Honored employee says co-workers make job easy Award is given to job training specialist

January 29, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Carroll County's employee appreciation award ceremony resembled a meeting of a mutual admiration society yesterday.

Sandi Myers, an operations specialist for seven years with the county Job Training Partnership Act office, was recognized by her co-workers for her outstanding work and dedication to her job.

But in accepting the award, Ms. Myers shot the honor right back to her fellow employees.

"I told my co-workers that I really do like what I do, and that they make it easy for me to like what I do," she said in an interview after the ceremony and reception. "We all get along and mesh very well. We all complement each other.

"I feel honored that this award came from the people I work with every day."

The award, given four times a year by the Carroll County commissioners, recognizes employees for "making life more pleasant for citizens and co-workers . . . and exemplifying the mission of the Board of Commissioners to serve the citizens of Carroll County," said former Ombudsman Committee member Glenda Lohmberg, reading from the nomination form.

The 14-member Ombudsman Committee reviews nominations from county employees and selects the winner. All recipients receive a plaque from the commissioners and a $100 savings bond.

"She [Ms. Myers] stood out because of the overload of work we've had that she handles," said Ms. Lohmberg, who is a training coordinator in the JTPA office. "She is key in doing what we do. She's the first person people see when they come through the program."

Ms. Myers' duties include supervising the summer youth employment and training program, determining if people are eligible for JTPA assistance, monitoring the office's progress in state programs and presenting programs on job training to people who have been laid off.

"I'm involved a lot when people first come in, but once they get active with the training programs they're more with their training coordinator," said Ms. Myers. "I see them as they move along, and after they get jobs, they come back to visit. It gives you a

nice feeling of satisfaction."

Ms. Myers -- who lives in Westminster with her daughters, Jenny, 14, and Katee, 8 -- said she considers being a Carroll County native an asset in her job.

"I know Carroll County and the people who live in Carroll County," she said. "I have a different feeling for the people who live here than someone who comes to work here and lives somewhere else."

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