NEWS RELEASE ISSUED AUGUST 29, 2013 BY THE OFFICE OF KANSAS GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK
Governor Brownback Recognizes Hard Working State Employees
Topeka- Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recognized 43 State employees at a reception Wednesday at Cedar Crest, the Governor’s official residence. Eight State agencies were represented as Governor Brownback met with “Employees of the Quarter” for the second quarter of 2013. Brownback implemented the program earlier this year and Wednesday’s reception honored the first recipients.
“We have thousands of outstanding State employees, and we need to do a better job of recognizing their efforts in the workplace and in their communities,” said Governor Brownback. “Today’s reception is just a small way to say thank you for what you are doing to make Kansas a great place in which to live and work.”
The State Employee Award and Recognition Program was created by the State Legislature to recognize employees with monetary and non-monetary awards worth up to $3,500 per employee, per year. The funds must come from the agency’s existing budget. Employees recognized by Brownback Wednesday received a variety of different awards from their respective agencies but all were designated as “Employee of the Quarter” and received a certificate signed by the Governor.
Nancy Ruoff, an employee of the Department of Administration, was honored for her contribution to an eighteen-year project that culminated with a $25 million IRS refund to the State. In the first quarter of the year, she was recognized by a national organization for her work on a national payroll task force. Acting Secretary of Administration Jim Clark said Ruoff and fellow Department of Administration honoree Tammy Lee were just two examples of a high-caliber State workforce.
“We have many impressive individuals working in Kansas government,” said Clark. “I applaud Governor Brownback for his emphasis on recognizing our employees, and I am hopeful we can find additional ways to reward those who serve our state in an exemplary manner.”