By Danielle Church
Harker Heights Herald
Harker Heights' Chief Plant Operator Paul Murray was recognized as Employee of the Quarter on Tuesday in the Kitty Young Council Chambers at City Hall.
Murray has been with the city since February 2007.
"We have people from different departments that get together to pick our employee of the quarter," City Manager Steve Carpenter said. "Paul is very deserving of that."
Numerous city employees were recognized at a ceremony before the council meeting.
"We used to do it during our meetings, but we decided to do it quarterly an hour before the meeting," Carpenter said.
Department heads recognized more than 25 employees, including those recently promoted or hired. Multiple public works employees were recognized for obtaining various licenses needed to increase their production.
It was Mayor Mike Aycock's first ceremony since being elected.
"We've got the best staff in the world," Aycock said. "You've made our job so much easier. I just want to thank you for all your hard work and all you do, and I speak for myself and the City Council."
Warrant Officer Daniel Garcia - new employee
Detective Robert Mackall - 10-year service pin
Officer Dave Haley - 15-year service pin
Officer Dennis McAfee - new employee
Jessica Harlin - new employee
Robert Sizemore - 5-year service pin
Alyssa Maciei - library clerk (promotion)
Ashley Swenson - new employee
Beatrice Sotelo - new employee
Parks and Recreation:
Brian Tyler - athletics coordinator (promotion)
Joe Brown - recreation superintendent (promotion)
Chris Smith - new employee
Michael Requenez - new employee
Samantha Hanie - new employee
Paul Murray - chief plant operator (promotion)
Teddy Hammack - collections/operator (promotion)
Dale Treadway - new employee
Joe Williams - new employee
Warren Harding - new employee
The following public works staff have earned the following licenses:
Charles Adams - herbicide applicators license
Sean Bell - herbicide applicators license
Regan Wiatrek - class II wasterwater collection license
Ricky Laird - class II wastewater collection operator license
Brad Garrison - class C water operator and herbicide applicators license
Larry West - class D water operator license
Ricky Alton - class II wastewater collection operator and herbicide applicator license
Calvin Robbins - class C water distribution operator license