An employee in the Branson Public Works Department received the December 2014 Employee of the Month award for taking initiative during a staffing shortage.

Alderman Patrick Parnell presented the award during the Board of Aldermen’s regular meeting Tuesday evening to Jonathan Thomason for his work in the service and garage division of the public works department.

“The garage has been short staffed while a member of their team was undergoing cancer treatments,” Parnell said. “Being in a tough spot, the garage staff has been able to keep up with vehicle maintenance, but falling behind in their shop upkeep and other duties.

“Jonathan works in a different division of public works but does work in the same building and was aware of their struggles.

“Jon is an active sergeant in the National Guard with an eye for what needs to be done.

“In the short amount of time available between performing his own maintenance duties and projects, Jonathan willingly does any job that needs to be done, from sweeping floors and cleaning their lunch room to really messy jobs like transferring used diesel from the oil vat to the used oil reservoir and crushing oil filters for disposal, reportedly two jobs that ‘no one on earth wants to do.’

“Jonathan has performed these tasks and many others over and over, never having been asked, just seeing the need and responding quietly and effectively without fanfare, asking for nothing in return.”

Parnell noted Thomason’s actions exude the city’s values of teamwork and cooperation, excellence, integrity, and service and courtesy.

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