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Excellence in Public Service Awarded

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Greater Asheville Public Service Council recently recognized the most outstanding government public servants with Excellence in Public Service Awards.

These awards were presented to County, City, State and Federal employees who went above and beyond their normal job performance during 2010. These employees were nominated by their peers and superiors and the best of the best were chosen to be recognized on May 24. At the breakfast awards ceremony, Dr. Hank Dunn, President of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Carol Peterson, Buncombe County Commissioner, and David Pattillo, Associate Director Charles George VA Medical Center presented the awards in each category.

Thanks to the work of the employees listed below, hundreds of thousands of dollars were saved, work was done more efficiently, and Buncombe County is a safer, greener, healthier, smarter and kinder place to live.

Overall Outstanding Public Servant of 2011

Fay L. Smith, Library Technician with the United States Air Force’s 14th Weather Squadron was chosen as the overall Outstanding Public Servant of 2011.

Outstanding Executive Manager

  • Cathy Ball, Public Works Director City of Asheville
  • Ed Sheary, Library System Director, Buncombe County
  • Dr. Jack St. Clair, Business Manager, Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
  • John J. Bates, PhD, National Climatic Data Center

Outstanding Manager

Outstanding Supervisor

  • Trevis Allen, Assistant Fire Marshal, City of Asheville
  • Renee Gossett, Social Work Supervisor, Buncombe County
  • Nicole Lynch, Health Care Supervisor, Black Mountain. Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
  • Micheal Hunsucker, Chief Climate Operations, US Air Force 14th Weather Squadron

Outstanding Professional Employee

  • Seth Hendler-Voss, Landscape Architect, City of Asheville
  • Bryan Dillingham, Network Manager, Buncombe County
  • Kathy Wallace, Creative Arts Specialist, Black Mountain. Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
  • Helen McVade, Information Security, US Air Force 14th Weather Squadron

Outstanding Administrative Support Employee

  • Gina Zachary, Administrative Assistant City of Asheville
  • Joy Pelto, Paralegal, Buncombe County
  • Marcia Hipps, Administrative Assistant, District Attorney’s Office
  • Anne Markel, Administrative Assistant, National Climatic Data Center

Outstanding Trades, Crafts, and Service Maintenance Employee

  • Gordon Silvers, Apparatus Senior Specialist, City of Asheville
  • Carolyn Nash, Housekeeper, UNC Asheville

Outstanding Technician, Assistant or Aide

  • Megan Shepherd, Special Projects Coordinator, City of Asheville
  • Anthony Perrone, Graphic Designer, Buncombe County
  • Justin Page, Senior Designer, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Fay Smith, Library Technician, US Air Force 14th Weather Squadron

Outstanding Team

  • Asheville Public Safety Wireless Network Team
  • Buncombe County Detention Facility STORM Team
  • Outreach Dental Services – Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
  • NCDC Finance and Acquisition Branch

Hoyt Abney Outstanding Community Service Award

  • Lora Morgan, Administrative Assistant, City of Asheville
  • Vanessa Grant, Staffing Specialist, Charles George VA Medical Center
  • Adam Reagan, Applications Specialist, UNC Asheville

Outstanding Contribution to Improving Diversity

  • Kelley Webb, Public Information Officer, City of Asheville
  • Tina Carroll, Community Director, UNC Asheville

Outstanding Heroic Act Award

  • Lee Morrison, Motor Equipment Operator III, City of Asheville
  • Lisa Beasley, Income Maintenance Caseworker II, Buncombe County

Suzanne S. Turner Unsung Hero/Heroine Award

  • Mike Dixon, Laborer, City of Asheville
  • Dr. Cynthia Yancey, Medical Director, Buncombe County
  • Mark Clegg, Social Worker II, Black Mtn. Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
  • Douglas Williams, Human Resource Specialist, Charles George VA Medical Center

Buncombe County Commissioners to Meet June 21st

Monday, June 20th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Buncombe County Commissioners will have a regular meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in the Commissioners Commission Chambers, 30 Valley Street in downtown Asheville. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m., with general public comment at the end of the meeting during the designated public comment period.

June 21, 2011 Agenda

For more information, contact the Clerk to the Board at 250-4105 or by e-mail at [email protected].

City of Asheville Launches Website for WNC Nature Center

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The WNC Nature Center is getting a new look, digitally. The Asheville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department is launching a new website for the Nature Center, www.wncnaturecenter.com, that gives visitors information on hours and pricing, animals on exhibit, and educational and conservation programs. The website features of calendar of events, information on each of the Center’s 60 indigenous species, and online enrollment in programs and summer camps.

The website launch coincides with many changes happening at the Nature Center. In March, the Otter Falls exhibit was renovated and expanded. On April 30, the Nature Center will open a new cougar exhibit, featuring two juvenile cougars. The large felines are brothers who were abandoned in the wild.

Located on 42 acres, the WNC Nature Center is a living museum of plants and animals native to the Appalachian region, including black bears, gray and red wolves, bobcats, otters, and birds of prey. Its purpose is to increase public awareness and understanding of all aspects of the natural environment of Western North Carolina through hands-on and sensory experiences.

To visit the website, go to www.wncnaturecenter.com. For more information, contact Frank McGowan, Business Services Superintendent of the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department at 828-259-5811 or [email protected].

The WNC Nature Center is owned by the City of Asheville and operated by the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department.

Asheville City Government, Transit Closed Friday

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – All Asheville Transit routes and facilities will be closed April 22, Good Friday. This is one of eight days throughout the calendar year that Asheville Transit does not operate. For a complete list of holiday closures, go to: www.ashevilletransit.com.

For more information about Asheville Transit, call 253-5691, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.ashevilletransit.com.

Asheville city government offices will also be closed.

All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response, will operate according to normal schedule – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – during the holiday.

Buncombe County Commissioners to Meet on April 5th

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Commissioners will have a regular meeting on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in the Commissioners Commission Chambers, 30 Valley Street in downtown Asheville. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m., with general public comment at the end of the meeting during the designated public comment period.

April 5, 2011 Agenda

For more information, contact the Clerk to the Board at 250-4105 or by e-mail at [email protected].

Rail Grant Expected to Bring 4,000 jobs

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC – Governor Bev Perdue announced Tuesday that North Carolina will be the recipient of $461 million in federal rail dollars, a grant expected to bring 4,000 jobs to the state.

The federal grant should also boost economic activity in the years to come.

Gov. Perdue said that while rail improvements are exciting, the real value will come from economic development opportunities.

“It’s not just about moving people from Raleigh to Charlotte faster,” she said. “It’s about putting people back to work.”

The grant was triggered by an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway Co., Amtrak and N.C. Railroad Co. that allows construction to begin on the state’s rail modernization program.

The agreement, approved by the Federal Railroad Administration, triggers release of $461 million in 100 percent federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will pay for upgrades to tracks between Raleigh and Charlotte, bridges and crossing safety improvements, station expansions in four cities along that path and construction of a maintenance facility in Charlotte.

The funding also will enable North Carolina to improve the speed and reliability of passenger service, add a fourth daily round trip between Charlotte and Raleigh in coming years and refurbish locomotives and rail cars.

Job Opportunities at the Register of Deeds Office

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Buncombe County Register of Deeds office is excited to announce that they will be hiring four new employees. These job openings will be open to the public as of March 17, 2011. If you or someone you know is interested in applying to work at the Register of Deeds office please go to our Human Resources Current Job Listings page to fill out an application online.

If you have further questions about the current job openings please feel free to contact Deputy Register of Deeds Shellie Thompson at 828-250-4316 at any time.

Please note that the Register of Deeds office is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

City of Asheville Goes Paperless

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Earlier this month, the City of Asheville kicked off the new year by kicking paper pay stubs in favor of e-mailed payroll info. The move, which grew out of a Business Technology Improvement Project passed by Asheville City Council in 2009, reduces paper use by the city and increases accurate data basing and record keeping.

According to City of Asheville Human Resources Analyst Carol Nguyen, approximately 1,000 city employees received digital pay info on the first payday of the year. That means 1,000 sheets of paper are saved every two weeks, or 26,000 sheets over the course of the year.

“This is a cost reduction to the city, as well as an advancement of its goals for sustainability,” Nguyen said.

Currently, employees receive payroll info through city of Asheville email addresses, but an enhancement of the system will soon mean employees can see their info by accessing the database directly. That step will mean the inclusion of city of Asheville staff members that do not operate with city email addresses such as seasonal temporary employees.  Eventually, vacation requests and sick days will be logged as well, a move that project head Eric LaRue says will further strengthen efficiency in the organization.

“We are greatly increasing our accountability and eliminating the opportunities for errors, which for a government can be as important as cost savings,” LaRue said.

Digitizing pay stubs is another step in the unveiling of the city’s emerging suite of business tech applications, including digital work orders and business license applications that make up the cross-departmental Munis system.

Learn more about the city of Asheville Munis system at:  http://coablog.ashevillenc.gov/2010/11/city-of-ashevilles-technology-roll-out-increases-efficiency-across-departments/.

City Council to Hold Community Meeting at the W.C. Reid Center

Friday, November 19th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville City Council will hold a community meeting with residents of central Asheville, including the Southside area, on Tuesday, Nov. 30.  Council goals will be shared and issues of concern for residents, businesses and the general public will be addressed.

The meeting will feature presentations on the following:
– Asheville 2010: A Financial Crossroads
– Riverfront Area Redevelopment Commission
– Mission Hospital construction and impact on area roads
– Park and Greenway Projects
– Livingston Center
– Walton Street Park
– Choctaw Greenway
– Street-Related Projects
– AB Tech transportation planning
– Clingman Streetscape

Attendees will be provided the opportunity to submit questions for City Council and city staff during a question and answer session.

For more information, please contact Marsha Stickford, Neighborhood Coordinator, (828) 259-5506 or [email protected].

City of Asheville Announces Human Resources Director

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The city of Asheville announced today that Kelley Dickens will serve as the city’s new human resources director, effective Dec. 3.

Ms. Dickens has over ten years of professional human resources experience with both Forsyth and Catawba County governments and has served as the human resources director for Burke County, N.C. since March, 2008.  “With Kelley we are getting someone with a proven track record of competence and integrity.  We are excited about her joining our team,” said City Manager Gary Jackson.

Ms. Dickens shared, “My family and I have visited Asheville many times and have always been impressed with the community. To have the opportunity to work and live in Asheville is a wonderful opportunity and I am looking forward to being a part of Asheville’s team.”  In addition to her impressive career in local government, Ms. Dickens holds a master’s degree in public administration from West Virginia University.