Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) - During Tuesday's Lexington County Council meeting, the members of the Council took a few moments to recognize the hard work of several County of Lexington employees. These employees were nominated by their colleagues for the Employee of the Quarter Awards.
The Council recognized the Lexington County Sheriff's Department's SRO Kevin O'Dell for being named Employee of the Quarter. O’Dell was assisting patrol officers during the summer holiday when he was dispatched to an overpass near St. Andrews Rd. He located an individual sitting on the outside guardrail over the interstate. O’Dell saw an individual who was obviously upset. He continued to reassure the individual until he was able to secure the potential jumper. He continued to provide comfort until other officers arrived.
Angela Myers of Building Services was also a nominee. Even though the Judicial Center is heavy with foot traffic, its floors remain spotless and facilities clean due to the hard work of Angela Myers. Each day, employees of the center are greeted by Angela’s smile as she ensures the building’s cleanliness. It is because of her hard work, professionalism and courtesy that she was a nominee for employee of the quarter.
Lance Myers of Building Services was also a nominee. Lance is described as a dedicated employee that always completes his objectives efficiently and entirely. Supervisors and his peers say he is mechanically minded and is quick to solve any problem. As a member of the landscaping crew, he helps to ensure the grounds on each County campus are clean, presentable, and well-manicured. He was nominated for employee of the quarter for this and other great work he does.
Horace “Bo” Hoff of Public Works is in the transportation division of public works. Primarily serving as a heavy equipment operator on the special projects crew, his work can be seen throughout the County on your daily commutes. Bo developed a training program to help other employees obtain their Commercial Driver’s Licenses. Public Works estimates this has saved the County over $70,000 since he started the training. For these reasons, Bo was also a nominee for employee of the quarter.
Glenn Hollis of the Lexington County Fire Service was also a nominee. Hollis works part-time as the Lexington County Fire Service’s Volunteer Coordinator and a firefighter. In his role, Glenn is tasked to coordinate and recruit volunteer firefighters into the service. Recently, his value was put on display as he oversaw the building and construction of many LCFS facilities, including the new East Region Service Center. For these and other reasons, Glenn was one of the nominees as well.
Andrew Thomas of Technology Services was also a nominee. As the County’s Network Administrator, Andrew is often seen walking in and out of offices throughout every building in the County every day. During the security camera upgrade project in the Marc H. Westbrook Judicial Center, Andrew took a lead role in ensuring the project’s implementation and ultimate success. For this and many other reasons, he was one of the nominees.
Jessica Hendrix of Administration was nominated as well. Leaders don’t necessarily stand behind podiums or carry weighty titles or positions. They are individuals who possess the ability to influence others and promote positive change. Jessica Hendrix is one of those individuals, as her ability to influence others is rooted in her character, integrity, and moral uprightness. It is because of her positive traits and dedication to her job that Jessica was a nominee for employee of the quarter.
And finally, Cindy Makuta of the Assessor’s Office is said to be one of the most valuable members of the County’s Assessment team. She is excellent while serving the public and is always a respectful employee. She proficiently works both real property and mobile home cases and has also spent time working up rollback tax estimates and rollback tax bills for owners, which takes both diplomacy and tact. It is because of her many positive traits that Cindy was a nominee for employee of the quarter.
Congratulations to all these deserving employees. In the eyes of the County of Lexington, all these team members are considered winners in their own way!