City of Heath Honors Staff: Kristi Smith Named Employee of the Year

Above, from left: Cody Whaley, Department of Public Safety Employee of the Year; Jennifer Colombo, Administrative Services Employee of the Year; Leisa Price, Public Works Employee of the Year; and City Manager Ed Thatcher.

The City of Heath recently honored employees for their outstanding performance in 2014, including Kristi Smith, who was named Employee of the Year.

Departmental Employees of the Year were also recognized and include Jennifer Colombo, Administrative Services; Leisa Price, Public Works; and Officer Cody Whaley, Public Safety.

The employees chosen for the 2014 awards displayed excellence in numerous areas including on-the-job performance, customer service, cooperation, integrity, dependability, judgment, initiative and workplace knowledge as well as noteworthy achievements within the year.

“The closest government to the people that exists in the world is City government,” said Mr. Thatcher as he presented the awards. “That’s why I love this job so much, and it’s why I appreciate each of you for your service. You are always willing to do whatever is necessary to care for our citizens.”

Kristi Smith, Employee of the Year

Kristi Smith

Above from left: Employee of the Year Kristi Smith; and her supervisor and Director of Finance, Laurie Mays.

An employee with the City since 2010, Kristi Smith is Purchaser and cross trained in several areas of the Finance Department.

“Kristi can do anything!” said Director of Finance Laurie Mays. “And if she doesn’t know how to do something, she will learn. She’s truly a self-starter and a team player who always has a positive attitude, even in difficult situations.”

The City also presented Tenure of Service Awards during the program. Employees recognized include:

  • 15 Years – Stephanie Galanides, City Secretary
  • 10 Years – B.J. White, Public Works Department
  • 5 Years – Mary Greschaw, Finance Department