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Commission honors dedication to county
Employee longevity recognized
long-time county employees
Pictured are Barton County employees who were recognize by the Barton County Commission, along with commissioners, Monday morning. In all, 27 employees represented 345 years of continuous service. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune

Praising the longevity of Barton County personnel, the County Commission Monday morning presented service awards to 27 employees who represented a total of 345 years of combined employment. Recognized were staff members with five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of continuous service, said County Administrator Phil Hathcock.

“I want to thank all of you, commission Chairman Jim Daily said. “This means a lot.”

“This is very telling that Barton County is a pretty good place to work,” Commissioner Jennifer Schartz said. “It speaks very well for the county.

Honored were:

Five years

• Steve Billinger, Sheriff’s Office

• Mark Cooper, Environmental Health

• Nic Katzenmeier, Sheriff’s Office

• Phil Kepka, Appraiser’s Office

• Barry McManaman, Engineering

• Casey Rowland, Juvenile Services

• Shannon Royer, Health Department

• Aaron Smith, Solid Waste

• Randy Smith, Sheriff’s Office

• Tera Tiemeyer, Engineering

• Paige Volkel, Treasurer’s Office

• Gina Werth, Administrator’s Office

10 years

• Linda Francis, Sheriff’s Office

• Jennifer Hamby, Solid Waste

• Tim McQuade, Communications/911 

• Steven Miller, Road and Bridge

15 years

• Stanley Behrends, Road and Bridge

• Guy Disney, Sheriff’s Office

• Jerald Loesch, Road and Bridge

• Jennifer Schartz, Commission 

20 years

• Michael Daniel, Juvenile Services

• Kutis Schaub, Road and Bridge

25 years

• Douglas Matthews, County Attorney

• Dena Popp, Communications/911

30 years

• Bev Scbmeidler, County Clerk

• Bettejane Wooding, Engineering/Mapping

35 years

• Brad Patzner, Sheriff’s Office