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Three centuries of service
Long-time county employees honored by commission
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The Barton County Commission Monday morning recognized county employees for their years of service. Pictured are: Five years, Kelli Cummings, Rachel Neiman, Chris Saenz, Wendy Dougherty, LiAnna Keith, Blake Vandergiesen, Erika Montoya, Jared Disney and Teresa Cass; 10 years, Tracy Miller and Liz Nolan; 15 years, Roxie Edwards; 20 years, Amy Boxberger and Karen Winkelman and; 25 years, Ellen Fischer, Linda Eggers, Bob Folk and John Sheets; and 30 years, Jim Hapes. Not picture are: five years, John Remmert, Derrick Brown; 10 years, Mike Moos; 20 years, James Queen; 25 years, Dave Paden; and 35 years, Kevin Jonas. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune

 Noting the value longevity of service brings to Barton County, the County Commission Monday morning recognized county employees for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of continuous service. In all, those honored have racked up 350 years working for the county.

Commissioners took turns shaking the hands of the staff members after Commission Assistant Diana Watson of the Employee Relations Committee presented the award certificates. 

“We have a full house today,” Commission Chairwoman Jennifer Schartz said. Between the celebrated employees and their co-workers, the commission chamber was packed.

“They are the ones who make the services we provide to the public possible,” Schartz said, adding the county is blessed with so much longevity among its personnel. “We appreciate our employees.”

Honored were:

• Five years – Kelli Cummings (Appraisers Office), Rachel Neiman (Appraisers Office), Chris Saenz (Clerk’s Office), Wendy Dougherty (Communications), LiAnna Keith (Central Kansas Community Corrections), Blake Vandergiesen (CKCC), Erika Montoya (Public Health), John Remmert (Road and Bridge), Derrick Brown (Sheriff’s Office), Jared Disney (Solid Waste) and Teresa Cass (Treasure’s Office) 

• 10 years, Tracy Miller (Appraisers Office), Liz Nolan (Communications) and Mike Moos (Road and Bridge)

• 15 years, Roxie Edwards (Clerk’s Office)

• 20 years, Amy Boxberger (CKCC), Karen Winkelman (Health Department) and James Queen (Road and Bridge)

• 25 years, Ellen Fischer (Appraisers Office), Linda Eggers (County Attorney’s Office), Bob Folk (Noxious Weed), John Sheets (Noxious Weed) and Dave Paden (Sheriff’s Office)

• 30 years, Jim Hapes (Sheriff’s Office)

• 35 years, Kevin Jonas (Road and Bridge)