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.

2021 Awards & Honors

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 Secretary

The NRH City Secretary’s Office earned the Texas Municipal Clerk Association's Achievement of Excellence Award. This award is given to those who meet or exceed statutory requirements and best practices in 12 areas including records management, government transparency, open meetings, elections, training and more. Only 43 cities across the state have been given this recognition.

Economic Development

The NRH Economic Development Department was presented the International Economic Development Council’s Bronze Award in recognition of the city’s Business Improvement & Growth (BIG) program, which promotes real estate redevelopment and reuse.

NRH was one of 50 cities to receive the Economic Excellence Award from the Texas Economic Development Council, which recognizes exceptional efforts and professionalism in the economic development industry.

Economic Development Director Craig Hulse  was honored with the Siegrid Charbonnet Community Spirit Award. This award is presented annually to a member of the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce who shows an enthusiastic spirit of cooperation and a consistent community spirit by volunteering time and effort to chamber events and community causes. The recipient is chosen by a vote of the chamber’s general membership. He was also recognized as the November Member of the Month. 

Fleet Services

The Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition presented North Richland Hills with a Bronze Level Fleet Recognition Award and a Shining Star Award for efforts to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

The National Association of Fleet Administrators recognized North Richland Hills as one of the 100 Best Fleets in the Americas. This is the fourth year that North Richland Hills has been included in the top 100, coming in at #71.

Keep NRH Beautiful

Keep NRH Beautiful was named a Gold Star Affiliate by Keep Texas Beautiful and earned the Sustained Excellence Award from the Governor’s Community Achievement Award Program. 


Library Director Cecilia Barham was presented with the Texas Library Association’s Jack Alton Strawn Standing TALL Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership in the workplace, the library community and the community at large.

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

Municipal Court

North Texas Chapter of the Texas Court Clerks Association presented its Excellence Award to NRH Municipal Court Administrator Rebecca Vinson. The award recognizes the accomplishments or services of an individual, group or company who has demonstrated through their actions and exceptional contributions the types of attributes that benefit the entire profession.


North Richland Hills was recertified as a Platinum Level Scenic City through the Scenic City Certification Program. The Scenic City Certification Program recognizes cities for their demonstrated commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and spaces.

Mayor Oscar Trevino was honored with the 2021 Planning Advocate Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association. This award honors an individual who has advanced or promoted the cause of planning in the public arena. Mayor Trevino has been actively involved in community planning at the local and regional level for 20 years, helping to foster the development of quality neighborhoods and community amenities in North Richland Hills and to bring commuter rail and transportation improvements to Northeast Tarrant County. 

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. 

Planning Director Clayton Comstock was selected by the Fort Worth Business Press as one of their 40 Under 40 current and emerging leaders in business and public service.

Other Awards

NRH City Staff were honored with the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce’s Momentum Award. This annual award is presented to an exceptional business or organization that has made a positive impact on the NRH community. Mayor Trevino and the City Council nominated City Staff for this honor because of the staff’s extraordinary efforts to help the community through the unprecedented events of 2020.

The Community Enrichment Center honored the City of North Richland Hills with its Community Partner of the Year Award. 

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition honored Mayor Trevino with a Global Statesman Award.