Bell County honors employees, officials
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 by Chuck Kelly
Brisket, sausage, beans and potato salad were on the menu for the annual Bell County employee appreciation barbeque at the Bell County Expo Center, hosted and paid for by elected officials. Several officials who are retiring or seeking a different office spoke to the crowd of hundreds of current and former employees. Longtime Sheriff Dan Smith was unable to attend but sent a note that was read by Bell County Judge Jon Burrows.
The most hearty applause was when the county's longest-serving employee, Judith L. Heard, was presented a thirty years service award pin and special plaque for her work at the jail.
Twenty five years service award pins and certificates were given to: James E. Nichols, Peggy C. Dillard, Jill A. McAfee, Carolyn F. Harrington, G.W. Ivey, Dorothy D. Bland, Bobby D. Anderson Jr., Lee S. Love, Timothy R. Steglich and Carol A. Sedlacek.
Twenty years service pins and certificates were given to: Steven A. Ganley, Alice Y. Stamper, Melissa L. Yoder, Monica M. Cerda, Diane L. Davis, Susie P. Osuna, Teresa A. Stover, Richard E. Fischbach, Robert T. Koblosh, Arden J. Rivenbark, Irene M. Sperry, Tommy L. Carroll, Debra G. Chandler and Glenn W. Pitrucha.
Service Award pins for fifteen years were handed to: Pauline Chavez, Wilma Paige, Robert (Joe) Bernier, Mark E. Danford, Charlotte A. Luther, Joseph L. Sturgeon, Judy M. Taylor, Wanda T. Wilkerson, George L. Barron, Christine F. Ekdahl, Mary D. Hair, Sharon D. McPherson, Cynthia L. Mashburn-Vanecek, Mark S. Tengler and Melissa T. Vrabel.
Ten years Service Award pins went to: Amanda L. Ramirez, David D. Centers, Aubrey M. Hussey, Amy M. Retz, Thomas G. (Tom) Prado, Angela M.Swan, Janey L. Heath, LaJuana K. (Kay) West, Sharon K. Pruitt, Sandra L. Alvarado, Robin M. King, Audra S. Wilson, Kathleen Hogue, Michael Waldman, Frank M. Tyquiengco, Bruce J. Bacos, Derek Elam, Donna M. Neagle, Enrique Rodriguez, Byron J. Shelton, Dorothea (DeeDee) Colon, Tammy Brewer, Lisa H. Godley, Delores Ross, Tressa R. Parker, Clifton T. Goonan, James E. Lewing and Natalia Gonzales.
Service awards pins for five years were presented to: Jose M. Carrillo, Gilda Felix, Rosa Gama, Aricela Gonzalez, Nieves Mendoza, Rafael Payan, Sara Ramirez, Alicia Rodriguez, Gilbert Sanchez, Michelle Harding, Howard Harris, KC Herron, Samantha Kistler, Larae B. Lopez, Patricia Ontiveros, Todd A. Pouncey, Anastacio (AJ) Torres, Santos Cadena, Abril C. Lamb, Susan Y. Sarrazin, Shelley Coston, John Mischtain, Lawrence L. (Lee) Lingo, Earl E. Lloyd, Irene Gonzales, Brigitte Minica, Stephen D. Eubanks, Rita Bradley, James Chambers, Francis Clarke, Willie Dawkins, Julia R. Helems, James Kohler, Eric Lopez, JR Santana, Milton Smith, Jean M. Ortiz, Deandrea A. Brazile, Sharon K. Brown, Judith Charles, Russell Clinton, Andea F. Conwright, David W. Cox, Debbie K. Cox, Wanda Gilkey, Kathy A Hardee, William C. Lewis, Monico M. Monroe, Roni Ray, Carmen H. Sanders, Charles R. Varnado, Claudia Mehrens, Ricky C. Holcomb, William A. Hudgens, Robert P. Law, Cecilio Ramirez, Emilio Ramirez, Lee W. Richards, Martin G. Sutter, Christopher Waugh, Beth L. Klovanish, Joe M. Lopez, Mary J. McWilliams, Michael Pinkert, Susan F. Weaver, Randall T. Rakowitz and Shannon M. Loris.
Retiring District Judges Joe Carroll and Rick Morris expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to serve Bell County for such a long period of time.