Governor Wolf Recognizes State Employees, Proclaims May 10 “State Employee Recognition Day”

May 10, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – In honor of the contributions of state employees to Pennsylvania and its residents, Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed today, May 10, as ‘State Employee Recognition Day.’

“Today, we thank our family members, friends and neighbors who have chosen careers in public service to our commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “We are proud of the work they do and the positive impact they have on the quality of life of our citizens.”

Governor Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf greeted hundreds of state employees outside the Capitol Building in Harrisburg last evening during an event to thank them for their service.

In his proclamation, Wolf gives examples of the many duties state employees fulfill, such as protecting public safety and health, caring for the less fortunate, maintaining safe roads, enforcing laws, safeguarding the environment, licensing professionals and businesses, preserving our historical, natural and cultural resources.

The governor also praised state employees for their generosity through the annual State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA), which raises over $3 million for charitable organizations each year.

“State employees are at the heart of government that works,” said Wolf. “Through our GO-TIME initiative, we are gathering ideas from employees and giving them the tools they need to improve how work gets done and save millions of dollars for taxpayers.”


May 10, 2017

WHEREAS, commonwealth employees are dedicated public servants who perform their jobs with professionalism, compassion, and pride; and

WHEREAS, commonwealth employees are responsible for protecting public safety and health, caring for the less fortunate, enforcing laws, safeguarding the environment, building and maintaining roads, promoting economic growth, licensing professionals and businesses, preserving our historical and cultural resources; and

WHEREAS, millions of Pennsylvanians benefit from the services provided each day by Commonwealth employees; and

WHEREAS, commonwealth employees support Government that Works in Pennsylvania by serving as responsible stewards of taxpayer funds and joining in efforts to improve operations and enhance service delivery throughout state agencies; and

WHEREAS, many commonwealth employees support the well-being of their communities through acts of volunteerism and charity, including contributing millions of dollars to nearly one thousand worthwhile organizations through the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) and donating hundreds of gifts to families and seniors through the Holiday Wish Program; and

WHEREAS, the Governor’s Awards for Excellence program recognizes commonwealth employees for exemplary job performance or service that reflects initiative, leadership, innovation and increased efficiency; and

WHEREAS, on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, it is with great pride that I recognize the contributions of Commonwealth employees as part of national public employee appreciation efforts during the week of May 7-13.

THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim May 10, 2017 as STATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAY in Pennsylvania and I encourage all citizens to express gratitude to our state employees for their dedication to public service.


Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.

Governor Wolf Proclamation — State Employee Recognition Day, 2017 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd

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