Copperas Cove Tuesday recognized 45 years of service to area residents by three city employees.

“This is a good group of employees. Any time you have people staying here for that long, they are doing a good job,” Mayor John Hull said.

Police Sgt. Julie Lehmann started with the city Oct. 10, 1993, and was the most tenured employee recognized during Tuesday’s City Council workshop.

Starting as a patrol officer, Lehmann served as the city marshal and since 1997 has been a detective for Cove Police Department.

Numerous service organizations have recognized Lehmann for her community contributions. She recently was named the Exchange Club Officer of 2013.

“Thank you for your dedication to our community,” City Manager Andrea Gardner said.

Police Sgt. Martin Zeller was recognized for 15 years of service in the department. He started with the city Oct. 3, 1993.

In 2005, Zeller was promoted to corporal and 2007 to sergeant. He now serves as the third shift supervisor. He is also a member of the department’s honor guard and former SWAT team officer.

Throughout his career, residents have recognized him for his commitment to the city, Gardner said.

Gardner recognized Travis Daniels, a solid waste driver, for 10 years of service. Daniels started as a parks labourer with the city on Oct. 23, 2003.

“It has been noted that customers have called and praised (his) customer service skills,” Gardner said.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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