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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2011

City employees honored at public sector recognition ceremony

Seven employees and one project team from the City of Kansas City, Mo., were honored in a variety of categories at the Federal Executive Boards’ 18th Annual Public Employee Recognition Day awards ceremony May 4.

The event was part of National Public Service Recognition Week, which honors the men and women who serve as federal, state and local government employees.

Mayor Sly James addressed those in attendance, and Interim City Manager Troy Schulte presented City employees with their awards.

Recipients from the City were as follows:

Shana Marsh, Human Resources Department, was recognized with the Distinguished Administrative/Professional Service Award. Marsh is the fiscal officer for the City’s Human Resources Department and was nominated for process and system improvements she has made within Human Resources, as well as the valuable contributions she makes as a volunteer for the International Public Management Association for Human Resources.

Candice Jackson, Municipal Court, was recognized with the Distinguished Clerical Service Award. Johnson is a Call Center customer service representative and was nominated for exhibiting an incredible level of personal initiative, professionalism and unwavering dedication to creating efficiencies within City government.

Monica Sanders, Neighborhood and Community Services Department, was recognized with the Distinguished Community Services Award. Sanders, an analyst in the Human Services Division, was nominated for her efforts in support of the division’s mission of providing a comprehensive social service system to address the immediate and long-term needs of the community’s most vulnerable populations, as well as her commitment to volunteerism.

Sherry VanWinkle, Parks and Recreation Department, was recognized with the Distinguished Leadership Award. VanWinkle, the CFO for the department, was nominated for the consistent oversight, performance and dedication that she exhibits that distinguishes her as a conscientious and energetic pioneer in the fields of leadership and management.

Michelle Hardiman, Kansas City Fire Department, was recognized with the Distinguished Public Safety Award. Hardiman, an executive assistant, was recognized for being a model of consistency, honesty, integrity and professionalism as she carries out critical administrative work support of public safety operations and activities for the City’s Fire Department.

The Public Works Department’s Street and Traffic Division was recognized with the Distinguished Team Award. The division was nominated for their snow removal response during the extreme winter season of 2010-11 that delivered greater than normal snowfall and blizzard conditions. During these storms, the City was able to minimize the impact of winter weather on motorists and prevent what could have been a crippling event. The integration of Automatic Vehicle Location systems in the City’s snow removal fleet was noted as a major contributor to the team’s ability to respond.

James Wang, Capital Projects Department, was recognized with the Distinguished Technical Service Award. Wang, a project manager, was nominated for the professional manner in which he works with internal staff as well as state agencies, elected officials and other stakeholders to find solutions to challenging issues in addition to his initiative to take on responsibilities out of a sense of duty and responsibility.

Jason Findley, Kansas City Police Department, was recognized with the Distinguished Valor Award. Findley, an officer with the department, was nominated for his heroic effort and concern for the safety of the public while off-duty the morning of Nov. 30, 2009. Despite a lack of protective equipment, upon discovering an overturned truck that was leaking hydrochloric acid, Officer Findley took control of the scene to direct motorists to safety and called dispatchers to warn of the safety hazard that would confront responders to the scene. Though suffering respiratory damage from the hydrochloric acid fumes, he is now nearly fully recovered. In addition to this most recent award, Officer Findley was awarded the KCPD Medal of Valor, a Chief’s Letter of Appreciation, two Chief’s Letters of Commendation and three Commander Letters of Commendation.

Media requests for more information about this should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer, at 816-513-2659.

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