Municipal employees honored for service, longevity
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Fire department secretary selected as employee of the year
The city of Wylie recently held its annual employee awards luncheon honoring employees for outstanding service and longevity.
Wylie Fire-Rescue secretary Cheryl Smith was named the city’s Employee Of The Year.
“It is hard to begin describing this individual who has an amazing ability to keep a multitude of balls juggling in the air,” said City Manager Mindy Manson in announcing Smith’s award.
Smith “manages to keep a, some would say, high maintenance department in check and in budget, puts countless hours into work for the Wylie community coordinating the documentation, collection and distribution of toys and funds for needy families. One nomination form said that Reach For A Star may not happen without her coordination and management,” Manson said.
Record Clerk Alicia Barbosa was named Customer Service Employee of The Year.
Barbosa, Manson said, “is said to help with everything. She has been instrumental in the success of the Citizen Police Academy and the alumni group. She is well known for doing numerous behind-the-scenes tasks and always does them with a smile.”
The Newcomer of the Year award went to Recreation Supervisor Carmen Powlen.
Manson said Powlen received numerous votes for the title and has “brought a sense of happiness and fun to her division.”
“She is thoughtful, and her progressive attitude has transformed our community center,” Manson said.
Kevin England, street department crew leader, received the “Mr. Dependable” Award.
“No matter what he is asked, this ‘Mr. Dependable’ tries to get results,” Manson said. “He works hard and truly cares about the city of Wylie and each Wylie resident. He works tirelessly on the annual Reach for a Star program and puts his heart into every task he performs.”
Assistant Finance Director Melissa Beard was recognized with “The Go To Award.”
“When staff has a question, they depend on correct and fast information,” Manson said.
Beard has a high standard of ethics, is knowledgeable, and provides quick responses, Manson said. She is also willing to “help others at the drop of a hat,” the city manager said.
Leisa Price, a building inspection permit technician, earned the “Can Do Award.”
Price has made a significant impact on her co-workers, Manson said. “She is said to have a ‘can-do’ attitude, sharp creativity, and her unfailing willingness to help shows that [she is] a picture-perfect example of the city’s mission statement,” Manson said.
Earning the tongue-in-cheek title of the “Thelma and Louise of Wylie” were Pat Mitchell and Wendy Young, both code enforcement officers.
They “have changed the face of Wylie,” Manson said, revamping their division and cleaning up the city.
“They are always willing to help other departments and don’t know the word no, unless perhaps with a non-compliant citizen.”
Marking five years of employment with the city are: Jose Arellano, Edwin Barney, Chris Campbell, David Carter, Cory Claborn, Felicia Condry, Shone Doville, Noe Flores, Albert Garza, Richard Hollien, Clayton Jones, Joseph McGriggs, Monty Morgan, Renae’ Ollie, Venece Perepiczka, Jeff Pynes, Cheryl Roberts, Jeremy Stone, Brandon Storm, Matthew Tripp, Gayle Walton and Jody Webb.
Those celebrating 10 years of city of Wylie service are: Frances Anderhub, Rob Diaz, Anthony Henderson, Randy Hooker, Lisa Laird, Ernest Ramirez, Curtis Smith and Tommy Walters.
James Brown, Julie Gilbert and Scott Stowers have reached their 15-year anniversary as city of Wylie employees.
Hitting the 20-year milestone are Mike Atkison and Jeff Scribner.
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