Awards & Honors

Award-Winning Service

North Richland Hills city employees are committed to providing professional municipal services to our community, and improving government services and delivery. Their dedication is reflected in the many regional, state and national accreditations, awards and honors that city departments have received for excellence in their respective fields. 

In addition to the annual awards listed below, the North Richland Hills Police Department has been a Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation Best Practices Recognition Program Agency since 2011 and the North Richland Hills Fire Department has been a Texas Fire Chiefs Association Best Practices Recognition Program Agency since 2018.

2022 Awards & Honors

The City of North Richland Hills ranked #6 and was the only city in Texas to make Opendoor's list of 15 Best Cities for Families in the U.S.  The list is based on several criteria including great schools, top-notch outdoor amenities like parks and playgrounds, and neighborhoods with a strong community feel, close to big city amenities. 

Budget & Finance

North Richland Hills’ Aa2 and AA+ credit ratings were reaffirmed by Moody’s and S&P, a reflection of the city’s sound financial management and strong economy. 

The city earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

The city earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.

City Council

Mayor Oscar Trevino was honored by the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as their John V. McMillan Hall of Fame Recipient. 

Mayor Trevino was honored as the outgoing chair of the Tarrant County Mayors Council. 

Mayor Pro Tem Tito Rodriguez was honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Northeast Leadership Forum. 

Mayor Pro Tem Tito Rodriguez was honored with the Outstanding Community Partner Award from the Birdville ISD School-to-Work Coalition.

City Secretary

City Secretary / Chief Governance Officer Alicia Richardson was a finalist for the Texas Municipal Clerk of the Year Award. 

Economic Development

The Economic Development Department was honored with a Silver Award from the International Economic Development Council for the Annual Development Report promoting the growth and revitalization of the community.

Fleet Services

Fleet Services won a spot in the Top 100 Best Fleets for the fifth year in a row. They were also honored with the North Central Texas Council of Governments Bronze Award and the Challenge Award for reducing fuel consumption.

Keep NRH Beautiful

Keep NRH Beautiful was a Keep Texas Beautiful Gold Star Affiliate, a Sustained Excellence Award recipient and 2nd Place in the Governor’s Community Achievement Award.


The NRH Library was presented an Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Director’s Association for the seventh consecutive year.

Parks & Recreation

NRH2O Family Water Park was recognized by HomeToGo as the most affordable water park in the nation.


The city earned a Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association, recognizing the commitment to professional planning by City administration and elected and appointed officials and the exemplary professional standards demonstrated by Planning staff. NRH has received the Certificate of Planning Excellence each year since 2011.