Winston-Salem city workers honored

Winners of the City of Winston-Salem Employee Excellence Awards for 2016 (left to right) are: Russell Stiver, Valentin Gimenez, Frank Elliott, Ed McNeal, Kerrie Barber and Mattie Shamel. Not pictured: Tiesha Hinton.

Winston-Salem city workers honored
June 15
01:00 2017

The city held its annual Employee Recognition Program on Thursday, June 8, to announce the winners of the Employee Excellence Awards for 2016.

The program also honored employees who reached 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of service with the city, as well as employees who tutored school children last year through the Winston-Salem Chamber’s Corporate Volunteers program, and employees who improved city operations through the employee suggestion program.

The Employee Excellence Awards honor city employees in six categories. Employees are nominated by their fellow employees, and the recipients are selected by a committee of neutral observers outside of city government.

The Rising Star Award recognizes an employee with less than two years of service with the city who has excelled on the job. The 2016 award went to Tiesha Hinton, the city’s Business Inclusion Manager. Hinton oversees the city’s program to involve minority- and women-owned businesses in the city’s contracting and purchasing programs.

The other Employee Excellence Awards and their winners are:

*The Team Player Award, recognizing a crew or staff member who through their words and their actions encourages their team to get the job done, went to Contact Center Representative Kerrie Barber of CityLink.

*The Outstanding Supervisor Award, recognizing a supervisor who embodies the city’s core values and encourages the employees under his or her supervision to do the same, went to Frank Elliott, the city’s deputy director of marketing and communications.

*The Customer Service Excellence Award, recognizing an employee or team of employees who provide excellent customer service to fellow city employees or to Winston-Salem citizens, went to Crew Leader Russell Stiver and Heavy Equipment Operator Valentin Gimenez of Vegetation Management.

*The Leadership Award, recognizing an employee who provides distinguished leadership of a department or division, went to Marketing & Communications Director Ed McNeal.

*The Core Values Award, recognizing an employee who exemplifies the city’s core values of openness, integrity, equity, accountability, teamwork, respect for all citizens, fiscal soundness, and continuous learning, went to Senior Information Systems Analyst Mattie Shamel.

The selection committee for the 2016 awards consisted of Emma Allen, the owner and agent of Emma Allen State Farm Insurance Agency; Clarence Lambe, a member of the City-County Planning Board and owner of Twin City Properties; and Randon Pender, the president of the Winston-Salem Black Chamber of Commerce.

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