Employee of the Year

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Congratulations to our 2019 Employee of the Year!


 Katie Drye, Planning and Development Services Department

2019 Winner

The 2019 Employee of the Year was honored at the Town's recognition Celebrate the Best bash held on December 4, 2019. The winner was Katie Drye, principal planner with the Planning and Development Services Department. Drye joined the Town as a senior planner in March 2016 and moved into her current role as a principal planner in January of this year. In her time with the Town, she has led major projects such as the redevelopment of Cary Towne Center and a number of challenging rezoning cases. She regularly appears at neighborhood meeting presentations to update and receive feedback from citizens on Town development projects.

Program History

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.

Employee of the Year - PAST WINNERS

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 and the winner determined by Department Directors. The Employee of the Year receives a plaque, recognition at the December Town Council meeting and a $4,000 monetary award.

Program Benefits

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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