6, 2006 - Mayor Haslam announced at the City Council meeting
on Tuesday, December 5 that the Outstanding City Employee 2006 Overall
Winner was Michael "Jason" Booker - Police Officer II.
Office Booker is a valued member of the Knoxville Police Department's
Patrol Division. He has provided leadership in this department that
is usually only seen in officers with many more years of experience.
Officer Booker, as a leader of the Inspections Unit has worked diligently
on holding establishments that serve alcohol to the standard of
not selling alcohol to underage patrons as well as not over-serving
patrons. He is not only knowledgeable regarding the ordinances pertaining
to alcohol, wreckers, and taxis, but he is able to explain and enforce
them in a fair and consistent manner throughout the City. Officer
Booker is always willing to do whatever is necessary to get the
job done correctly and efficiently. He expects a lot of himself
and provides leadership that causes those who are around him to
emulate his sense of duty and responsibility. Officer Booker has
a very difficult assignment that can be high profile, but he has
handled it in a truly professional manner. He truly embodies the
Knoxville Police Departments Operational Philosophy: Do the right
thing, Do your very best every day, and treat others the way you
want to be treated.
honorable nominess included the following:
Rose Manley - Office Assistant II - Rose Manley is an office
assistant for the Knoxville Police Department in the Organized Crime
Unit. Rose has been a dedicated city employee for over 33 years
and is responsible for maintaining all financial and statistical
records for this division. Along with her normal daily duties, Rose
is an active volunteer in numerous departmental and city sponsored
events such as the health benefits fair, commemorative walks and
runs, holiday luncheons, and employee picnics. Rose Manley's dedication
to her department shows in her tireless efforts to ensure courteous
service to the public as well as members of her own department.
With her seniority in the Organized Crime Unit, she provides the
experience needed when other employees are transferred into the
department and helps them to adjust to working in the department.
Rose's position in the Organized Crime Unit is one of the most sensitive
office positions in the City and requires a great amount of trust
and responsibility to be placed in her. She is a shining example
of the best that the City of Knoxville has to offer.
John Huff - Project Specialist - The Community Development
Division works with many communities throughout the City of Knoxville
and requires employees in that department to constantly seek new
and better ways of utilizing limited resources. John Huff understands
this goal and works tirelessly to contribute to team success. He
is currently the lead on the Commercial Fašade Program and has done
a stellar job. John has not only acquired the knowledge of the rules
and regulations of the program, but has been able to complete the
first three pilot projects, which helped to revitalize a city neighborhood.
John Huff's work is a great example of an employee contributing
to the goal of making Knoxville the premier city in which to live,
work, and raise a family.