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Berlin recognizes employees

Town of Berlin employees are recognized during an annual ceremony at town hall, held last Friday.

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(March 21, 2019) Town of Berlin officials last Friday honored workers for five, 10, 15 and 20 years of service at a fourth-annual employee-recognition ceremony at Town Hall.

“We can’t tell you how much we appreciate the special work you all do,” Mayor Gee Williams said. “I know the mayor and council are particularly grateful for the way you handle yourselves so professionally.

“The work you do means that you don’t always see people at their best, especially if the lights are out, there’s a water main spouting water, [or] a trash emergency — whatever it is, we always hear you took care of it, you did a great job and you were so polite,” he continued. “You probably don’t hear it enough, but besides doing your job that’s what makes you so professional … and we’re so proud of you.”

Williams, who has served for 15 years as both mayor and a councilman, was among those honored.

Councilman Thom Gulyas, in presenting a proclamation to Williams, said he echoed his sentiments.

“I know I say this all the time, but you make us look good,” Gulyas said. “You make [our] jobs a lot easier. And I want to thank you all for that.”

Other honorees were Police Cpl. Christopher Bireley (20 years), water distribution worker James Lockwood (15 years), Police Spo. Edward Carmean and Councilman Troy Purnell (10 years), and Assistant Waste Water Superintendent Keith Dukes, water distribution worker Ryan Showell, Spraysite Supervisor Meghan Pfaller, Planning Director Dave Engelhart, accountant Rondell Wise, and Town Administrator Laura Allen (five years).