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.

2020 Awards & Honors

Budget & Finance 

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

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 

The city and its Economic Development Department received two awards from the International Economic Development Council, a Washington D.C. based industry organization representing over 5,000 professionals. Out of a pool of nearly 500 entries, the annual awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs, projects and partnerships. These awards honor both organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities. The city’s work on City Point received a Silver Award for Creative Financing and a Bronze Award for Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse.

Fleet Services

NRH Fleet was recognized as one of the “Best 100 Fleets in the Americas for 2020,” coming in at #83.The Top 100 Fleet award is for government fleets of which there are more than 38,000 public fleets in North America alone and thousands more in South America.

Human Resources

The city was presented the Bronze Workplace Health Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for building a culture of health and wellness in the city’s workplace.

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. 


The NRH Library earned the Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. 

Parks & Recreation

Richland Tennis Center Manager David Webb was awarded the 2020 USPTA Texas Large Facility Manager of the Year Award. David was chosen out of hundreds of large tennis facility operators across the state. David’s dedication to the community, passion for the lifetime sport of tennis, and his heart to serve all he encounters both locally, regionally, and across the state are only a few hallmarks of this award honor. 

NRH2O Family Water Park maintained great reviews and ratings on Yelp all while navigating a difficult 2020 season. This was due to the customer service our staff demonstrated during operation with our new COVID procedures and how they individually handled each guest's concern after the season ended early. Yelp awarded NRH2O the “2020 People Love Us On Yelp” recognition, which is only awarded to the most highly rated and best-reviewed businesses on Yelp.

Planning & Development

The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association choose the Vision2030 Transportation Plan as a recipient of the Chapter's 2020 Transportation Achievement Award - Gold.  

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, Elected & Appointed Officials and exemplary professional standards demonstrated by Planning Staff. NRH has received the Certificate of Planning Excellence for ten consecutive years. 

Police Department 

The Police Department was recognized for recertification in the Texas Police Chiefs Association Best Practices Recognition Program. This program recognizes agencies that meet or exceed 166 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. Annual reports to show continuing compliance with several performance-related standards are required and recertification takes place every four years.

Officer Matt Boyd received the MADD Hero Award for his work in keeping intoxicated drivers off the streets. 

Dispatcher Haley Hansen received the Stork Award from Tarrant County 9-1-1 for delivering a baby via 9-1-1. 

Dispatcher Jeylan Peet was recognized by Richland Hills Police for her outstanding efforts in assisting in a high-scale investigation that lead to the arrest of a fugitive.

NRH SWAT Negotiators earned 4th place in a statewide competition. 

K-9 Officers Chris Lizak and Tom Bulger, along with K-9s Koba and Breta, were recognized by the US Postal Inspection Service for outstanding service and partnership this year. 

Prior Awards & Honors