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Only 1 Advanced Defensive Driving class scheduled :

2/17/2017
Due to lack of enrollment, the annual Basic defensive driving class scheduled for Kent County employees on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Room 220, has been canceled as was ... (Read more)

Election cancelled - 6 file for 6 Employee Council positions :

2/1/2017
The annual Kent County Employee Council election has been cancelled since six individuals filed for the six available positions by the January 31 deadline. Congratulations to returning member PATTY O... (Read more)

60 Employee Recognized for Perfect Attendance :

1/24/2017
Levy Court recognized 60 employees at its meeting on January 24 for achieving perfect attendance during Calendar Year 2016 – Each employee receives an extra vacation day, certificate of appreciation, ... (Read more)

Annual Dental Plan Maximum reset January 1 :

1/20/2017
Have you been putting off that much-needed visit to the dentist because you maxed out the annual benefit? Don’t wait a minute longer, the annual (calendar year) $1,500 maximum cost allowed under the ... (Read more)

Winter is here - prepare now for snowy weather! :

1/5/2017
Winter arrived December 21, so snowy weather will likely not be far behind. Prepare now for what may be numerous building closings or delayed openings. Kent County Levy Court Policy 4-2 embodies th... (Read more)

County Compensation Greater than Annual Salary :

12/1/2016
Employees should know exactly what their benefits cost the County government during Fiscal Year 2017 thanks to Benefit Summaries distributed to all full-time employees on November 30. The summaries a... (Read more)

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Kent County Department Heads have selected KIA EVANS from the Department of Administration as the February 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Kia has worked as the Public Information Officer for Kent County since October 2012. Her primary duties include media relations for the purpose of keeping citizens informed about County government activities.

 

Kia serves as the County’s contact person with the local news media. She is often the first person contacted by WBOC-TV, News Journal, Delaware State News, and radio stations about breaking stories involving the County government.  Her professionalism, eloquence, and poise are valuable attributes that yield quality results in the presentation of information in a positive, clear and concise manner to the benefit of Kent County.  Her unique position allows her to work closely with all the departments and elected officials.

 

Kia also has responsibility for County public relations efforts including the publication of the quarterly Kent County Levy Court Community Newsletter as well as publicity for Levy Court sponsored tributes, initiatives, and events such as Youth in Government Day. In addition, she researches emerging issues for the County Administrator and maintains relationships with a network of resources vital to the County’s decision making process.

 

According to County Administrator Michael Petit de Mange, “Kia Evans is an outstanding professional who maintains a great work ethic and provides high quality customer service.  Kia is a disciplined, self-motivated team player and is a joy to have on Staff.  Her prior public relations background with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Delaware State University has prepared her well to excel here at Kent County. I am impressed daily by her ability to get ahead of the news cycle and position the County for the most favorable coverage. She has certainly earned the honor of being recognized as Employee of the Month.”

 

Congratulations Kia on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected SKYLAR D.WILLEY from the Department of Public Works as the January 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Skylar, a Maintenance Worker II in the Division of Wastewater Facilities, has worked for Kent County since October 2014. His primary duties include maintenance of buildings and grounds located at the Regional Resource Recovery Facility including the UV disinfection system, painting, and general repairs.

 

Supervisors describe Skylar as extremely capable with a wealth of knowledge in construction, pumps, motors, and electricity.  He has taken it upon himself to become proficient in the operation in all work-related equipment and can even rebuild the hot end bearing of the biosolids dryers. His ingenuity saves thousands of dollars when he diagnoses mechanical problems and then develops a workable solution. After only two years with the County, he can skillfully disassemble and repair the ultraviolet disinfection units which are vital to the wastewater treatment process.

 

According to Public Works Director Andrew Jakubowitch, “Skylar is a highly skilled member of the team with a positive attitude and willingness to do anything you ask. He can machine and weld metal, fashion power cables, provide solutions to mechanical issues at the Facility, and anticipate what is needed to complete a particular repair. Skylar has consistently exceeded our expectations and has certainly earned the honor of being recognized as Employee of the Month.”

 

Congratulations Skyler on a job well done!

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Kent County Department Heads have selected ANDREW T. RIGGI, P.E. from the Department of Public Works as the December 2016 Employee of the Month.

 

Andy has been a Kent County employee since September 2012 and serves as an Engineering Project Manager III in the Division of Engineering. His primary duties include performing professional engineering work with emphasis on design and construction. In addition, he performs research, analysis, and assessments in order to develop reports and recommendations on proposed and ongoing projects. 

 

Shortly after joining the staff, Andy proved his engineering prowess and coordination skills as the project manager for the $1.5 million HVAC upgrade, telephone replacement, and parking lot expansion projects at the Department of Public Safety all while the Emergency Operations Center remained fully functional.

 

But Andy’s most recent accomplishment pales in comparison.  In mid-November, the $24 million Nutrient Removal & Expansion Project at the Kent County Regional Resource Recovery Facility was finally completed with much fanfare and well deserved accolades for the project manager. Andy was proactive in his approach and confidently managed numerous vendors and subcontractors in all phases of construction with ever present attention given to the budget and project timelines. His level of common sense and innovative problem solving puts him at the top of his profession.

 

According to Public Works Director Andrew Jakubowitch, “Andy spent countless hours working on this huge project no matter the weather or the hour of day. When challenges arose, as they always do, he was there with a unique solution. Not enough can be said about Andy’s positive, energetic and hard-working attitude. He values his team, he communicates well, and he gets things done.”  

 

 Congratulations Andy on a job well done!

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Kent County Department Heads have selected KAREN COOPER from the Department of Finance as the November 2016 Employee of the Month.

 

Karen has been a Kent County employee since December 2004 and serves as a Property Specialist II in the Assessment Office. Her primary duties include processing the elderly and disability tax abatement applications, assisting customers on the phone and in person, making billing address changes, proofreading deed transfers, researching returned mail, and organizing and filing routing forms. 

 

            Karen is praised by her supervisor for her willingness to learn new tasks and to help out as needed.  She recently aided her previous worksite, the Tax Office, by filling in during the busy tax season.  Karen is devoted to mastering any job related skills and searches for ways to improve them to better meet the needs of the customers she serves. She consistently provides exceptional customer service to Kent County constituents, helping them to complete and turn in the necessary forms required for tax exemptions. 

 

According to County Finance Director Susan Durham, “The Finance team is so very proud of the professional growth Karen has exhibited over the years. She has made a personal commitment to understand how all components of our organization are interconnected. As a result, Karen can offer a comprehensive and succinct explanation to any citizen inquiry.  She not only knows where to find the answers to customer questions, she can explain “why” a particular procedure, process, or rule applies to a particular situation.  This ability is incredibly valuable in the assessment office.”       

 

            Congratulations Karen on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected FRANCES S. GUNNING from the Department of Community Services as the October 2016 Employee of the Month.

 

Fran has been a Kent County employee since September 2002 and serves as a Library Technician in the Division of Libraries. Her primary duties include operating the bookmobile, assisting library patrons with book and material selection, cataloging and processing library materials, and assisting visitors with the public computers and Internet access.  

 

Fran is praised by her supervisor for her outstanding customer service.  She is devoted to meeting the needs of remote library users in underserved communities such as the Veterans Home, senior housing communities, daycare centers and charter schools. Fran knows her customers personally and has developed strong ties with patrons.  Her dry humor and genuine interest in regular bookmobile users make Fran popular with the customers she serves.   

 

According to County Librarian Hilary Welliver, “Fran is the Bookmobile’s most passionate advocate.  The word ‘bookmobile’ literally means ‘books in motion’ and Fran is the epitome of that, making fifteen stops a week in every Levy Court District.  She is the bookmobile’s sole operator – literally making the mobile library live up to our motto as The Friendly Library on the Highway.”

 

Congratulations Fran on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected EARL T. BRIEL from the Department of Public Safety as the September 2016 Employee of the Month.

 

Earl has been a Kent County employee since July 2008 and serves as Paramedic II and Special Operations Medic in the Division of Emergency Medical Services. His primary duties include treating patients using advanced emergency care procedures and insuring the high quality delivery of life support techniques.

 

Earl consistently demonstrates a high level of professionalism and expertise in patient care and is well respected by his co-workers and other partner agencies in public safety.  Earl is a participating member of our Special Operations section and as such, is credentialed in Hazardous Materials Response and Technical Rescue.  He continuously provides positive input on areas of operation in a meaningful and productive manner and frequently volunteers for departmental public relations initiatives. 

 

According to Public Safety Director Colin Faulkner, “Earl has been a   top performer in our Department who repeatedly demonstrates a high level of patient care this Department is known for.  He is a consistent source of input in a positive manner for departmental initiatives and improvement opportunities. He is always friendly to others and easily approachable by our internal and external customers.  He is praised by his supervisors for his teamwork, input and willingness to go above and beyond.  Earl is well deserving of this honor.”

 

Congratulations Earl on a job well done!

 

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected JUSTIN T. HURLEY from the Department of Public Works as the August 2016 Employee of the Month.

 

Justin, a Maintenance Mechanic II in the Division of Wastewater Facilities, has worked for Kent County since October 2012.  He is responsible for operating, maintaining, installing, and making repairs to pumps, valves, air release valves, all types of piping, and any other integral components in wastewater collection operations. Interestingly, Justin started his career here, the previous summer as a seasonal employee, cutting grass at the Regional Resource Recovery Facility.

 

Supervisors report that Justin has been instrumental in several major projects and there appears to be nothing that he can’t fix or fabricate to ensure that the County equipment functions properly. He is one of only three employees with the necessary skills to repair the ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system so that the County remains in compliance with the DNREC permit. One example of Justin’s creativity is the bearing replacement project at Pumping Station # 3. A contractor quoted an astronomical price with complete removal to repair the 302 horsepower pumps. A team of County mechanics determined that it was possible to quickly change out the bearings with the pumps in place. To complete the job, Justin was instrumental in fabricating specialty one-of-a-kind tools for the project. As a result, the project was completed successfully – saving the County thousands of dollars.

 

According to Public Works Director Andrew Jakubowitch, “Justin has proven to be an exceptional employee. His work on the PS#3 bearing replacement project is indicative of Justin’s ingenuity and the process is now standard practice at this station. He has consistently demonstrated his abilities as a superior mechanic. Justin is a hard worker, reliable and knows how to get the job done.”

 

Congratulations Justin on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected DEBORAH S. MOORE from the Recorder of Deeds Office as the July 2016 Employee of the Month.

 

Debbie has been a Kent County employee since November 2000 and holds the position of Deed Clerk II. Her primary duties include cash receipting, intake of recorded documents, and imaging various documents.

 

            Over her 15 years of service, Debbie has gained in depth knowledge of deeds and mortgage recording processes and become cross trained in all aspects of administrative procedures. She performs a broad range of duties with a positive attitude. Debbie is praised by supervisors and co-workers for her willingness to lend a hand whenever needed, especially for Employee Council activities.  

 

            According to Kent County Recorder of Deeds Betty Lou McKenna, “Debbie is always cheerful and very knowledgeable about her job.  She is very precise in her work and appreciates that the information recorded is a history of our time. Debbie loves people and genuinely cares about each and every customer.”

 

Congratulations Debbie on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected SCOTT E. TANNER from the Department of Planning Services as the June 2016 Employee of the Month.

 

Scott is the Permits Administrator in the Inspections & Enforcement Division and has worked for Kent County since January 1999.  His duties include supervising the permitting staff and reviewing site plans for Code compliance. Prior to his transition to the Permits section last year, he served as Inspections Administrator. 

 

Scott’s past experience in the building inspection and code enforcement areas has helped significantly in the overall coordination of tasks between internal office staff and the field staff. His understanding of all facets of the building process allows him to identify how all parts of the puzzle fit together on a project time line.  That ability has greatly enhanced teamwork in the Division.

 

Scott was previously honored in October 2000, but has excelled in his new assignments over the past year by raising the bar on customer service and responsiveness. His expansive knowledge allows him to fill whatever role is required, but more importantly he can anticipate a need and take care of it before it becomes a problem.

 

 “Scott knows exactly what an inspector is looking for in the field and he can readily identify if a citizen complaint is within the County’s scope of responsibility,” observed Planning Services Director SARAH KEIFER.  “He makes sure the information collected at the beginning will produce positive results when a building project is completed or a complaint is resolved. This holistic view has certainly proven to be a noteworthy time saver.”

 

Congratulations Scott on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected MICHAEL V. BENNER from the Department of Administration as the May 2016 Employee of the Month.

 

Mike has been a Kent County employee since August 2014 and serves as Network Administrator in the Information Technology Office. His primary duties involve configuring and maintaining computer network firewalls, routers, and switches for the voice and data network and system architecture for the County’s multi-site, 300+ user environment.

 

Since his hire, Mike has replaced the unsupported County Complex phone system, condensed the functionality of 24 servers into five to save maintenance and electric costs, upgraded the County’s internet speed, and spent several weekends installing new network switches as part of a $170,000 project. More recently, Mike’s technical knowledge and dedication was critical to the successful conversion of the County e-mail system from GroupWise to Outlook. The effort took months of planning, coordination, and training with minimal end user impact.

 

            According to Information Technology Director Kim Crouch, “It would normally take many years for an Administrator, like Mike, to fully grasp the infrastructure of a new employer’s network, but he quickly got up to speed and took the lead on a number of critical projects. Simultaneously with the email conversion project, Mike is converting user access from Novell to Active Directory, installing communications, network and internet at the new recreation center, and upgrading security measures for remote sites. His incredible technical ability keeps our I.T. systems operating and our end users productive.”

 

            Congratulations Mike on a job well done!

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Kent County Department Heads have selected KENNETH W. KELLY from the Department of Public Safety as the April 2016 Employee of the Month.

 

Kenny has been a Kent County employee since August 2013 and serves as Paramedic II in the Division of Emergency Medical Services. His primary duties include treating patients using advanced emergency care procedures and insuring the high quality delivery of life support techniques.

 

Kenny is praised by supervisors for his enthusiasm and positive attitude. He is dependable and has a great rapport with coworkers. This past winter, he and two fellow paramedics overcame numerous obstacles to treat patients including trudging through knee high snow on impassible streets to a cardiac arrest, shoveling snow to clear a path for basic life support stretchers, assisting elderly patient family members with snow removal, and employing active warming techniques to raise the core body temperature of a seriously injured fall victim.   

 

According to Public Safety Director Colin Faulkner, “Kenny, like all our paramedics, is tireless in his commitment to deliver high quality advanced life support. He is devoted to achieving superior patient outcomes and doing whatever is necessary, including shoveling snow, to meet that goal. He is praised by supervisors for his teamwork and willingness to work whenever needed.  Kenny is particularly deserving of this honor.”

 

Congratulations Kenny on a job well done!

 

Kent County Department Heads have selected JEREMY SHEPPARD from the Department of Community Services as the March 2016 Employee of the Month.

 

Jeremy serves as Assistant Director of Community Services – Parks & Recreation Division and has worked for Kent County since July 2001.  He is responsible for managing the development and maintenance of the County’s five parks as well as ensuring that a comprehensive program of recreational activities are offered to the public.

 

Jeremy was originally hired as an entry level Recreation Program Supervisor and worked his way up through the ranks to his current Assistant Director position in 2009, when the formerly separate Division of Parks and Division of Recreation were combined under one manager. He has endeavored to build complementary relationships between the two work groups and the community as a whole. In addition to his numerous duties as Assistant Director, Jeremy has assumed a vital leadership role in the construction of the new Kent County Recreation Center.

 

According to Community Services Director Keith Mumford, “Jeremy has been there every step of the way in the final realization of our dream to build a recreation center and provide indoor sports and enhanced recreational activities to the community.  His personal impact on the success of this effort cannot be underscored enough. Jeremy is passionate about parks and recreation and the positive effect each can have for the citizens of Kent County.”

 

Congratulations Jeremy on a job well done!

   

 

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Kent County Employee Council selected and Kent County Levy Court has honored FRANCES S. GUNNING from the Department of Community Services as the 2016 Employee of the Year!

 

Fran has been a Kent County employee since September 2002 and serves as a Library Technician in the Division of Libraries. Her primary duties include operating the bookmobile, assisting library patrons with book and material selection, cataloging and processing library materials, and assisting visitors with the public computers and Internet access.  

 

Fran is praised by her supervisor for her outstanding customer service.  She is devoted to meeting the needs of remote library users in underserved communities such as the Veterans Home, senior housing communities, daycare centers and charter schools. Fran knows her customers personally and has developed strong ties with patrons.  Her dry humor and genuine interest in regular bookmobile users make Fran popular with the customers she serves.   

 

According to County Librarian Hilary Welliver, “Fran is the Bookmobile’s most passionate advocate.  The word ‘bookmobile’ literally means ‘books in motion’ and Fran is the epitome of that, making fifteen stops a week in every Levy Court District.  She is the bookmobile’s sole operator – literally making the mobile library live up to our motto as The Friendly Library on the Highway.”

 

Congratulations Fran!

 

 

Allan Kujala - Personnel Director    (IPMA-SCP, CLRP, CGBA)             
E-mail: 
 allan.kujala@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2310
Cathleen McLean - Payroll Administrator    
E-mail: 
 cathleen.mclean@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2387
Kimm Dixon - Personnel Technician I   (benefits & insurances)
E-mail: 
 kimberly.dixon@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2312
Evelyn Jopp - Personnel Technician I  (applicant services) 
E-mail: 
evelyn.jopp@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2310

 

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