AUGUSTA — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has recognized 38 state employees for their exceptional service.

LePage delivered welcome remarks Thursday to about three dozen state employees during the event at the Blaine House.

The employees were honored for their commitment to customer service, strong work ethic and willingness to take on new challenges.

The annual William Twarog Awards were created to honor William “Bill” Twarog for his work recognizing state employees who promote quality services, listen to consumer voices and provide a role model for excellence in management.