By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
City of Yukon Public Works employee Jay Ross took a break from snowplowing duties this week to accept a surprise award.
Ross was honored during the Dec. 15th Yukon City Council meeting as the City of Yukon’s “City Employee of the Year.” Assistant City Manager Tammy Kretchmar made the announcement inside the council chambers of the Centennial Building, 12 S 5th.
“We appreciate all you do Jay and congratulate you on this award,” Kretchmar told Ross. “Thank you very much.”
Yukon city employees nominate and vote for their peers in an annual contest.
Kretchmar shared comments that fellow employees submitted about Ross as this year’s winner:
“The Employee of the Year is dedicated to their job and to the city … they are always willing to help … this person always has a positive attitude … and this person is very knowledgeable about his department.”
Ross, who has been with the City of Yukon for 18 years, thanked fellow City employees for selecting him for this honor.
GET BACK OUT AND PLOW
Assistant Public Works Director Jeff Deckard pointed out that Ross – a member of Yukon Public Works’ streets division – was out working on the snowplow Tuesday night and came off his route to accept the award.
After the presentation, Mayor Shelli Selby chuckled as she advised Ross to “get back out there and plow slow.”
Several inches of snow fell throughout the day Tuesday.
Joining Ross as City Employee of the Year finalists this year were: Librarian Sara Schieman, Parks Maintenance Superintendent Jason Worden and Parks Maintenance employee Michael Hewitt.
“We’re very proud of all of these employees,” Kretchmar said.
“They all do a great job here with the City of Yukon.”
Yukon’s City Employee of the Year is typically announced during the City Employee Christmas Party at the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore. However, the party was canceled this month due to COVID-19.
“We appreciate Jay and all of our other employees too who became finalists this year for the Employee of the Year award,” Kretchmar said.