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."

Employees recognized

Municipal Court:

Warrant Officer Daniel Garcia - new employee

Police Department:

Detective Robert Mackall - 10-year service pin

Officer Dave Haley - 15-year service pin

Officer Dennis McAfee - new employee

Jessica Harlin - new employee

Fire Department:

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

Public Works:

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

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