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  • City of El Dorado recognizes employees for years of service

  • The City of El Dorado recognized several employees for their years of service during the El Dorado City Commission meeting Monday evening.
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  • The City of El Dorado recognized several employees for their years of service during the El Dorado City Commission meeting Monday evening.
    The first to be recognized were those who have worked with the city for 10 years.
    Scott Rickard, assistant city engineer, was the first to be recognized for 10 years of service. He joined the city in 1999 as an engineering employee and intern, progressing up the organization. Then in 2006, he was named assistant city engineer. During his time with the city some of the major projects in which he has been involved include phase one and two of the bike path, construction of major collector roads, creation and development of the storm water utility, the El Dorado sidewalk program and the North Main and Ninth Avenue bridges. He also serves on the United Way, Boy Scouts, PTO and Partners In Education boards.
    The next 10-year employee was Josh Potter, who works in the engineering department.
    Potter began with the city in 2000 working for parks and cemeteries. Then in 2001 he began full time in the water and sewer distribution and moved up rapidly through those ranks. In 2008 he transferred to the engineering department.
    “Josh has been real instrumental in coming up with some things in our department,” said Rickad.
    Among those was single handedly getting the GIS program up and running.
    Erik Tharp has also worked for the city for 10 years. He began as an engineering aid III in November 2001. He worked on all of the same projects as Rickard has.
    “Eric is always the type of guy you can rely on to make sure things get done,” Rickard said. “He makes sure all of the citizens are taken care of. Eric is always able to put people at ease.”
    Rodney Reed also has been with the city for 10 years, beginning as a water maintenance man in 2002. He graduated to waste water operator and transferred to public works as a maintenance man. He is now an operator I.
    “Rodney is one of those guys you can always rely on to get things done for you,” said Brad Meyer, public works director. “Rodney is in charge of our traffic signs and signals. He does a sundry of different things.”
    He also volunteers his time for such things as hanging Christmas decorations and helping with festivals.
    Troy Jellison has worked with the fire department for 10 years. He came to El Dorado in 1995 and started his career in the Butler Science Fire Program, completing that two years later. Then in 1996 he volunteered as a firefighter and hired on full time in 2002. He now is a lieutenant with the department.
    Page 2 of 2 - He’s in charge of medical and in charge of the crew when Capt. Ricke Whiteside is not available.
    Larry Hill has worked for the city 15 years. He started in public works. He works on the concrete crew, doing a lot of projects throughout town, including sidewalk replacement and the two new dugouts at McDonald Stadium.
    Ronald McClure, with public utilities, has worked for the city for 20 years.
    “He started his second career with the City of El Dorado in December 1991,” Bookout said.
    McClure began working at the old wastewater treatment plant. He moved to the new plant and began operating that plant.
    “In the process he also acquired his Class IV wastewater license,” Bookout said.
    He runs the lab and all compliance testing and is a skilled inventor.
    McClure has won an innovation award to see who can come up with inventions that help things work better through the Kansas Water Environment Federation three years.
    The final employee recognized was Bookout, who also has been with the city for 20 years.
    He came to the city in 1992. He is a member of the Walnut Basin Advisory Committee, REAP and Crime Stoppers. He also holds a state of Kansas Class IV certification in water and wastewater.
    Among Bookout’s milestones are the 1998 expansion of the water treatment plant, the wetlands pilot project, oversight of the wetlands and water reclamation facility and the wind turbine. The plant has also won a national environmental project of the year award for the water reclamation facility.
    “I want to thank all of our employees for their dedication,” said Mayor Tom McKibban.
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