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2017 Employees of the Month
October 2017
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Katy Cagle, Police Officer - Gainesville Police Department
Awarded Employee of the Month in recognition and appreciation for dedication to the City of Gainesville and its citizens. 
Katy continues to prove she is a solid asset to the Police Department and the City of Gainesville. Katy is highly motivated and self-driven while always maintaining a positive attitude. In her current duty assignment, she had assisted different divisions with a variety of tasks within the department. 
Katy has been assigned a multitude of tasks and completed each with speed, accuracy and with great pride in each project. Katy’s assistance to this department is an excellent example of the care and dedication Katy has for the people of the City of Gainesville. 


August 2017
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Royce Martin, Streets Maintenance Worker III-Public Services Department
Awarded Employee of the Month in recognition and appreciation for excellent customer service and dedication to the City of Gainesville and its citizens.
When an 18-wheeler driver inadvertently made a wrong turn which had him heading toward a residential area, Royce Martin assisted the driver to help him get out of that bind and headed in the right direction. The driver was very appreciative of Royce’s assistance and called the office to report that Royce was very helpful and courteous in assisting him.  
Royce’s assistance to this driver is an excellent example of the customer service we strive to provide the community and also of the care and dedication Royce has for the people of the City of Gainesville.

July 2017
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Stephanie Payeur, Secretary-Public Services Department
Awarded Employee of the Month in recognition and appreciation for dedication to the City of Gainesville and its citizens.
Recently, a City resident called in to the Public Services Department to complain that the City had torn up her front yard. Stephanie answered this phone call and took the resident's complaint, telling the resident she would find out what had occurred. Stephanie checked with the Street and Water work crews who informed her that they had not done any work in the resident's yard. Stephanie then took it upon herself to find out who had been working in the resident's yard. Stephanie did not have the resident's phone number to be able to contact the resident to report what she had found, so she had a note hand-delivered to the resident's address with the information. The resident was very impressed with Stephanie's courtesy, her willingness to find out who was responsible, and also her thoughtfulness in making sure the resident was notified of that information. The resident was able to contact the workers who tore up her yard and have them make it right and called the City to offer praise for Stephanie "going the extra mile." 
Stephanie’s assistance to this resident is a demonstration of her care and dedication she has for the people of the City of Gainesville.

June 2017
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Brad Thompson, Fire Lieutenant-Gainesville Fire Department
Awarded Employee of the Month in recognition and appreciation for dedication to the 
the City of Gainesville and its citizens.
Brad did an outstanding job coordinating the Shattered Dreams Program at the Gainesville High School. This Program is a real-time and real-life re-creation of what can happen if students drink and drive. This mock drill scenario is set up at the high school for high school students to witness and begins with the first arriving emergency services and ends with a hearse taking one of the student actors to the morgue. The cast of characters is extensive and includes the Gainesville Fire Department, Gainesville Police Department, Texas Highway Patrol, Cooke County EMS, CareFlite, North Texas Medical Center, Cooke County Justice of the Peace, Gilbert Wrecker Service, a local mortuary and many others. After the scenario, Brad spoke with the students about the dangers of drinking and driving, going above and beyond to impress upon the students how drinking and driving could ruin their lives. 
Brad’s work and involvement in bringing this program to Gainesville High School students shows the professionalism he brings to his job, as well as the care and dedication he has for the people of the City of Gainesville.


May 2017
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Brenton Porter, Airport Line Technician-Municipal Airport
Awarded Employee of the Month in recognition and appreciation for dedication to the Gainesville Municipal Airport, the City of Gainesville, and its citizens. Brenton is an exceptionally team-oriented employee. He has been especially helpful assisting Customer Service in reading water meters when they were short-handed. Brenton was able to perform the work effectively and efficiently, which was far different from his job as an Airport Line Technician for the Municipal Airport, and as a result, was instrumental in keeping utility billing on schedule for the citizens of Gainesville. His willingness to help other departments demonstrates his commitment to the City organization as a whole. Brenton is trustworthy, dependable, and friendly. He is always willing to lend a helping hand without question or hesitation.



March 2017
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Paul Bacchus, Fire Apparatus Operator III-Fire Department
Awarded Employee of the Month in recognition and appreciation for dedication to the Fire department, City of Gainesville and its citizens. Paul is an exceptionally team-oriented employee. While off duty Paul took the initiative to assist his fellow employee in the preparation of an upcoming exam. Paul demonstrated the act of caring and assisting your fellow employee. Paul exhibits a strong desire of helping others and how we all should treat one another. Paul is a valuable asset to the City. Paul is a driving force with the medical program and helps with various educational programs within the school system. He is also a part of the swift water and high angle rescue teams. Paul is dedicated in all facets of his job and he continues to strive to represent the City in a professional manner.

 


February 2017
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Karla Vessels, Accounting Technician II-Administrative Services/Finance
Awarded Employee of the Month in recognition and appreciation for dedication to the Finance Department, City of Gainesville and its citizens.
Karla is an exceptionally team-oriented employee. She is always helpful when any department needs assistance and is especially helpful assisting the Human Resources Department with projects and being a "back up" for HR staff. Karla is always quick to respond to messages or requests for information.
She is trustworthy, dependable and always friendly. She makes the workplace very enjoyable with her outgoing personality, and her perpetual good mood and positive attitude are contagious to those with whom she works. Karla is also very supportive of City-related activities and always participates in employee events.

 


January 2017
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Charles Lawson, Heavy Equipment Operator-General Services/Solid Waste
Awarded Employee of the Month in recognition and appreciation for dedication to the General Services Department, City of Gainesville and its citizens.
Charles continues to demonstrate his care for our community in his thoughtful actions. Recently a local resident contacted the General Services Department to express her appreciation for Charles doing a great job, going above and beyond what is expected of him and also commended him for his integrity and selflessness. 
Charles has the ability to anticipate the needs of the community and take action as needed. It is employees like Charles who help make our community and our City great.