Celebrating Our State Service

DHS Director's Message
Message from DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht​

May 7, 2018

My initial director’s message in September began like this:

“From my first moment on the job as Director, I heard and felt the pride and passion DHS staff have for our work.”

As I continue my visits around the state, you continue to tell me your work is rewarding as well as challenging. And that it is a privilege to help your fellow Oregonians in need. It’s time for us all to celebrate and recognize your contribution.

This week Oregon joins states across the nation in celebrating Public Service Recognition Week. This week is set aside annually to honor public employees and to educate the public about the many ways government workers make life better for all Americans.

Governor Brown signed a State Employee Recognition Day proclamation yesterday a​nd shares her gratitude for the work you do as ambassadors of public service. You can watch a recording of the event online​.

You can also actively participate in Public Service Recognition Week. Print the attached photo card, write a message about why you’re proud to serve and share that on social media. Use the hashtag #GoodWorkORDHS or #ORService. While you’re at it, use this time to send an acknowledgment to fellow public servants who have made an impression on you.

As we begin this week of recognition I am reminded that it’s that desire to help people reach their full potential that connects us all. It is my privilege to help you, help others, and to bring us closer together as an organization in service to Oregonians.​