City of Clinton employees were recognized for their dedicated service during the city’s annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon, and a couple longtime employees will be bidding farewell after 30 years.
About 100 employees enjoyed a catered meal provided by Sandpiper Seafood at the Bellamy Center on Friday, May 6. The luncheon served to once again recognize employees who garnered praise in the past year, including 2015 Employee of the Year Belinda Parker, and Employee of the Year nominees Stacey Ray, Joy Culbreth and Ashley Blackmon. Also recognized were Firefighter of the Year Clark Strickland and Police Officer of the Year Matt Bland.
Retirees Terry Ammons, who worked in the city’s Waste Treatment Department, and Henry Herring, who worked in Water and Sewer, were also honored for their service.
At the luncheon, city department heads gave out service pins to their loyal employees, ranging from 5-year to 30-year pins. Public Works manager Tony Steffen and Water and Sewer stalwart Bennett Honeycutt were each honored for 30 years of service, along with Human Resources director Lisa Carter. Steffen will be retiring at the end of this month, while Honeycutt will hang it up at the end of June.
Public Works director Jeff Vreugdenhil lauded his employees for their tremendous contributions to the department, and the city as a whole.
City clerk Elaine Hunt, Billy Draughon with Cemetery and Grounds and Ray Bolton with Water and Sewer were each praised for 25 years of service, while Police Sgt. Robbie King was honored for his 20 years.
Also receiving service pins were:
• For 15 years — Eddie Carter (Police Department); Andrew Atkinson (Streets); and Todd Solice (Fire)
• For 10 years — Salah O’Neill, Alpha Clowney and Robert Dalton (Police); Earl Faison (Recreation); Steve Shipp (Streets); Dexter Wilson (Water and Sewer)
• For 5 years — Brittany Locklear and Kenneth Bland (Police); Pam Faison (Finance); Jonathan Mouldon (Water and Sewer); Chris Norris and Matthew Booth (Fire); and Lisa Osthues (Waste Treatment)
At the end of the ceremony, City manager Shawn Purvis shared his appreciation for everyone’s service to the City of Clinton day in and day out.
“Thank you,” he said, “for everything you do.”
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