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Eight City employees, one team honored at public sector recognition ceremony

The Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board honored eight City of Kansas City, Mo., employees and one City team during its 20th Annual Public Employees Recognition Day awards ceremony today, Tuesday, May 7 at the Municipal Auditorium’s Little Theatre.

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 gave opening remarks with representatives from Jackson County and the Federal Executive Board. City Manager Troy Schulte announced the City’s award winners and Mayor James presented the awards.

Recipients from the City include:

Gary Bronkema, senior administrative assistant with Parks and Recreation, received the Admin/Professional Award for prioritizing work, meeting deadlines and communicating with managers.

Paul Paikowski, assistant division chief with the Fire Department, received the Public Safety Award for delivering emergency medical services and helping people obtain resources and support.

Kevin White with the Police Department received the Valor Award. After responding to a call, he found an unconscious man bleeding from stab wounds and quickly created a compress—a move that saved the man’s life.

La’Shauntae Miller, Municipal Court customer service representative, received the Clerical Award for listening carefully, exercising patience and communicating court processes.

Timothy Walters, Jason Ryun, Raymond Ryun and Dan Clark of the Water Services Department received the Team Award for their efforts in reusing wastewater as fertilizer for animal feed and biofuel crops.

Terry Bray of the Health Department received the Community Service Award for his consistent volunteer work mentoring local inner city children.

Dwayne Berry, Public Works area superintendent, received the Trade/Craft Award for leadership in finding innovative ways to reuse materials at the Cookingham leaf and brush site, driving down an estimated cost of $800,000 to less than $200,000.

Denis Kyasi, Aviation Department server administrator, received the Technical Award for installing a virtual platform resulting in energy savings, data center cooling, easier server administration and increased server stability.

Cedric Rowan, procurement manager in the General Services Department, received the Leadership Award for identifying new cost-savings opportunities.


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