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Long-time city staff recognized
Council, administrators praise veteran staff for service
long time city employees
The Great Bend City Council Monday night honored veteran city personnel with over 500 years of cumulative service Pictured with Mayor Joe Andrasek and and City Administrator Kendal Francis are the honored employees who were able to attend the meeting. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune

The Great Bend City Council Monday night showed its appreciation to several city employees for their 515 years of cumulative service. Honored were staff members who have held their jobs for five, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years.

“One time each year, we try to celebrate our staff,” said Human Resource Director Randy Keesling. “It is really an honor to recognize staff that define service. I am proud of them.”

Mayor Joe Andrasek and City Administrator Kendal Francis then presented the service awards to the honorees who were present. Francis also offered his congratulations.

There will be a luncheon for city personnel Wednesday, and the honored employees will be lauded then as well.

 Honored were:

Five years

• James Gaunt 

• Jazmine Bell 

• Maggie Glynn 

• Vickie Johnson 

• Joshua Creer 

• Larami Parsons 

• Paul Leiker 

• Ethan Thomas 

• Kristi Rouse 

15 years

• Doug Prosser

20 years

• Linda Linsner

25 years

• Jim Schmeidler

• Scott Keeler

• Mark Pohlman 

30 years

• Scott Harper

• Bill Browne

• Mark Orth 

• Donald Mitchell

35 years

• Tim Wornkey

• Steve Root 

40 years

• Bob Suelter

• John Stettinger

45 years

• Doug Burt 

• David Bailey


Great Bend City Council meeting at a glance

Here is a quick look at what the Great Bend City Council  did Monday night:

• Presented service awards to city employees.

• Heard a report from City Administrator Kendal Francis.

• Heard a departmental update Public Lands Director Scott Keeler and Francis, serving as acting public works director.

• Heard an economic development report from Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters. Her remarks focused on her leaving her job with the chamber and economic development.

• Approved a one-day cereal-malt beverage license for Edgar Jacobs of the Odin Store for the Great Bend Coop Christmas party Saturday, Dec. 14.

• Approved the purchase of a used dump truck from Doonan Peterbilt of Great Bend for the Street Department at a cost of $46,000.