The Copperas Cove City Council recognized six employees with a combined 50 years of service earlier this month.

“They all do a fine job for the city,” Mayor John Hull said Thursday about the six employees who have exceeded more than five years of service to the city.

Daniel Woolard, a parks and recreation laborer, has served the longest of the six, reaching 15 years of employment with the city in January.

Throughout his tenure with the city, Woolard remained a very dependable employee, said City Manager Andrea Gardner, quoting his supervisor.

Jennifer Henry, a municipal court clerk, and fire Capt. Michael Watson, have worked for the city for 10 years.

Both started in 2003 and have been valuable employees to the community, Gardner said.

“(Henry’s) work ethic, which is can-do, is great,” she said.

Watson has shown his dedication to the city by filling in for firefighters.

Gardner recognized Lenuel Priest, Melissa Barlow and Jeremy Lydon for each serving five years with the city.

Barlow, who started at the public library, now works as a customer service representative for the municipal utilities department.

She has been recognized several times for her dedication to residents from different community service groups including the Exchange Club, Gardner said.

Lydon, a firefighter paramedic, has earned multiple firefighter certifications for training he has completed during his time with Cove.

“Jeremy is a skilled firefighter, and he is an asset to this community,” Gardner said.

Priest, also a firefighter paramedic, has received several emergency response certifications for training during his tenure with the city.

Gardner said, “Priest works well under pressure, and his work is appreciated by the city.”

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

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