Nine Copperas Cove city employees who will reach 45 years of combined service in March were recognized with five-year service pins last week.

“We have a lot of fine employees coming up,” Mayor John Hull said while shaking the workers’ hands at the recognition ceremony.

Hull wished the nine employees longer tenure than five years. “They have all been here for five years, but they all have a long way to go,” he said.

City Manager Andrea Gardner described each employee’s starting and current positions with the city.

Regarding David Boone, a plant operator for the city sewer collection department, she said: “In his last evaluation, his supervisor commented, ‘David is a very talented person and capable of learning any job or activity.’”

Boone started March 24, 2008, as a laborer in the drainage department. He was promoted to his current position two years later.

“(Robert Butler Jr.’s) knowledge of collection routes is outstanding and an asset to the solid waste department,” Gardner said, speaking for his supervisor.

Butler is a driver for the city’s solid waste department.

Gardner said she was honored to present the awards to the employees and to work with them.

The following employees were recognized:

Police Cpl. Danny Belk started on March 31, 2008. After graduating the police academy, he was assigned to the uniform service division. He is now a corporal on the department’s first shift. He also serves on the honor guard and as a breath test operator and field training officer.

David Boone started on March 24, 2008, as a laborer for the drainage department. On May 24, 2010, he was promoted to an operator for the city’s sewer collection department.

Robert Butler Jr. started with the solid waste department as a driver. He operates solid waste trucks, loaders, boom trucks and roll-off vehicles.

Detective Joseph Diaz began his employment on March 31, 2008, as a patrol officer. Later that year, he was transferred to the traffic unit and in 2012 he was promoted to detective. He is also a field training officer and a member of the special weapons and tactics team.

April Lingo, a communications operator for the police department, also began on March 31, 2008. She also serves as a communication training officer.

George Romfh is a firefighter and emergency medical technician. He started on March 31, 2008. He was recognized as an outstanding firefighter by the Copperas Cove Exchange Club.

Patrol officer Jason Schaefer was hired on March 31, 2008. Schaefer also is a field training officer and a member of the special weapons and tactics team.

Patrol officer Aaron Senseney started work for the city on March 31, 2008.

Patrol officer Thomas Williams started working for the police department on March 31, 2008. He became a member of the traffic unit and serves as a motorcycle officer. He also is an honor guard member.

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

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