On Thursday May 10, 2012 the City of Laurel held its seventeenth annual employee awards ceremony and luncheon at the Partnership Activity Center.
At the ceremony the City recognized the following employees for their years of service to the City: PFC Amirah Ali-Dinar, Robert Bain, Jack Brock, PFC Thomas Brooks, John Chenault, Thomas Helms, Steven Jones II, PFC Stephen Sarver and PFC Mark Schmidt for completing five years; Jeffrey Alexander, Cpl. Erik Eagle, Cathy Harvey, Cpl. John Mrozek, Sgt. Jordan Perretta, and Jimmy Smith for completing ten years; David Bowen, Denise Johnson and Joan Noland, for completing 15 years; Robin Cooch, Beverly Johnson-Conaway, PFC Stephen Crass, and Clayton Wright for completing 20 years; Sgt. Walter King and Chief Richard McLaughlin for completing 25 years, and Duane Plumley for completing 30 years and Martin Flemion and Michael Lhotsky for completing 35 years of service.
This year the City’s Risk Management Committee recognized 9 employees who have observed safe work habits on the job and remained accident free for six months, 10 remained accident free for 12 months, 10 remained accident free for 18 months, 7 remained accident free for 24 months, 7 remained accident free for 30 months, 6 remained accident free for 36 months, 12 remained accident free for 42 months, 9 remained accident free for 48 months, 9 remained accident free for 54 months, 7 remained accident free for 60 months and 76 remained accident free since the program began 66 months ago. Each eligible full time employee received a certificate and $25 and eligible part-time employees received a certificate and $15 for their efforts to enhance and promote safety.
The City’s Team Achievement Award is established to recognize those employee teams who have made a significant contribution to their Department or to the City. This year one team was recognized for their efforts in responding to a murder suicide that occurred in September 2011. The group included PCS Robert Bain, PFC Zachery Barry, PFC Charles Boswell, Capt. Patrick Bray, PFC Thomas Brooks, PFC Adam Cheek, PIO James Collins, Sgt. Jonathan Craig, PFC Stephen Crass, Capt. Carl DeWalt, Cpl. Bradley DiPietro, Cpl. Erik Eagle, Kevin Frost, Sgt. John Hamilton, PFC Anton Iotov, Cpl. Stephen Ivory, Cpl. Joseph Johnson, PFC Theresa Kelliher, PCS Brianne Kleinschmidt, PIO Carreen Koubek, David Maczis, Major Keith Mapp, Chief Richard McLaughlin, Sgt. Anthony Miskovish, Sgt. Jordan Perretta, PFC Mark Schmidt, PFC Michael Spencer, and MPO Jeffrey VanCleave. Each received a certificate and a check for $100 for their contributions.
The Meritorious Service Award is intended to go to those employees who have distinguished themselves by making a significant contribution to their Department, to the City or to co-workers during the year. This year five employees were recognized with a plaque and a check for $250.
Henry Florian, an Automotive Mechanic in the Department of Public Works, was honored for his efforts in preparing additions to the Police fleet for service and the energy and enthusiasm he brings to his assignments.
Andrea Pickett, a Fiscal Specialist in the Department of Budget and Personnel Services, was recognized for her efforts to complete the detailed State application for a $2.86 million bond sale and submit it within the strict deadline.
PFC Adam Cheek a newly assigned detective in the Criminal Investigations Division, was honored for investigating more cases, having more arrests and warrants and more case closures than any other detective in the unit.
Charlie Nickell, a Crew Leader in the Department of Public Works received an award for his skill in applying line stripping and special pavement markings with paint or thermoplastics and his special efforts to train a co-worker for taking his CDL driver test.
Bill Bailey, Superintendent of Parks and Facilities in the Department of Parks and Recreation, was recognized for his considerable efforts to manage the renovations of the new Parks and Recreation Maintenance facility.
The Employee of the Year Award is established to promote excellence in public service and recognize those employees who, throughout the year, have displayed the highest standards of performance and conduct. This year five employees were each recognized with a plaque and a check for $500.
Mike Kirk, an Equipment Operator in the Department of Public Works was honored for his skill, especially with the Street Sweeper, and consistently exceeding the expectations of his supervisors in all of his assignments.
Pat Walsh, a Code Enforcement Specialist by the Department of Community Planning and Business Services, was honored for maintaining a professional attitude and an eagerness to continue doing his job throughout a period of illness.
PFC Charles Boswell, an officer in the Police Department, was honored for his taking on a variety of special training and responsibilities while producing arrest statistics that place him in the top 5% of the Department.
Steven Odette, Grounds Foreman in the Department of Parks and Recreation, was honored for his consistent dependability and positive attitude and for his special landscaping efforts at the Police Station and Parks and Recreation Maintenance Facility.
Joseph Ajayi, Project Manager in the Department of Public Works, was honored for his role as mediator dealing with resident concerns or complaints, contractors and utilities including the WSSC, BGE and Prince Georges County.
The Kristie M. Mills Leadership Award was awarded to David Cope, City Fire Marshal for the leadership he has provided to his inspection staff; for the leadership he has displayed locally by introducing legislation to ban the sale of novelty lighters in the City and to teach area school children about fire prevention and safety; and at the State level for his efforts at the Maryland Fire Marshal’s Subcommittee. In recognition Mr. Cope received a plaque and a check for $300.
The City’s highest honor, the Mayor’s Award, went to Sara Green, Office Manager in the Department of Community Planning and Business Services. In the presentation Mayor Moe cited her cooperative working relationships with her supervisors, peers and subordinates as well as the public, developers and others in outside agencies that enable her to ensure the smooth operation of her department. Sara is always ready to serve the City well; from the extremely efficient day-to-day management of her department to the often ill-timed requests from the administration, she always finds the answer. Sara is responsive and approaches assignments with a positive, “can-do” attitude. Sara is truly an example for others to follow. For her efforts Ms. Green received a plaque and a check for $1,000.