Core Values - R.I.S.E.

City of McKinney Core Values


Our Work Is Driven by Our Values


The City of McKinney core values were created by the employees to represent the staff.

The city held 49 small group meetings so employees could provide input to senior leadership on guiding core organizational values. Every department was included and a total of 587 employees participated and suggested values. The 128 suggested values were ranked and consolidated into one strong set of guiding core values: Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence (R.I.S.E).

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Respect. We support a healthy work environment.



  • We value and respect each other.
  • We are loyal, dependable and empathetic teammates.
  • We embrace inclusion, diversity, fairness and open communication.
  • We are trusted by our leaders to use judgment, take risks and make decisions.
  • We foster a family-oriented culture that includes understanding, support, balance and fun.

Integrity. We model ethical behavior.



  • We are honest.
  • We do the right thing, always.
  • We are open and transparent in our words and actions.
  • We hold ourselves and co-workers accountable to high ethical standards.
  • We appropriately question actions that may be inconsistent with our core values.
  • We are committed to building and maintaining trust in one another and our community.

Service. We are selfless public servants.



  • We serve and help others.
  • We are caring and compassionate.
  • We treat everyone the way we wish to be treated.
  • We deliver exceptional service to internal and external customers.
  • We are led by servant leaders, at all levels, who care about and support us.
  • We never forget that we exist to make McKinney a better place to live, work and raise a family.

Excellence. We are competent and dedicated.



  • We pursue excellence.
  • We search for opportunities to learn and grow.
  • We are accountable for our work and always do our very best.
  • We are given challenging work by leaders who empower and support us.
  • We are responsible stewards who embrace innovation, efficiency and improvement.
  • We are a unified team that supports the goals and vision established by our elected officials.