EATON — Preble County native Eli Montgomery is being honored as the City of Eaton’s 2016 Employee of the Year. Montgomery was recognized during an Eaton City Council meeting on Monday, March 20.
Montgomery was born and raised in West Alexandria. He now lives in Lakengren with his wife and their two children, a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl.
Montgomery mainly works in Mound Hill Cemetery and at Fort St. Clair. He has worked his position since August 2010.
“I do a little bit of everything,” he added. “A lot of it is just mowing and upkeep on the cemetery and Fort, and some of the other parts too.”
For the honor of Employee of the Year, each department under employment with the City of Eaton nominates one person, whom they believe exemplifies the model employee. Then city council decides from the nominees who will be the Employee of the Year, based on their performance.
Montgomery was nominated by his direct supervisor, Cemetery Manager Brad Duke. At the end of his nomination letter, Duke wrote, “Eli [Montgomery] is a dedicated, dependable, hardworking employee. He is extremely versatile working for the Maintenance Department and particularly an asset for the cemetery and Fort St. Clair operations. Eli is charged with Cemetery Manager responsibilities when [the Cemetery Manager] is away. He is instrumental in maintaining and expanding the cemetery’s computer records. He has great work ethics, accepts responsibilities, gets along well with every employee as well as the public, and has pride in being a City of Eaton employee.”
During the meeting, council read and approved Resolution 17-06, which honors the Employee of the Year. With this honor, council pays tribute to employees who show exceptional performance in their duties. After reviewing candidates from each of the city’s departments, Montgomery was chosen as the one employee who “possessed the devotion to duty and highest standards of personal integrity” that council was looking for.
As for being named Employee of the Year, Montgomery said, “I was pretty surprised. I hadn’t heard anything about Employee of the Year this year. It surprised me a little bit.”
He added, “I’m very honored to be Employee of the Year. I have a lot of respect for the people who made that decision. I’m real happy to be Employee of the Year and very proud to work for the City of Eaton.”
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