Employee of the Year

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Congratulations to our 2018 Employees of the Year!

Team of the Year

Winning Team of the Year: ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) comprised of Armando Bake, Elizabeth Pearson, Rachel Baranski, and Sam Trogdon

 Employees of the Year

 Winning Individual Employees of the Year: Co-winners Dan Clinton and Betsie Winokur

2018 Winners

The 2018 Employees of the Year were honored at the Town's recognition luncheon held on December 5, 2018. Co-winners in the Individual EOY category this year are Dan Clinton, a senior project manager for the Town focusing on stormwater in the Water Resources Department, and Betsie Winokur, an operations analyst in Cary’s Public Works and Utilities Departments.

Sharing the Team of the Year award are Cary police detectives Armando Bake and Elizabeth Pearson along with coworkers from the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department Rachel Baranski, performing arts education specialist, and Sam Trogdon, senior operations and program supervisor at Bond Park.

The Employee of the Year program was established in 1989 to recognize employees who consistently perform well beyond what the standards of their job descriptions. This year’s nominees truly embodied the adaptive traits of the Town’s OneCary culture, exemplifying the spirit every day of being part of the greatest place in the world to work.

Selection Process

Nominations are open for regular full-time and part-time employees. Temporary employees and appointed staff members are not eligible. The nomination process starts in the fall, with nominations submitted by fellow employees based on criteria that emphasizes leadership, flexibility, experimentation, courage, and service excellence. Each nomination is screened to ensure that the employee meets the criteria and that the department director approves. Detailed input is gathered from the department director and the supervisor of each nominee.  A confidential committee chooses the winner or winners. Selections are announced during the annual Employee Recognition Luncheon.  The Employee of the Year receives a plaque and $2,000.

Benefits of the Program

Cary's high quality of life depends on a partnership between citizens, elected officials and Town employees. The Town provides the best possible customer service by helping all employees reach their potential.

Our goal is to be the best local government for our size in North Carolina and to be recognized throughout the Eastern United States for service to all segments of the community. At the Town of Cary, the learning never stops. Keeping Cary Great or at the top of the “arc” requires us to never stop growing, to never stop challenging each other, and to recognize that settling for satisfaction is one step away from defeat. Our Employee of the Year program recognizes employees who exemplify these ideals.


Human Resources Department
Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St.
Cary, NC 27513
(919) 469-4070
(919) 319-4567 (fax)


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