The city of North Bend has named Fergus McGrath, water system operator, its 2013 Employee of the Year.
Mayor Ken Hearing and staff recognized McGrath for his many contributions and accomplishments on behalf of the city at its annual employee recognition luncheon Dec. 13.
McGrath was recognized for his strong work ethic and the pride and ownership he takes in his work.
“Fergus is very detail-oriented and knowledgeable about his job, having high expectations of himself and others around him. He always puts forth 100 percent,” said Hearing. “He is open to new ideas and ways of getting things done, not stuck in the 'that’s how we’ve always done it' approach.”
Hearing also mentioned McGrath's humorous side, noting he has named all of our resident elk, and he is the first to stop and help someone or an animal in need. McGrath has been with the city for more than 22 years, providing outstanding service and commitment to staff and the citizens of North Bend.
Several new employees were also recognized at the event. New staff members in 2013 include Carrie Lee, Don DeBerg and Aaron Forbes in Public Works; Megan O’Neal in the Community & Economic Development Department; and Dawn Masko, the new Assistant City Administrator and Finance Director. Hearing thanked the Wellness Committee for the work they do all year in support of staff and the Wellness program, and expressed thanks on behalf of the elected officials to all employees for their hard work and dedication.