The recipients of the Monte M. Lemann Award, presented annually by the Louisiana Civil Service League, will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, according to the league’s president, George V. Young.

The award is presented to people outside the classified civil service system who have made the greatest contribution to the advancement of the merit system of public employment in Louisiana.

This 50th annual awards luncheon will be held at noon at the Doubletree Hotel in New Orleans. The award is given annually as a memorial to Lemann, who was a staunch defender of the merit civil service law in its formative years.

The award winners for 2015 are:

Brian J. Burke, of Mandeville. An attorney, he was appointed to the Mandeville Police Employees Civil Service Board and the Mandeville Municipal Employees Civil Service Board by the Covington Bar Association in 2011.

Robert “Bob” Dublan, of St. Charles Parish. An employee of St. Charles Parish for almost 20 years, he is assistant director of the St. Charles Parish Public Works Department.

Richard M. Hollier Jr., of Opelousas. A member of the Opelousas Municipal Civil Service Commission since 1986, he is a past president of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts and has served with the St. Landry Soil and Water Conservation District for 47 years.

James H. Napper II, of Baton Rouge. Recently retired from his position as executive counsel of the Louisiana Department of the Treasury, he served under former state Treasurer Ken Duncan and current Treasurer John Kennedy.

Dr. Michael Strain, of Covington. Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry since 2008, he also served two terms as a state representative. He is the owner of the Claiborne Hill Veterinary Hospital with his wife, Susan.

Daniel Edmond Sullivan, of New Orleans. Executive vice president of the Louisiana Civil Service League, he is credited with the creation, passage, improvement and protection of a vast majority of the parochial and municipal merit civil service systems in existence in Louisiana today.

This year’s winners bring the total number of recipients to 243 since 1965. Tickets to this year’s luncheon are available at the league’s New Orleans office by calling (504) 522-3875.