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

Heading the list of awards was Maurice Henderson, light equipment operator for the Parks and Recreation Department, who was named Employee of the Quarter.

“Maurice is a perfect example of someone who can make a big impression in a short time,” said Steve Carpenter, city manager. “He’s trustworthy, loyal and a real hard worker and not to mention he’s really self motivated.

Henderson, a Harker Heights resident, started with Parks and Recreation in 2011 and was shocked to hear his name called as employee of the quarter,

“It’s a good feeling when you get recognized for your hard work,” he said.

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

Kicking off the ceremony from the finance department, Ayesha Lealiiee received her 10-year service pin.

In the courts department, Caprica George and Daniel Garcia were recognized as new employees. George is a part time customer service clerk and Herring transferred to the position of city marshal. Elizabeth Biehle was recognized for achieving her level 1 court clerk certification and was promoted to deputy court clerk.

Police Chief Mike Gentry introduced a new employee from his department — full-time call-taker Vicky Smith-Dessourses. He also presented Officer Cesar Valdez with his five-year service pin; Officer Sonja Clay with her 10-year service pin; Detective Jeff Waggoner with his 15-year service pin; Officer Guy Sorensen with his 25-year service pin; and Lt. Glenn Borkowicz with his 30-year service pin.

“It’s gratifying to see the quality and dedication of people we have here in our city,” Carpenter said.

employees recognized

The code enforcement department welcomed Lyndsey Asher to the Planning and Development Department, where she will be the building official’s secretary and permitting clerk. Steve Philen received his 25-year service pin.

Fire Chief Jack Collier introduced new employees from his department — Leandra Scottini and Nancy Whetstone. Scottini is an administrative assistant and Whetson is a part-time billing clerk. He also recognized firefighters Johnathon Moore, James Myers, and Kevin Rochford for 5 years of service; David Forwood and Richard Whalen for 15 years of service; and James Carson and Kenneth Sperry for 25 years of service.

Firefighters awarded

In addition, 27 firefighters received certificates for wildland firefighter training. Firefighters Colton Soukup, Clint Chudej and Randy Ray were recognizes for advancing their education. Soukup and Chudej received their driver/operator certificates and Ray received his fire investigation technician certificate.

Damien Law and George Kacir, both with parks and recreation, received their five-year service pins.

Mark Hyde, public works director, announced that Dustin Barton and Alexis Rivera-Perez earned their class 1 wastewater collection operator licenses; Eric Moree received a class C wastewater treatment and class II collection licenses; Brad Garrison received a pin for his five years of service.

Other new employees introduced at the ceremony were Amanda Dillon, library.

“We genuinely appreciate everything you do for our city,” said Mayor Pro Tem Rob Robinson.

The city employee recognition ceremony is held quarterly.

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