North Bend names two Employees of the Year for 2017

  • Thursday, December 21, 2017 12:24pm
  • Life

In an unprecedented tie vote, the city of North Bend chose two Employees of the Year for 2017; Jennifer Bourlin, Utilities Coordinator, and Larry Shaw, Lead Street Technician.

These two employees received the same number of votes from coworkers. Mayor Ken Hearing and staff recognized Bourlin and Shaw for their many contributions and accomplishments on behalf of the city at the annual Wellness Employee Recognition luncheon Dec. 14.

Bourlin was recognized for exemplary customer service skills, politeness and quiet confidence as she attends to utility customers. Her co-workers mentioned that she is proactive in her job and vigilant about citizens with suspiciously high bills by sending out water crew to investigate for potential leaks.

Mayor Hearing said, “It has been particularly difficult recently for her as a result of a much-needed sewer increase, but, like all things, she handled it with style, class and kindness that is the hallmark of her personality. This award is well deserved.”

The mayor and staff also recognized Shaw for his outstanding commitment to the city and citizens of North Bend. Hearing said his wonderful personality and willingness to help out is greatly appreciated by many staff members, including the Police Department.

“He is a true team player that is dedicated to his job and the city and can often be found spending many hours helping at community events. In fact, most of us acknowledge these events wouldn’t run as smoothly as they do without him,” said Hearing.

In addition, Shaw records city council meetings, drives the street sweeper, and mows for the city.

Mayor Hearing also announced the city’s new hires for the year. New staff members in 2017 include Tom Mohr, Deputy Public Works Director; Mike Sippo, Public Works Project Manager; Jim Casassa, Water Operator, James Monroe/WWTP 1; David Miller, Community Development Director; Bre Keveren, Special Events and Visitor Information Coordinator; Barrett Hansen, temporary VIC Coordinator; Julie Harris and Cassandra Oppedal, VIC Ambassadors.

Hearing recognized the Wellness Committee for its work all year in support of staff and the Wellness program and expressed his sincere thanks on behalf of the elected officials to all employees for their hard work and dedication.

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