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City of Harker Heights recognizes its dedicated employees

City of Harker Heights recognizes its dedicated employees

Sara Escobar

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On Tuesday, July 25, an Employee Recognition Ceremony was held to commemorate dedicated and hard-working city employees. The committee voted for the selection of Courtney Lauderdale as Employee of the First Quarter in 2017. According to a release from City Manager David Mitchell, “Lauderdale’s years of service to the city has earned the respect of her co-workers as well as from members of other departments within the city.  Mrs. Lauderdale has exhibited loyalty, dedication and selfless service in becoming a Level I Certified Court Clerk, although it was not a requirement of her position. Since the inception of the Certified Court Clerk program covering 254 counties and thousands of cities and towns—it was our city’s own Courtney Lauderdale who became the first ever part time clerk to become a Certified Court Clerk.  Lauderdale’s loyalty and dependability has been an valuable asset for the Municipal Court Department and the City of Harker Heights.” For the Employee of the Second Quarter of 2017, the committee voted for the selection of Officer Crystal Thomas. Officer Thomas has only been with the Police Department for about two and half years but has proven herself to be a great asset to the Department and the City in that short time. The release stated, “she puts 100% of herself in to everything that she does and her efforts have been essential in helping the Police Department connect with a new generation of citizens of the City.  The hard work she has put into her most recent assignment within the Police Department has not gone unnoticed by anyone at the Police Department, leadership and community leaders and the citizens and businesses of the City.”

“I’m always so impressed by our Employee of the Quarter selections.  Courtney Lauderdale and Crystal Thomas are excellent examples of the hearts for service that we have on our City staff.” Said Mitchell. “Serving in Courts and the Police Department respectively, both ladies face daily situations that require much empathy and grace to handle.  Yet handle it that do and in a style that their peers note as honorable!  Through their service they in some way mentor us all.  Like Courtney or Crystal let’s all strive to serve better today than we did the day before!”

At the ceremony, numerous other employees were celebrated as well. Five year, 10 year, 15 year and even 25 year pins were bestowed on a dozen city employees, ranging from Public Works to Finance. Many promotions also took place, including Roxanne Harrill’s promotion to Sergeant, Sonja Clay’s promotion to Lieutenant, and Ricky Alton’s promotion to F.O.G. Collections Field Supervisor, among many others. Over 20 new employees were also welcomed at the ceremony. Including five new police officers, and five new firefighters and paramedics for the city. The SWAT team was also honored for their efforts in the SWAT TEAM Competition.

Joedi Rivera-Adorno with the Fleet Maintenance Department was congratulated at the Parks and Recreation Employee of the Month for outstanding service. Numerous other city employees were commended as well, including Jerry Bark, Zach Dees, and Ted Railsback, all who performed their jobs with exuberance, respect and kindness.


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