2019 Awards and Recognitions

City Programs and Departments


5th Healthiest Employer in Oregon

The Portland Business Journal recognized the City of Eugene as the fifth healthiest employer in the State of Oregon with between 1,500 to 4,999 employees.  


Eugene Springfield Fire

  • Above and Beyond Award, Department of Defense

Police Accreditation

The Eugene Police Department earned re-accreditation from the Oregon Accreditation Alliance (OAA). To be accredited, an agency must meet 102 professional standards comprised of over 400 separate requirements contained within those standards. Agencies go through a recertification process every three years. The Oregon Accreditation Alliance is governed by the Oregon Accreditation Alliance Board, comprised of representatives from the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, and the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.


Central Lane 911 received its certificate of accreditation from OAA in 2016, and has a recertification process every three years, with the next date in January 2019.


EPD's Forensics Evidence Unit successfully renewed their accreditation in 2017, after becoming the state's first local lab awarded American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors accreditation in 2013.


Public Works

  • 2019 100 Best Fleets in the Americas Award
    Recognizes and rewards peak-performing fleet operations in the Americas
  • Award of Excellence in Planning, American Society of Landscape Architects (Oregon Chapter)
    Picture. Plan. Play., Eugene’s Parks and Recreation System Plan
  • Bee City USA, An Initiative of the Xerces Society
    The City of Eugene has earned Bee City USA status since 2018
  • Community Partner Award, Friends of Trees 
    Parks and Open Space, Urban Forestry
  • Planning Award, Oregon Recreation and Park Association
    Picture. Plan. Play., Eugene’s Parks and Recreation System Plan
  • Salmon-Safe Parks Certification, Oregon nonprofit Salmon-Safe
    Parks and Open Space
  • Sustainable Practices Award, American Public Works Association (AWPA)
    Parks and Open Space, Wetland Mitigation Program
  • Tree City USA, The Arbor Day Foundation
    The City of Eugene has earned Tree City USA status since 1979

City People

  • Eric Cariaga, Parks and Open Space Technical Specialist, received the Everyday Hero Award from the American Public Works Association
  • Kris Dalmolin, Information Services Director, received the IT Leader of the Year Award from Pink Elephant
  • Travis Hargitt, Parking Operations Supervisor, was named International Parking & Mobility Institutes Supervisor of the Year
  • Sergeant Matt Lowen, Eugene Police Department, was honored with the Oregon Police Officers Association's Medal of Honor
  • Detective Chris Mackey, Eugene Police Department, was named a Next-Gen Leader, 20 Under 40 Rising Business Star by the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Lieutenant Carolyn Mason, Eugene Police Department, was named Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Year at the Northwest Regional CIT Conference
  • Officer Travis Palki, Eugene Police Department, was honored with the Oregon Police Officers Association's Medal of Honor
  • Sergeant Chuck Salsbury, Eugene Police Department, was honored as Delta Rotary Officer of the Year
  • Officer Jesse Smith, Eugene Police Department, was honored with the Oregon Police Officers Association's Life Saving Award

Intergovernmental Award

2019 Outstanding Intergovernmental Team Award, Lane Council of Governments
Awarded to a team of 20 staff members from the City of Eugene and Lane County that worked together to address the emergency needs of unsheltered individuals who were located temporarily at Camp 99. The team successfully established an emergency camp with basic infrastructure in less than 24 hours. At all times, the team showed compassion and respect for each individual. Within the first 48 hours of Camp 99's establishment, more than 100 people were successfully relocated with assistance from Lane County Public Works employees and equipment – and without any need for citations or arrests. Camp 99 was then again successfully transitioned into the new St. Vincent de Paul Dawn to Dawn program.