City recognizes the 2013 Employees of the Year

By Amanda Crowe acrowe@civitasmedia.com

January 25, 2014

FAIRBORN — The City of Fairborn announced the 2013 Employees of the Year for Public Safety, Public Service and Administrative, Clerical, and Technical (ACT) during Friday’s annual awards and appreciation event held at the Fairborn Senior Center.

Each January, the City of Fairborn honors its employees at the Employee Awards Ceremony. This ceremony commemorates employees who have reached a milestone year of service for the city and recognizes four unique employees who have gone above and beyond.

Nominations for the 2013 awards were received from the employees’ supervisors. Selection criteria includes job safety, attendance and motivation, professional development, interpersonal relationships and overall performance. Human Relations Specialist Robin McClure introduced the winners and shared comments from their nomination letters during the Jan. 24 event.

Public Safety Employee of the Year for the police department is Administrative Assistant Ingrid Freeman. She has been employed by the city for 20 years and supervisors say she has been a “valuable respected employee.”

“Ingrid possesses the personal characteristics and skills that make her an excellent employee and records specialist,” McClure said. “She is very dependable and very thorough in all aspects of her work. Ingrid has shown great dedication to her job and a strong willingness to do whatever is necessary to get any task completed.”

In 2014, Freeman will become the lead records clerk and will be responsible for that entire section of the police department.

Public Safety Employee of the Year for the fire department was Firefighter Chris Brock who, through his “solid computer background,” has identified numerous fire department systems that would be more beneficial if transitioned from current spreadsheets to a database. A database allows the information collected to be efficiently extracted and interpreted in the form of usable data for the department.

“This individual has not only met the requirements of his duty statements, he has gone above and beyond,” McClure read. “He has applied his intelligence, motivation and tech savvy skill set towards improving many fire department systems. Along with that, he has also displayed many leadership characteristics.”

Brock has already designed and constructed new database programs for rope rescue equipment inventory management, overtime tracking and EMS quality improvements. The Greater Miami Valley EMS Council has requested a presentation of the EMS quality improvement database program for use throughout the region.

Maintainer Karen Conley is the Public Service Employee of the Year. She has been with the City of Fairborn for 28 years. The first 15 were spent as the landfill clerk and a meter reader in the Utilities Division, and the last 13 years she has been with the Division of Water and Sewer.

“She likes to stay busy so it is rare to see her not working,” her division foremen wrote about Conley. “Staff is very appreciative of her willingness to come in on overtime during emergency situations — it is rare that she is called and doesn’t respond…”

Supervisors describe Conley as a “peacemaker” and say one of her greatest assets is her people skills.

“She has been known to diffuse an escalating situation between employees with her quiet yet no nonsense attitude,” McClure read. “Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she brings great cooking skills to the annual holiday gathering.”

ACT Employee of the Year, Roger Rardain, is the Lab Analyst for the Water Reclamation Center. He is described as “very safety conscious.” Working in an environment where he is exposed to many potentially hazardous situations, he rigorously follows all safety procedures.

He also maintains the WRC’s Supervisory Command and Data Aquisition (SCADA) data files and has implemented an operator training program to help operators complete many of the laboratory tasks using detailed checklists.

“Roger is s team player and he has done a great job training the operators to perform lab related process control tests that have contributed to better control of the treatment system,” supervisors said. “He fills in on off days when the need arises and he also assists in other events to support the city when possible.”

Rardain is also active in the Southwest Ohio Water Environment Association and is currently serving as treasurer.

The selected Employees of the Year will receive a $200 gift card, a specially designed plaque and their names added to the plaque displayed in the lobby of the Government Center along with past recipients. Chris Brock was not in attendance Friday.