DUNCAN — By Derrick Miller
From the most recognizable faces to those who work quietly in the background, Duncan employees arrived in droves Tuesday at the Duncan Council Chambers.
The City of Duncan held its annual employee awards ceremony to recognize the people who were the faces of the city.
City employees filled the chairs in the council chambers, and many other employees, including City Council members, stood against the wall.
In addition to recognizing the employees, the event also marked the announcement of the employee of the year, Ronny Bernard of the Duncan Fire Department.
The recognition is one bestowed each year by a vote of City of Duncan employees. All employees of more than a year are eligible.
Bernard said he was glad to receive the title.
“It’s a great feeling,” he said. “I’m truly honored to get that.
“The City of Duncan has a lot of great employees. It feels humbling being the recipient.”
Clyde Shaw, city manager, said he thought Bernard was a hard worker and earned the award.
“He truly deserves it,” Shaw said.
Bernard said he didn’t expect to get the award but felt privileged he could get recognized for doing a job he enjoyed.
“I work with a bunch of great guys,” Bernard said. “And I treat everyone like I want to be treated.
“It’s very demanding, but at the same time it’s rewarding to help the city of Duncan families with their needs.”
Bernard said he will be retiring from the Fire Department in April after he celebrates 25 years on the job.
Aside from the employee of the year portion of the ceremony, the event also spent time recognizing all employees.
Shaw said, “One of the things most important to the city is the employees. You are what people see.”
Following Shaw, Mayor Gene Brown gave some words of encouragement to the employees to show his appreciation.
“You are the ones that make Duncan what it is today,” Brown said, addressing the employees. “It’s not the mayor or the City Council.”
He said a big part of the city was the dedication displayed by the employees.
“We’re blessed to have good dedicated employees,” Brown said. “It means so much to have such dedicated employees.”
The last time the city had a ceremony to recognize the employees was in 2002. Since then, many of the employees had celebrated significant anniversaries with the city.
Employees were recognized by five-year increments from five to 35 years and by each year they celebrated those anniversaries since 2002.
Employees recognized included:
• Five years — Nathan Carver, Ron Corcorran, Keith Pemberton, Chris Perkins, Lynn Thacker, Bo Walker, David Woods, Christina Archer, John Byers, Teresa Cabello, Christie Condit, Larry Connelly, Tom Dougherty, Chris Johnson, Jeff Pollock, John Rowley, Robbie Wilkinson, Scotty Casteel, Jimmy Dial, Karl Holtz, Tari Smith, Donnie Wainscott, Brian Attaway, Justin Evans, Debbie Fletchall, Bill Gorbet, Dana Schoening, Jonathan Williams, Russell Williamson, Jeff Arnold, Steve Dennis, Micah Lemons, Tracy Mattos, Antonio Morales, Patrick Norton and John Webb.
• Ten years — Jeff Bruehl, Terry Coulston, Bill Holden, Darbie LaFontain, Rodney Martin, James Phillips, Bob Prichard, Rann White, Shelly Amick, Judy Jones, Sharyn McClennen, Lorenzo Olivo, Bart Riley, Sonya Ables, Dan Flanders, Debbie Morre, Scott Vaughn, Don Williams, Wayne Doucet, Donny Foraker, Bettye Johnson, Tommy Norman, Jerry Duvall, Joe Shoemake and Keith Stewart.
• Fifteen years — Cindy Blackburn, Cliff English, Ron Hines, George Roberts, John Ruback, Jacquie Wilmoth, Randy Bleer, Kim Dixon, Dannie Ramming, Tim Scifres, Kevin Hammack, Chris Ray, Shawn Coulston, Rick Lang, Robert Lynn and Brenda Strong.
• Twenty years — Ronny Bernard, Dewayne Kaspereit, Mark Littig, James Minson, Mike Moore, Judy Scifres, George Williams, Donna Howell, David Yeager, Clyde Berry, Bobby Biffle, Audrey Clark, Don Davoult, Tony Howell, Jeff Johnson, Randall McAllister, Leland Morris, Karen Slagle, Larry Sullins, Jimmy Williams, Greg Wortham, Mike Allred, Billy Bowden, Stephanie Howell, Al Hoyle, Mickey Jennings, Chuck Matthews, Johnny Owens, Johnny Paige, Scott Smith, Bobby Woodrome, Rusty Brown, Andy Fitts, Dan Fletcher, Jeff Lehew, Chet Mahlow, Charles Mitchell and Jimmie Richey.
• Twenty-five years — Billy Culberson, Norman Simmons, Bobby Beck, Lam Doan, Clyde Shaw, Matt Taylor, Bill Thompson, Bill Bernard, Gary Curtis, Jay Evans, Monty Howell, Kenny Whitten and David Hancock.
• Thirty years — Dennis Farris, John Holden, Darrell Meadows and Rusty Smith.
• Thirty-five years — Eddie Giroux and Jerry Cofer.
DUNCAN — By Derrick Miller
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