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2010 PERD Award Winners
County Executive Sanders Presents Awards To 56 Employees


County Executive Mike Sanders presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sam Davis, who began his career in Jackson County's Public Works Department 39 years ago -- at the age of 17.

MAY 13, 2010 -- Jackson County honored 56 employees during the 17th Annual Public Employees Recognition Day ceremony Wednesday, May 5.

Using the occasion to thank all Jackson County employees for their service, County Executive Mike Sanders presented the awards.

"Of all my duties as county executive, this is one of my favorites," said Sanders. "This is our opportunity to give a little recognition to some of the many men and women who proudly serve Jackson County each and every day. They need to be thanked for going above and beyond in their efforts to serve our citizens."

Awards were presented in 11 different categories. Jump ahead to a list of County award winners. 

The actions of Jackson County's award winners varied -- from saving lives and saving money to raising efficiency and completing complex projects (on time and on budget), from serving the nation in the Marine Corps Reserve to retrofitting a snow plow in response to a holiday blizzard.


Administrative/Professional Service Award

Clerical Service Award

Community Service Award

Leadership Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Military Award

Public Safety Award

Team Award

Technical Service Award

Trade/Craft Award

Award For Valor

 

 

 

Administrative/Professional Service Award

John PetersonJohn Peterson
Museum Curator
Parks & Recreation Department

John completed a 350-page report, three years in the making, about archaeological findings at Fort Osage. The report provides greater understanding of the landmark's history and expands knowledge about the Hopewell Indians who lived on the site approximately 2,000 years ago. The project entailed carbon dating artifacts and consulting with an archaeo-botanist, an anthropologist and the National Park Service Midwest Archaeology Center.

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Clerical Service Award

Susan MooreSusan Moore
Records Maintenance Technician
Record of Deeds Department

Over the last several years, the Recorder of Deeds has taken numerous steps to enhance productivity and improve customer service at the department's Records Center. Susan has played a key role in these efforts. In addition to her regular duties, she has consolidated and organized many of the older, more fragile documents at the center. Furthermore, she has been an important trainer in the Recorder of Deeds' ongoing cross-training program for all employees.

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Community Service Award

Randy DiehlRandy Diehl
Planner
Public Works Department

Randy has a passion for maps. He has spent countless hours studying old Jackson County map books -- centuries-old information you just can't find through Google searches. His knowledge of Jackson County's past, dating back to the Santa Fe Trail, makes him a frequent guest speaker of historical organizations and Public Works' "go to" person for details about historic dates and trivia.

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Leadership Award

Ron BearceLt. Ron Bearce
Personnel/Training Supervisor
Corrections Department

Ron played an integral part in the opening of the new Regional Correctional Center (RCC) on July 31, 2009. He served as Project Coordinator, often working 12-plus hours a day with design staff, the general contractor and sub-contractors. His 25 years of experience within the County Department of Corrections coupled with his project management skills proved invaluable to the RCC being completed on budget and ahead of schedule.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Sam DavisSam Davis
Road & Bridge Administrator
Public Works Department

Sam has risen steadily through the ranks during his 39-year career with Jackson County Public Works. He has repeatedly demonstrated a dedication to getting the job done well. In the last decade alone, he has spearheaded a four-month effort to remove debris after the notorious 2002 ice storm and coordinated sandbagging efforts during the 2007 Levasy flood. He has also upgraded snow removal operations, and as of last year, 84.9 percent of County roads were rated 55 higher on the Pavement Condition Index. Any roads below 55 are considered to be in fair, poor or failed condition.

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Military Award

Larry B. NiederschulteLarry B. Niederschulte
Assistant Superintendent of Park Safety
Parks & Recreation Department

After 23 years of service to our country, Larry recently retired from the Marine Corps Reserve at the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Larry was called to active duty three different times -- in 1991 as a Military Police officer in support of Desert Storm, in 2001 after the tragic events of September 11 and in 2007 as part of the Inspector and Instructor staff in Iowa participating in many community and fundraising events. Larry also began his career as a Jackson County Park Ranger 23 years ago and has been promoted to the rank of Major.

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Public Safety Award

Deputy CarpenterJeffery Carpenter
Deputy
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

On February 24 the Jackson County Sheriff's Emergency Response Team was dispatched to Oak Grove because of a barricaded subject who had seriously assaulted his wife earlier that day. Deputy Carpenter acted as the primary negotiator. After 75 attempts, Deputy Carpenter successfully contacted the subject and began a prolonged dialogue that ended with Deputy Carpenter successfully negotiating the subject's safe surrender. Deputy Carpenter's calm demeanor throughout the situation was essential to taking the suspect into custody without injury to citizens, officers or the suspect.

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Team Service Award

Parks & Recreation, Public Works and Information Technology

The effort to renovate the Fred Arbanas Golf Course required these three County departments to collaborate on the project, which took more than a year to be successfully completed. The course renovations were completed on time and on budget due to the leadership, talent, inter-departmental cooperation and shared commitment to get the job done among Parks & Recreation, Public Works and IT staff. Working together, they researched prices to save $15,000 on the clubhouse remodeling. They also developed new and more efficient maintenance practices for the course.

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Technical Service Award

Tara PollardTara Pollard
Multimedia Production Specialist
Office of Communications

In 2009, Tara utilized her skills to develop multi-media training programs for both the Sheriff's Office and Human Resources Department. These programs saved money and greatly reduced the amount of staff hours that otherwise would have been required to conduct training. She created an online training program for the County's new personnel rules and ethics policy -- a program that enabled 1,162 employees to go through the training from computer terminals, while also allowing HR to track each employee's progress. She also worked with Sheriff's Office staff to produce training videos about traffic ticket procedures, general ordinance violations and DWI arrests.

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Trade/Craft Award

Ryan ThomasRyan Thomas
Senior Equipment Operator
Public Works Department

The Christmas blizzard of 2009 was the worst snowstorm to hit Jackson County in 20 years. A foot of snow fell. Some drifts topped out at more than 20 feet tall. The County had three "V" snow plows, which are much larger than normal plows. All three had been sitting idle for about 25 years. Ryan hadn't even been born when these plows were last used. Though not a mechanic, he took it upon himself to retrofit the largest of these three plows so that it could be put back into service to combat the relentless blowing snow. At 7 feet tall and 11.5 feet wide, this plow cleared a path twice as wide as a typical plow. Ryan rose to the occasion and helped County crews clear the way for motorists.

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Award For Valor


(L-R) Sgt. Daniel Avrett, Lt. Wyman Mounce, Corrections Officer JaRon Jones, Corrections Officer Jennifer Griffifth and Sgt. Derrick Blackwell. Not pictured: Sgt. Geoffrey Brown and Corrections Officer David Wright.

Corrections Department

When an inmate at the Jackson County Detention Center cut an artery in his right arm in attempt to commit suicide May 7, 2009, the Corrections Department staff took life saving-action without hesitation. In doing so, they placed themselves at risk, for they were aware the inmate's blood was contaminated. The inmate had used a bed sheet in an attempt to jam his cell door. Responding officers dropped to the floor in a pool of blood as they tried to reach beneath the door to free the sheet. Once officers were able to force their way into the cell, the still conscious inmate was extremely combative and had to be restrained, so emergency aid could be performed to stop the bleeding. The inmate was treated at Truman Medical Center and survived his wound. The staff members exposed to the inmate's blood are being monitored to watch for any signs that they may have contracted any illnesses while taking actions to save this individual's life. 

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