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Employees Are Recognized for Excellence

Posted on Jul 10, 2018


Six Washington Township employees have been recognized for their outstanding contributions with the Washington Township 2018 Employee Award of Excellence.

Back row: Paul Conover, Grant Hawkins, Gary Cox and Linda Shutts. Front: Amber Renfrow and Bill Krugh.

Recipients include: a part-time firefighter who seeks additional projects and assignments; a service worker who assists less experienced employees; a full-time firefighter who became an excellent instructor in his first year; a recreation maintenance employee whose skills solve problems and improve safety; a finance department employee who has excelled at new duties; and a detective with a crime clearance rate that’s consistently above the national average. Winners are: Paul Conover, Fire Part Time; Gary Cox, Public Works; Grant Hawkins, Fire Full Time; Bill Krugh, General Part Time; Amber Renfrow, General Full Time; and Linda Shutts, Police.

Their efforts reflect the type of important activities that employees undertake every day, according to Township Administrator Jesse Lightle. The Award of Excellence was created in 1987 to recognize employees who have exhibited exceptional job performance. Full-time recipients receive framed proclamations, $275 and an extra three days of vacation. Part-time employees, who are ineligible for vacation days, receive framed proclamations and $450. All employees have their names inscribed on plaques at four township buildings.

The following summaries are based on excerpts from nominations made by other township staff members:

Paul Conover, Fire Part Time

Paul Conover frequently seeks additional projects and assignments and, as a direct result of this, has taken on responsibility for creating a fire equipment stockroom, a project that has included organizing, cleaning, and maintaining equipment. Other examples include assisting with training records and hose records. Paul also has taken a proactive approach to both formal and on-the-job training.

Gary Cox, Public Works

Gary Cox excels at his job and also goes out of his way to ask others how he can help. He has assisted less experienced employees learn new tasks, from training them on the watering route, leaf machine, loader and snow plow to assisting two staff members through the process of obtaining their commercial driver’s licenses.

Grant Hawkins, Fire Full Time

In less than a year, Grant Hawkins’ superior work ethic has enabled him to master every tool on the rescue unit and to become an excellent instructor in their use. He has accomplished this while also taking impeccable care of equipment, training and mentoring his crew, and taking on and excelling at new projects, including the media section of the training division.

Bill Krugh, General Part Time

Bill Krugh uses problem-solving skills, initiative and an extensive knowledge of maintenance and repair to prioritize customer service-oriented repairs, solve urgent requests, and to make budget-savvy improvements such as pool signs, volleyball posts, slide measuring sticks, a book shelf, no-slip chair protection for lifeguards, and much more.

Amber Renfrow, General Full Time

Amber Renfrow has taken on a substantial number of new duties during the past year and excelled in all of them with enthusiasm, efficiency and great customer service, including providing oversight for Recreation Department receipts, alerting management about needed corrections, and offering helpful clarification on procedures for purchasing and requisition.

Linda Shutts, Police

Since being assigned to the Washington Township Substation in 2014, Linda Shutts has investigated or followed up on about 1,000 crime cases and assisted in other investigations, resulting in a clearance rate that is consistently above the national average. Her efforts have led to the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen property for both residents and businesses.


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