Vincent, of Citizen Services, is county employee of the year

She, other top workers being honored today

January 09, 2002

Molly Vincent, an employee of the Department of Citizen Services, has been named Howard County Government Employee of the Year by County Executive James N. Robey and the Howard County Council. She and other employees will be honored at a banquet in their honor at 6 p.m. today at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

As program manager for the Local Children's Board, a body comprised of parents and directors of public and private agencies serving children, Vincent has helped to raise more than $1 million to implement and expand services to children and families in the county.

Brian Rudo of the Department of Public Works took first place in the competition for the Great Idea Award. He designed and developed a map book to be used with the county's 200 capital projects. The book is used by county departments, public utilities and cable firms.

James D. Hobson of the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits took second place for suggesting a new formula for setting excise tax charged on commercial buildings.

Third place was won by Bureau of Highways' team members Dave Rose, Earl Griffith and Charles Vollmerhausen, who designed the county's first specially equipped transport vehicle for prisoners with disabilities.

Pfc. Thomas Harding, a 28-year veteran of the Police Department, shared the Unsung Hero Award with Margaret Merryman, a staff member at the Bureau of Highways' Dayton Maintenance Center and Administrative Office.

Harding retrained all five of the Police Department's police-dog team in a new nonviolent technique called "hold and bark."

Merryman was honored for going beyond her duties, cleaning and decorating the facility in which she works, and for cooking a holiday crab soup for the staff.

Earning Individual Customer Service Awards were Caren Logan Absolom of the Child Care Resource Center; Monica Lewis of the Department of Finance; JoAnn Maxfield of the Department of Public Works; Robin Watson of the Department of Fire and Rescue Services and Jennifer Wellen of the Department of Planning and Zoning.

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