Town of Waynesville names Employees of the Year
The Town of Waynesville held its annual Employee Appreciation luncheon Friday, Dec. 13 at The Gateway Club with approximately 200 employees attending. Forty-six employees were recognized for perfect attendance in 2013 and service recognitions for years of service were acknowledged.
Building Inspector Jason Rogers received special recognition for achieving Level 3 Certification in all five areas of Building Inspection.
Town employees brought donations of food and coats during their luncheon to help those in need in Haywood County. Police Captain Brian Beck reported on the Cops for Kids/Toys for Tots Programs coordinated by the Waynesville Police Department.
The town recognized two employees as “Employee of the Year." Both employees received nominations from fellow employees, and were found to represent the Town of Waynesville in a positive light, setting an example of outstanding performance, behavior and character for other employees.
Dean Trader, Assistant Finance Director, a four year employee, has grown professionally and achieved many personal accomplishments during that time, earning enormous respect of fellow employees and distinguishing himself as an exemplary employee, leader in the community and someone who appreciates his fellow employees. He excels in knowledge and expertise in the Finance Office with matters of accounting and payroll. Dean has served on the Town of Waynesville’s “Pack the Pantry” Food Drive committee for the past four years, and has been responsible for growing this charitable program each year, and with the help and participation of other Town employees collecting thousands of pounds of food to replenish the shelves and support the programs of Haywood Christian Ministry and the Community Kitchen of Canton.
Police Chief Bill Hollingsed was named as the second Employee of the Year. Chief Hollingsed has been with the town 15 years, continually leading the Waynesville Police Department to ever higher levels of performance, with a degree of professionalism that makes Waynesville the envy of other communities throughout North Carolina. Chief Hollingsed always brings recognition to the Town of Waynesville through his involvement, often in leadership positions, in many local and statewide boards and commissions including, the NC Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission, Governor’s Crime Commission, Waynesville Rotary, Haywood DWI Task Force, Healthy Haywood, Inter-Agency Drug Task Force, N. C. Police Executives Association and Salvation Army Board. Chief Hollingsed has worked diligently presenting the Drugs in Our Midst Program at many schools, churches, town halls and the general public to educate and raise awareness on prescription drug abuse, illegal drugs and synthetic drugs affecting this community and surrounding communities.
Town Manager Marcy Onieal and Mayor Gavin Brown closed the program with expressions of appreciation to all employees for the work done through 2013.