Leola Hanbury Award

Recognizing past Council member Leola Hanbury's wishes, the City of Isle of Palms has established the criteria for the "Leola Hanbury Employee of the Year Recognition Award." Ms. Hanbury gifted over $25,000 dollars to the City she loved so dearly in order create the "Employee of the Year Award."

The $500 award may be given annually to one employee displaying exemplary service, going above and beyond normal job requirements and expectations, demonstrated integrity and a strong commitment to the City of Isle of Palms.

Nomination Process:
Individuals may be nominated by their supervisors, peers and citizens of the City of Isle of Palms. Nominations must include a narrative letter of support that addresses one or more of the criteria listed and provide evidence of the nominee's excellence performance by the employee. All nominations will be confidential and should be submitted to the Human Resources Officer in City Hall at 1207 Palm Boulevard via U.S Postal Service, personally delivered or emailed to Janice Ladd at jladd@iop.net

Award Review Committee:
The Personnel Committee, Mayor, City Administrator and the Human Resource Manager will evaluate all nominations and select the recipient of the award. The award may be announced at the annual Employee Recognition event.

The award is limited to employees in good standing with the City and have been employed for a minimum of two (2) years.

Award Selection Criteria:

  • Exemplary achievement and performance - Consistently and substantially exceeds the expectations of the position, performing at a level above and beyond normal job requirements and expectations; has made important and significant contributions in their area; contributes and demonstrates commitment to the City of Isle of Palms.
  • Excellence in customer service and personal interaction - Consistently and substantially demonstrates an ability and willingness to work positively, respectfully, and effectively with others; has significantly improved customer service or has increased citizen satisfaction in their area; demonstrates ability and willingness to manage changes in work priorities, procedures, and organization; demonstrates exceptional ability to foster collaboration, communication, and cooperation among colleagues and members of the Isle of Palms community.
  • Development of an innovative and creative idea that improves quality of service and reduces cost – Developed or significantly improved a work process or system that has significantly increased the efficiency of an operation of a program/department; consistently seeks to improve the quality of work assigned; demonstrates efforts to expand work responsibilities; significant improvements in citizen services or enhanced citizen satisfaction.

Application deadline:


Leola Hanbury Employee of the Year Award Recipients


2015      Rob Graham 

2019      Russell Roper 

2020      All City Employees 

2021      All City Employees 

2022      Debbie Schimsa Suggs 

2023      Robert Asero