Collaboration Shines in Cary with Employee of the Year Recognitions
- For the first time, the Town of Cary recognized a team, along with two individuals, with 2018 Employee of the Year honors.
- Betsie Winokur, an operations analyst in Cary’s Public Works and Utilities departments; Dan Clinton, a senior project manager working on stormwater; and the ACEs Team, a group of employees dedicated to building community resilience, were all honored as Town of Cary 2018 Employees of the Year at the annual Employee Recognition Luncheon Wednesday, December 5.
- Roughly 210 employees celebrating service milestones were recognized for 2018 landmark anniversaries of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years.
The ACEs Team: Sam Trogdon, Rachel Baranski, Armando Bake and Elizabeth Pearson
Dan Clinton and Betsie Winokur
Cary, NC – Collaboration shined as for the first time, the Town of Cary recognized a team, along with two individuals, with Employee of the Year honors at its annual Employee Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, December 5. Betsie Winokur, an operations analyst for Cary’s Public Works and Utilities departments; Dan Clinton, a senior project manager working on stormwater; and the ACEs Team, a group of employees dedicated to building community resilience, were all honored as Town of Cary 2018 Employees of the Year. As Employee of the Year winners, the two individuals and single team receive $2,000 and will be recognized by the Cary Town Council at the December 13 Town Council meeting.
“I’m so glad we’ve expanded the number of amazing people we recognize for their incredible contributions to our organization and the community we serve,” said Town Manager Sean R. Stegall. “I believe that you can only be great at the things you love, and it’s clear that all of our nominees – as well as so many of their colleagues – love what they do here at the Town of Cary.”
Comprised of Cary Police detectives Armando Bake and Elizabeth Pearson, performing arts education specialist Rachel Baranski and Sam Trogdon, a senior operations and program supervisor at Bond Park, the ACEs team is dedicated to reducing the effects of significant adversity on children’s healthy development. Through numerous staff collaborations, film screenings and other community engagements, this team has helped employees learn, families engage, and citizens connect.
Dan Clinton is a senior project manager with Cary focusing on stormwater in the Water Resources department. While still providing his expertise as an engineer to manage several projects, Clinton has emerged as a leader on the Downtown Stormwater working group. “Dan’s ability to connect with citizens has moved one member from being the most contentious adversary with a distrust of government to an enthusiastic contributor and co-creator in developing a new approach to stormwater management in the heart of Cary,” wrote Clinton’s nominator. Clinton has been with the Town of Cary since 2007.
Reliable and consistent are words often used to describe Betsie Winokur, an operations analyst in Cary’s Public Works and Utilities departments. Winokur has seen the implementation of many programs since she joined Cary, and in 2018 that included on-boarding at least 175 employees to get a new project up and running.
“Betsie prides herself in having open and collaborative relationships with all staff so she can access a better understanding of the work and expectations,” wrote the colleagues who nominated Winokur. “Her awareness of the importance of these relationships and her ability connect with a wide variety of staff has served well in bringing projects to reality.” Winokur has been with the Town of Cary since 1998.
Along with the winners, all Employee of the Year nominees — totaling 10 individuals and two teams, were also recognized: Special Events Team (Clay Huneycutt, John Jones, Roger Serrano, and Joey McGoldrick – all of Public Works), James Bass (Public Works), Sarah Braman (Water Resources), DeAnn Cunningham (Public Works), David Hallgren (Water Resources), James Jones (Public Works), Brandon Pasinksi (Public Works), Chad Thomason (Fire), and Sam Trogdon (PRCR).
The announcement was made at the Town’s annual Employee Recognition Luncheon at the Herb Young Community Center, during which more than 210 staff members were recognized for reaching anniversary milestones of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service. The luncheon occurred on the heels of an employee recognition reception in November that celebrated all Employee of the Year nominees as well as the contingent of service award recipients.
The Town of Cary’s Employee of the Year program was established in 1989 to recognize employees who consistently perform well beyond what the job description requires. This year’s nominees truly embodied the spirit of the Town’s OneCary culture, exemplifying the spirit every day of being part of the greatest place in the world to work.
Betsie Winokur, PWUT Operations Analyst, (919) 380-5990
Dan Clinton, Senior Project Manager, (919) 380-2773
Elizabeth Pearson, Senior Police Officer, (919) 319-4527
Armando Bake, Senior Police Officer, (919) 462-2002
Rachel Baranski, Performing Arts Education Specialist, (919) 465-4792
Sam Trogdon, Senior Operations & Program Supervisor, (919) 462-3971
Stephen McNulty, Public Information Specialist, (919) 465-4606
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240