Harker Heights honors employees

Richard Meredith, who received his 20-year service pin, heads back to his seat after shaking hands with the council members at the Harker Heights employee recognition ceremony Tuesday at City Hall. The quarterly ceremony celebrates accomplishments by city staff.

City employees were lauded for their service during a ceremony Tuesday at Harker Heights City Hall.

Heading the list of awards was Daniel Garcia, warrant officer in the courts department, who was named Employee of the Quarter. A veteran in the criminal justice field, Garcia has worked in the courts department for a short time, since April 2011.

“It just shows you don’t have to be here a long time to be appreciated,” said City Manager Steve Carpenter.

Carpenter described Garcia as a quiet and calm man who is very serious, polite and nice.

“You deserve this award and the employees recognize that,” Carpenter told Garcia.

Employees of the quarter are chosen by a panel of other employees.

In the finance department, India Gibson and Alyssa Herring were recognized as new employees. Gibson is a utility billing clerk and Herring is in customer service.

Police Chief Mike Gentry introduced new employees from his department — Officer Christopher Hinckey and part-time call-taker Peter Quichocho. Officer Randy Stefek received his 10-year service pin and John Moseley was honored as the 2012-13 Officer of the Year.

Jessica and Michael Giese received tokens of appreciation for volunteering their time to create wooden cut-outs of a sleigh and paddy wagon for the SUV “mules” police officers use to patrol Market Heights Shopping Center during the holidays.

Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Gallenstein recognized firefighters Jacob Cardona for five years of service and Brad Alley for 20 years of service.

Eric Larson, parks and recreation, and Chuck Adams and Jorge Martinez, public works, also received five-year service pins. Marcus Bennett, public works, was recognized for 10 years of service and Casey Brazzil, parks and recreation, for 15 years. Richard Meredith, courts department, received his 20-year service pin.

Mark Hyde, public works director, announced that Joedi Rivera-Adorno earned his class D wastewater license; Rick Alton received a class B water distribution license; Coy Smith earned a wastewater collection operators license and wastewater treatment operator D license; and Rick Laird received a wastewater treatment operator III license.

In the parks and recreation department, Maurice Henderson was promoted to light equipment operator, said Jerry Bark, parks and recreation director.

Other new employees introduced at the ceremony were Margaret Cleghorn, code enforcement secretary; Katherine Kitchen, library clerk; and Patrick Williams King, parks and recreation light equipment operator.

The city employee recognition ceremony is held quarterly.

Contact Kristi Johnson at kristij@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7548

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