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December 20, 2006

Peer recognition

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.”

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