to a person who is always lifting everyone’s spirits, encouraging them when they are down, and pushing the team to accomplish its goals. This person cares more about the success of the team than their individual preferences. 

Core Value: Service, Excellence, Empathy



This award is given to a City staff member who has worked for the City less than two years, and has exceeded expectations. This may be demonstrated in acquiring certifications above what is required, promotion or overall skill level and teamwork. In addition to outstanding performance, the Rookie displays all of the City’s Core Values.

Core Values: Integrity, Service, Excellence, Respect, Vision, Empathy


This award is given to a City staff member who takes initiative and is known for taking care of business. This is shown through high productivity, but must be paired with excellence, safety, and teamwork. It may be demonstrated through contributions outside of their primary job, such as helping a co-worker or another department without being asked.

​Core Value: Service, Excellence, Vision

  1. 2020 Awardees
  2. 2019 AWARDEES
  3. 2018 AWARDEES

Bright Idea Award:

Ken Smith with the Lehnis Railroad Museum

Brownwood Firefighters John Cadenhead, Jonathan Hubbard, Kyle Whitley, and Trent Thompson

Coach Award:

Kevin Reeves

Randy Sherfield

Good Samaritan Award:

The Senior Citizens Center team of Angie Dees, Don Henry, Carrie Ballard, Amanda Bronniman, Kenneth Taylor, Scot Davis, Fernando Mosqueda, Weldon Chaney, Clara Renfroe, and Dorsey Holsinger

High Five Award:

Crystal Buitron

Jenny Yazell

Rookie Award:

Jeremy Balderrama

Stewart Stonger

Jeremy Williams

Service Hero Award:

The Brownwood-Brown County Health Department team of Ashley Belez, Pixie Clark, Brittany Craddock, Sydney Horton, Cliffton Karnes, Tanya Martinez, Cassandra Mendez, Cynthia Minchey, Lindsey Morris, Shiela Fields, Ashlyn Parks, Daniel Wright


Jose Gonzalez

Sweet Ride Award:

Michael Blanton

Billy Lawson

Safety First Award:

Shane Humphries

Tanner Brown

Git-R-Done Award:

Jonna Acosta

Kevin Barnett

Chris Hinojosa

Jerry Wetherholt

Michelle Ezra