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Water utility employee honored as county employee of the month

Posted: August 9, 2017 - 1:14am
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Columbia County Commissioners recognized Water Utility employee Connor Whittle as the July employee of the month.

Whittle was presented with a plaque by commissioner Trey Allen at the regular meeting Aug. 1.

"Connor began working with the water utility four years ago this month in 2013. He quickly made a positive impact on the department with his hard work and dedication and was promoted to crew leader shortly thereafter in June 2015," Allen said during the recognition.

"He always approaches each task with an open mind and determination to treat every person that he comes into contact with fairly. His demeanor has also (impacted) his department, which comments on his attitude when they call him out for a customer complaint. He is routinely called by our dispatch to respond to difficult customers because of his communication skills and excellent customer service."

One of Whittle's supervisors, Mark Inglett, systems operations manager, commented on his professionalism.

"He is serious about this business, and he is very thorough, and I think that he chose this to be his career, and that he will be one of the future faces of leadership here in Columbia County," Inglett said "We just want to congratulate you and thank you for being an awesome team member."

Whittle's direct supervisor, Willie Smith, water distribution supervisor, spoke to Whittle's dedication in a job that often calls for around-the-clock action.

"There have been countless nights that we have worked until the wee hours of the morning, trying to provide service to the citizens of this county," Smith said. "And he always responds, whether he's on call or not. He will drop what he's doing and come and help the guys to help the citizens of this county. He's even gone so far as coming in on his week off to help out the guys."

Whittle thanked his supervisors and called them the "true leaders" for teaching him the job over the years.

"I just want to say thank you to (Inglett and Smith)," Whittle said. "They have showed me everything."

In addition to a plaque, employees of the month also receive eight hours of paid time off and a $100 check.

 

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