Below is a text version of the 2013 State Employee Recognition Day Proclamation. A copy of the official proclamation (.pdf, 1 p, 192 KB - link opens in a new window) may be viewed on the Secretary of State's website.
The text of the proclamation reads as follows:
State of Oklahoma
Whereas, Oklahoma state government employees make significant contributions to the well-being and quality of life for all citizens of our state; and
Whereas, Oklahoma’s state employees preserve public safety and the health of our citizens; protect our clean air and water; care for less fortunate members of society; rehabilitate and counsel people in need; preserve our economic well-bring by attracting and supporting commerce; build and maintain our highways, schools, and other infrastructure; administer justice; protect citizens’ rights; care for victims of crimes; inspect our food; license our cars; help educate our children; make remarkable advances in medicine, science, and technology; and handle a host of other essential duties entrusted to them by the public; and
Whereas, in these challenging economic times, the employees of the state of Oklahoma perform their duties with professionalism, compassion, integrity, and true commitment to those they serve, while continually seeking ways to cut costs and utilize taxpayer resources wisely; and
Whereas, it is appropriate to set aside a day during Public Employee Recognition Week to honor and recognize all state employees and provide our citizenry an opportunity to learn more about their state government and the exceptional employees who serve them; and
Whereas, Oklahoma is privileged to join other states across the nation on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, to express special recognition and gratitude to our state employees for their tremendous efforts, sacrifices, and unselfish spirit of dedication to the citizens of our state;
Now, therefore, I, Mary Fallin, Governor of the State of Oklahoma, do hereby proclaim May 8, 2013, as
“State Employee Recognition Day”
in the state of Oklahoma.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma to be affixed.
Done at the Capitol, in the City of Oklahoma City, this 18th day of April, in the Year of Our Lord two thousand and thirteen, and the State of Oklahoma in the one hundred and fifth year.
[original signed by] Larry Parman, Secretary of State
[original signed by] Mary Fallin, Governor