Each year, people in the community have an opportunity to submit a nomination form for their peers who have contributed to the community. Seven categories are available for nomination and a special category, Honorary Citizen of the Year, is available for a person / organization who does not reside in Rock Island but has contributed to the good of the community. An overall Citizen of the Year is also chosen from the winners of the individual categories.
The categories include:
Honorary Citizen of the Year
Please note: The Honorary Citizen of the Year is not eligible to be the overall winner.
The winners are announced at the first City Council meeting in August. At the last City Council meeting in August, the winners are honored at a reception, awards are presented by the Mayor and committee members, and the overall Citizen of the Year is announced. The winners ride in the annual Labor Day Parade, and the overall Citizen of the Year is appointed grand marshal of the parade.