NOLANVILLE  — Amanda Feeney, 25, is much more than the smiling face who greets people at City Hall.

Mayor Christina Rosenthal said dedication and determination to go above and beyond the scope of her position is what garnered Feeney the employee of the quarter award.

An administrative assistant, Feeney was named the city’s first employee of the quarter at a ceremony Jan. 2.

“I didn’t even know I had been nominated,” Feeney said.

Resolving to show a greater appreciation for the employees who keep Nolanville running, city officials kicked off their first council meeting of 2014 with the first employee of the quarter award presentation.

“I was really shocked and proud of myself,” said Feeney, who has worked for the city since May 2008. “This recognition shows that my hard work pays off and that all my extra work doesn’t go unseen.”

Rosenthal said all the nominations they received were for Feeney.

“She works hard, goes above and beyond and does everything with a smile,” Rosenthal said.

City Manager Stephen Pearl said all 13 city employees are working hard.

“We appreciate everything our employees do and decided this was the time to show them our appreciation,” he said.

Feeney is married to Brandon Feeney and has a daughter, Victoria, 2½. “She is very much a daddy’s girl,” she said.

Feeney was born in Temple and raised in Killeen. She currently lives in Harker Heights.

“All of my family is here,” she said. “After my grandfather retired from service at Fort Hood they all just decided to stay here.”

When she isn’t answering phones at City Hall, she enjoys shooting guns with her husband and spending time with her parents, who live in Nolanville.

“I really enjoy working with all the people here and being able to work one-on-one with them,” she said. “Since we are so small, we have a very good relationship with everyone here.”

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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