By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
They are more than dedicated City of Yukon employees … they are incredible “municipal professionals.”
That was the message Oklahoma Municipal League executive director Mike Fina shared this week about Matt Fairchild and Traci Dunning.
Fairchild and Dunning, members of the Yukon Police Department, accepted 25-year service pins during the Feb. 2nd Yukon City Council meeting.
“Tonight, I’m here to honor two long-standing municipal employees,” Fina said. “That’s the last time I’m going to refer to them tonight as ‘municipal employees’.
“These are not just employees. An employee is somebody that works a job. These are ‘municipal professionals’. There’s a vast difference because a professional is somebody who has dedicated their life to something.”
The OML’s executive director – a former Piedmont mayor and city council member – has presented hundreds of service pins over several years across Oklahoma.
“I’ve come to realize the people I’m handing out these pins to not only dedicated themselves to the service they’re doing with the city, but they’ve dedicated themselves to their community.”
FOR YUKON’S PUBLIC SAFETY
Fairchild and Dunning were commended for their efforts in public safety at the YPD.
Fairchild, a police department major, started with the City of Yukon in April 1995. He began as a patrol officer and moved up the ranks to a supervisory position.
Dunning, a police records technician, began her municipal government career in July 1995 in utility billing. She’s also worked at the fire department and public works.
Twenty-five years of service is “amazing,” Vice Mayor Jeff Wootton noted.
“We appreciate them, and we appreciate all of our city workers,” Wootton said. “We’ve got an amazing group.”
Fina grew up in Piedmont and attends church in Yukon.
“I love this community,” Fina said. “What I love most about seeing Yukon now, as the executive director of OML, is just how vibrant this community has become. The economic development that (city leaders) have done is just so impressive. I don’t get to say that to every community I go speak to.”
He also offered congrats to new Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar.
“You’re going to do a great job,” Fina said. “You’ve got a good ‘ship’ here. You’ve just got to keep it headed in the right direction, and you’re going to be incredibly successful.”