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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
2004 Outstanding City Employees Announced
October 27, 2004 - Mayor Haslam announced the Outstanding City Employee Award for 2004 at the City Council meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 26.

These employees were nominated by either a peer or supervisor. All nominated employees were rated by a committee of employees from each department without knowing the names of those being rated. Only the top five finalists were recognized.
VICTOR FOWLER, Aquatics Coordinator, Community & Neighborhood Services
Vic is nominated for his expertise in his field and his ability to always deliver high-quality results in all that he does. His 27 year career with the City has been nothing short of exemplary. In fact, last Spring he was instrumental in saving the life of a woman at his facility. His quick reaction and knowledge of emergency procedures allowed him to turn a grim situation around quickly.
Vic Fowler
STEPHEN T. MITCHELL, Fire Officer, Fire Department
Stephen is nominated for his winning attitude and ability to foster a cohesive working environment where continuous learning and community relations are a top priority. Stephen encourages excellence by being an example of excellence, both in his preparation and in his execution of his leadership position. He is always willing to volunteer for community outreach programs.
Stephen T. Mitchell
GEORGE W. PARKER IV, Master Firefighter, Fire Department
George is nominated for his cooperation and attitude of service. He is a self-starter and demonstrates this initiative often and pours a great deal of pride into every task. He is never content to leave the scene that he has been called to until the job is completely finished to his high level of satisfaction. He has become a paramedic and worked to master his knowledge of all streets, businesses, hazards, and populations within his response territory. he is the type of employee that never seeks credit for what he does, but does it for the love of the job.
George W. Parker
ZEPHYREE PORTER, Human Resource Technician, Sr., Civil Service
In her 22 years of service, Zephyree comes to work every day to do her job to the best of her ability. She does not draw attention to herself or require praise---she just goes about the business of getting her job done. When there is a job that no one wants to do, Zephyree will, without complaint, quietly get the job done. She is one of the most consistent employees in her attendance, attitude, work ethic, honesty, humor, and cooperation. She keeps morale high and is invaluable in making things run efficiently.
Zephyree Porter
CLARENCE SMITH, JR., Skilled Trades Craftsworker, Operations & Engineering when nominated; recently transferred to Community & Neighborhood Services
Clarence (Smitty) is nominated for his loyalty and positive attitude. He has dedicated a lifetime of service to the City and its citizens. For over 30 years, he has worked tirelessly, never seeking praise, but quietly performing his job duties above land beyond all expectations. No job is too small or dirty and he performs them all with expertise and pride. There are days when it weren't for his smile and the enthusiasm that he radiates, it would be hard to recognize him under the dirt and the mud that he picked up all in a day's work.
Clarence Smith
CONGRATULATIONS to all those nominated! We hope everyone will join us in letting each one know how much his/her hard work and dedication are appreciated! Each nominee is definitely a "Winner"!
* Gifts were donated by Mayor's Office, Civil Service, Engineering Department, Parks & Recreation Department, PF Chang's, Three Rivers Rambler, Knoxville Visitor's Center, City Employees Credit Union, UT Bookstore, and Coca-Cola.
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