ASHEVILLE – The Greater Asheville Public Service Council recently recognized the most outstanding government public servants with the Excellence in Public Service Awards.
The awards were presented to county, city, state and federal employees who went above and beyond their normal job performance in 2010.
The City of Asheville honored nearly 70 employees from a wide variety of departments. The winners in the 12 award categories were announced in April at the city’s Excellence in Public Service Awards ceremony. These staff members were then invited to the Greater Asheville Public Service Council breakfast ceremony in late May.
Awardees are selected by an internal panel of the past year’s winners.
Hank Dunn, president of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Buncombe County Commissioner Carol Peterson, and David Pattillo, associate director of the Charles George VA Medical Center, presented the awards in each category.
Fay L. Smith, Library Technician with the United States Air Force’s 14th Weather Squadron was chosen as the overall Outstanding Public Servant of 2011.
Thanks to the work of the employees listed below, hundreds of thousands of dollars were saved, work was done more efficiently and Buncombe County is a safer, greener, healthier, smarter and kinder place to live.
Outstanding Executive Manager
Cathy Ball, Public Works director, City of Asheville
Ed Sheary, library system director, Buncombe County
Dr. Jack St. Clair, business manager, Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
John J. Bates, PhD, National Climatic Data Center
Jerry Yates, streets operations manager, City of Asheville
Jill Moffitt, director of campus recreation, UNC Asheville
Trevis Allen, assistant fire marshal, City of Asheville
Renee Gossett, social work supervisor, Buncombe County
Nicole Lynch, health care supervisor, Black Mountain. Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
Micheal Hunsucker, chief climate operations, U.S. Air Force 14th Weather Squadron
Outstanding Professional Employee
Seth Hendler-Voss, landscape architect, City of Asheville
Bryan Dillingham, network manager, Buncombe County
Kathy Wallace, creative arts specialist, Black Mountain. Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
Helen McVade, information security, U.S. Air Force 14th Weather Squadron
Outstanding Administrative Support Employee
Gina Zachary, administrative assistant, City of Asheville
Joy Pelto, paralegal, Buncombe County
Marcia Hipps, administrative assistant, District Attorney’s Office
Anne Markel, administrative assistant, National Climatic Data Center
Outstanding Trades, Crafts, and Service Maintenance Employee
Gordon Silvers, apparatus senior specialist, City of Asheville
Carolyn Nash, housekeeper, UNC Asheville
Outstanding Technician, Assistant or Aide
Megan Shepherd, special projects coordinator, City of Asheville
Anthony Perrone, graphic designer, Buncombe County
Justin Page, senior designer, Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College
Fay Smith, library technician, U.S. Air Force 14th Weather Squadron
Asheville Public Safety Wireless Network Team
Buncombe County Detention Facility STORM Team
Outreach Dental Services – Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
NCDC Finance and Acquisition Branch
Hoyt Abney Outstanding Community Service Award
Lora Morgan, administrative assistant, City of Asheville
Vanessa Grant, staffing specialist, Charles George VA Medical Center
Adam Reagan, applications specialist, UNC Asheville
Outstanding Contribution to Improving Diversity
Kelley Webb, fire department public information officer, City of Asheville
Tina Carroll, community director, UNC Asheville
Outstanding Heroic Act Award
Lee Morrison, motor equipment operator III, City of Asheville
Lisa Beasley, income maintenance caseworker II, Buncombe County
Suzanne S. Turner Unsung Hero/Heroine Award
Mike Dixon, laborer, City of Asheville
Dr. Cynthia Yancey, medical director, Buncombe County
Mark Clegg, social worker II, Black Mtn. Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
Douglas Williams, human resource specialist, Charles George VA Medical Center