LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Livingston County Board of Supervisors gratefully awarded 34 long-serving employees of county government on Wednesday.
The Board spent more than half of their regularly scheduled board meeting time on their 20th annual award ceremony.
“This meeting represents our only focused opportunity to recognize the backbone of county government: county employees,” said County Administrator Ian Coyle. “At the federal and state level, I have to tell you, we always seem to have rigorous debate, no middle ground, total disagreement and dreaded intertia on either side of the most trivial of matters. I would argue that we here in Livingston County stay above the fray. We keep plugging along ethically and mightily as a beacon of good government public service light in the region. And why is that? It’s because of the people in this room. It’s also the leadership and the dedicated people who are willing to remove political nonsense or staffing and hiring decisions and do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons.”
Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty accepted the award for 10 years of county service for a county department head.
For the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR): 10-year awardees were: Anna Braund; Jennifer Buckley; Danae Donegan; Sean Flint; Samantha Gell; Kimberly Kavanaugh; Joan Mann; Sarah Mann; Karen Navaugh; Kandie Parker; Kristine Tebeau; and Johanna C. Whitney. Their 25-year awardee was Steven Vondell.
For Central Services, 10-year awardees were: Colin MacKay and Robert Templeton received the 10-year award.
For the Department of Health, 10-year awardees were: Karen Farwell and Jessica Lynn Spike received the 10-year award. The 25-year awardee was Pamela Trescott.
For the Department of Social Services: 10-year awardees were: Mary J. Clarke, Shauna Leone, Donna Rivers, Karen Weaver, and Renee E. Westfall received the 10-year award. The 25-year awardee was Deborah Beardsley.
For the Information and Technology (IT) Department: the 10-year awardee was Kerrian Edwards.
For the Probation Department: the 10-year awardee was Elizabeth M. Laney.
The Sheriff’s Department, 10-year awardees were: Dawn Hamsher, Joshua Monster and Norman Zeh. 25-year awardees were: Rodrick J. Bennett, Donald W. Lubanski and Wendy Morris.
“This is certainly an exciting day for the Board of Supervisors because it’s an opportunity to recognize our best asset, and that’s our people,” said Eric Gott, Chairman of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors. “The services that are provided to the folks in Livingston County each and every day could not happen and frankly would not happen without the great employees and department heads of this county.”