TAB Awards

What Is TAB?

Nominate an Employee
The Topeka Above and Beyond Award (TAB) is an employee recognition program in which the employee is nominated by his or her peers and fellow community members.

Award Criteria

  • Must be a current City of Topeka employee
  • Employee actively participates in planning, implementing, and supporting decision-making efforts aimed at improving the working environment for the City of Topeka
  • Develops and presents ideas of cost saving resources that are implemented
  • Goes above and beyond work duty expectations
  • Goes above and beyond normal expectation in representing the City of Topeka government in a positive manner
  • Initiated a project that has significantly improved the community quality of life
  • Actions that go beyond compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Safety actions that go beyond compliance with applicable rules and regulations
  • Exceptional customer service skills when interacting with the public
  • The individual has demonstrated leadership, outstanding achievement, and a lasting commitment to the City of Topeka
  • Creativity in new and innovative methods and procedures
  • Any other exemplary service by an employee act

Award Process

An award will only be given when deserved. Employees may be nominated more than once and receive more than one award per year. If a person from the review committee has been nominated, they will be excused from the committee for the quarter. The committee will serve a 1 year term.
If approved by the committee and city manager, the nominee will be awarded by the city manager at a staff meeting or employee gathering. The nominee will receive a coin and certificate.
The TAB coin

For additional information the TAB Awards and process, email Kelly Baker.

The Committee

The committee shall be comprised of 9 members to serve a 1 year term. The city manager will appoint 1 person from his/her office to serve as chair of the committee. The 9 members will be selected from each of the following departments by their respective director.

  • City Manager’s Office (Chair)
  • Police
  • Fire
  • Public Works
  • Utilities
  • Planning and Development *serve on even years
  • Neighborhood Relations *serve on odd years
  • Legal *serve on even years
  • Municipal Court *serve on odd years
  • Zoo *serve on even years
  • IT *serve on odd years
  • Human Resources *serve on even years
  • Finance *serve on odd years


2019 Committee Members

  • City Manager’s Office (Chair): Kelly Baker
  • Police: LT Robbie Simmons
  • Fire: Dylan Smith, Fire Inspector
  • Public Works: Jaci Vogel
  • Utilities: Ryan Woolaway
  • Neighborhood Relations (serve on odd years): Greg McGivern
  • Municipal Court (serve on odd years): Heather Chilgren
  • IT (serve on odd years): Mark Biswell
  • Finance (serve on odd years): Sheena Smith