City Employees Announced
September 14, 2005 - Mayor Haslam announced
the Outstanding City Employee Award for 2005 at the City Council meeting
held Tuesday, September 13.
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.
Outstanding employees L to R: Trumpore, Leek, Jones, Dagnan, Cureton
|WINNER OF OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE 2005:
|DONALD A. JONES - Police Lieutenant
Lieutenant Jones has an outstanding reputation. He is a role model,
mentor and trainer for our officers. He has recruited, trained, and
developed new employees. He has been a leader within his department,
helping to instill in his fellow officers the professional ideals
that we strive to provide to provide to our community. He dedicates
endless hours to his profession, sacrificing personal time to make
sure his tasks as a Lieutenant and Training Director are executed
and executed well. His reputation is well respected not only in our
community but also outside. Other agencies and members of the public
often call on him for his expertise. He is always glad to share his
knowledge and time. His winning attitude has fostered many friends
and partnerships for the City. Lieutenant Jones is an employee that
truly cares about his work, the work of the Knoxville Police department,
and the work of the City of Knoxville.
|RICHARD CURETON, Master Systems Engineer
Richard Cureton is a Master Systems Engineer. He is one of the "unsung
heroes" of the Information Systems department. He can be found behind
the scenes solving complex technical issues that impact every computer
user in the City. Richard truly thinks of his job as fun and it shows
in his work and in his relationships with those that he works with.
Without his assistance, experience, and knowledge, the information
systems department would not run as smoothly as it does. It doesn't
matter if he has to come in on the weekend or in the middle of the
night, Richard will meet and challenge to complete his work seamlessly,
professionally, and consistently. He can be counted on to tackle the
most complex projects and do whatever it takes to complete them to
the highest standards. Richard holds and maintains an extensive list
of certifications and continuously educates himself on new programs
and methods. He passes this extensive knowledge on to other personnel
in the department in a mentoring role. Richard is a shinning example
of expertise and dedication in his field and to the City.
|VICKI DAGNAN, Safety City Coordinator
As Safety City Coordinator, Vicki Dagnan goes about her work with
a motivated and enthusiastic approach. She also instills that attitude
in her subordinates and peers involving the projects at Safety City.
She is consistently working to increase participation by outside corporate
partners, encouraging them to assist in providing an excellent training
resource for child safety. This is not always easy, but she does it
with ease and never allows set backs or obstacles to daunt her spirit.
As she always says "...a challenge builds character". Due to her positive
attitude, she is willing to try new ideas and exercise changes that
promote greater success. Her mindset is contagious to everyone around
her. She does not hesitate to put in long hours or weekends to support
the programs and services that Safety City provides. Furthermore,
Vicki consistently seeks out new challenges, develops initiatives,
and sees them through to completion. She is an exemplary employee
who fosters goodwill throughout the community.
|ROBERT LEEK, Equipment Operator III
Robert Leek has been nominated for his dedication in the field of
Public Works. Robert does much more than operate equipment in the
Neighborhood & Public Service Department. He is a rock solid employee
that is counted on time and again. Robert has been a constant source
of compliments to his department for his professionalism in the community.
He performs his work with unsurpassed expertise and care. His standards
are set high and he makes sure that any task that he is assigned is
done in a manner that reflects well on our City. He is eager to learn
new equipment and to educate his fellow employees to help ensure smooth
operation of his work group, the department, and the City. He is a
true team player with an interest in doing his job well everyday for
the City of Knoxville and its citizens.
|PAUL TRUMPORE- Master Firefighter
Master Firefighter Paul Trumpore is the Public Education Officer for
the Fire Department and also the Fire Department Chaplain and Critical
Incident Stress Management Team Leader. His love of education and
concern for safety has lead him in his tireless efforts to educate
and help his fellow mankind. He educates children at Safety City about
fire safety and has contributed countless hours spearheading the Safe
Kids Program in our area. As Chaplain, he goes above and beyond tending
to the people of our community in their hour of need. Paul's teaching,
community outreach, and genuine care and concern have reached a large
population of the City of Knoxville. He is a shining example of an
employee striving to promote stronger and safer neighborhoods in our
|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
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