Awards & Honors

North Richland Hills employees are dedicated to providing the best service to our citizens. This dedication can be seen in the many regional, state and national awards and honors the city has received.

Recent Awards & Honors

Budget & Finance 

  • The city earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award  and Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. 
  • Staff earned the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Purchasing Institute. This is the 9th year the Purchasing Division has received the award. 
  • 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.

Economic Development 

  • Staff earned a Certificate of Economic Excellence from the Texas Economic Development Council. 

Fire Department 

  • North Richland Hills Fire-Rescue was awarded Best Practices Recognition Status from the Texas Fire Chiefs Association. To be considered for this award, the department must meet or exceed numerous standards in the areas of Administration and Organization, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Prevention, Risk Reduction, Community Outreach, Safety and Health, and Professional Standards and Conduct. Only 16 departments in the state have achieved this recognition.

Fleet Services

  • Fleet Services was ranked as one of North America’s Top 100 Fleet Departments. Criteria for the award includes use of technology, collaboration, service turnaround time, performance and accountability. North Richland Hills ranked 38 this year. The department also earned honorable mention as a Top 100 Green Fleet in North America.
  • Fleet Services was awarded the Silver Fleet Award from North Central Texas Council of Governments for reduction of petroleum consumption.

Keep NRH Beautiful

  • The Keep NRH Beautiful Commission was certified as a Keep America Beautiful affiliate. 
  • Keep NRH Beautiful earned Keep Texas Beautiful’s Gold Star Affiliate and Sustained Excellence Awards.


  • The Library earned the Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. Only 52 of the 548 Texas public libraries were awarded this honor. 

Parks & Recreation

  • NRH2O Family Water Park was recognized as one of the 10 Best Amusement Parks and Water Parks in Texas by the research firm HomeSnacks and one of the Best in DFW by USA Today.
  • NRH2O Family Water Park was awarded the Wave Review Award from the World Water Park Association for Best Print Media.
  • Adventure World Playground was named #7 on a list of the 12 Coolest Destination Playgrounds in Texas.
  • The NRH Centre Aquatics Team received the Gold International Aquatic Safety Award from Ellis & Associates, an international aquatic safety and risk management firm dedicated to the prevention and elimination of drowning.
  • Richland Tennis Center Manager, David Webb was recognized with a United States Professional Tennis Association “Star Award”. 
  • The Texas Recreation & Parks Society North Region recognized the NRH Signal Art Program with the Arts & Humanities Programming Achievement Award.
  • Dianne Spradling, Common Ground Community Garden Coordinator Volunteer and Park Board Member, was awarded the “Supreme Service” award through the DFW Parks and Recreation Directors Association for her tireless volunteer work managing the operations of the community garden. Dianne has volunteered more than 8400 hours to the garden and helped secure thousands of dollars in sponsorships for the garden.

Planning & Development

  • Staff earned a Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Police Department 

  • Officer Chris Morgan was recognized as the State of Texas Crisis Intervention Team Mental Health Officer of the Year.
  • The Police Department’s SHIELD Program was recognized during Police Week Ceremonies in Washington DC as a finalist for the Destination Zero Award. This award recognizes programs that improve the health and safety of law enforcement officers across the country.

Public Works

  • NRH Public Works employees Justin Dean, Bennie Frazier, Chris Legg, Chris Dunlop and Robert Burgess were recognized as the best in the nation in wastewater operations by the Water Environment Federation. They earned first place for their knowledge and skills in 5 areas including Wastewater Collection, Wastewater Laboratory, Pump Maintenance, Regulatory and Process Control, and Safety and Confined Spaces.

Prior Awards & Honors