Project of the Year: Team Snowvid 2021
Team Snowvid provided 24/7 response to Winter Storm Uri, one of the worst winter storms in Texas History! Staff worked around the clock for 5 days maintaining services to our Cedar Hill residents - whether it was delivering firewood, accommodating residents with a warming shelter at the library, sanding roads, delivering meals or cases of water to those without.
It truly was a community effort and could not have been done without all the help and support of all City departments and community members. Everyone came together and got it done- the Cedar Hill way!
Crew of the Year: Tri-City Animal Shelter Staff
Oh the challenges we faced with technology in 2020! How do we spring into action to go from working on site to working remotely? The IT Staff did exactly that. How would any of us have done our jobs remotely if not for IT? They faced not only the COVID crisis but had serious staff shortages during some of the time periods. You really would not know that though - they kept right on moving forward to serve us so that we may serve. It is a true testimony of their dedication, customer focused attitude, and skill to keep us going in 2020 and beyond. For this, we are proud to honor the staff of IT as the Crew of the Year!
Employee of the Year: Reba Farr
After thorough consideration and thought of all employees who serve the City of Cedar Hill, she continues to come to mind. Her compassion for the City of Cedar Hill is apparent through and through. She is everyone’s “go-to” person when needing assistance with an issue. Her customer service skills are exemplary. She is one of the friendliest people that I know, and she always arrives with a smile on her face and a happy greeting for her co-workers and citizens. She can often be found assisting someone with their water bill, trash issue, dog complaint, or just lending an ear to a sweet senior citizen. Her ability to communicate effectively to any situation is polished and genuine.
Leader of the Year: Stacey Graves
The type of leadership style that Stacey has is exceptional. I realize this is not exactly what the question meant but it seems applicable and concise to me. Literally, the definition of a leader is someone who can see how things can be improved and who rallies people to move toward that better vision. Good leaders can work toward making their vision a reality while putting people first. I have seen Stacey do it. Just being able to motivate people isn't enough for Stacey. She wants to lead by example while somehow letting others lead along side her. We know leaders need to be empathetic and connect with people to be successful. Stacey does this as a leader to her team, an example to other departmental directors, and as resource and inspiration for many within out community.
Director of the Year: LaShondra Stringfellow
This director is a true servant leader. He works hard to keep many moving parts going forward, while still adding a personal touch to each person in the department. He helps keep everyone feeling like they are a critical part of the team. His willingness to step in, fill in the gaps and keep the team together means more than he can possibly know. He is kind, respectful and straightforward in how he leads, and it has made a huge impact on the level of productivity as a department and our overall communication.