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The three are selected for going above and beyond for the public and fellow co-workers.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: CITY OF ST. HELENS - Sharon Darroux is the Engineering Project Manager for the city of St. Helens.Three St. Helens city employees have been chosen as 2020 Employees of the Year.

The city government, each year, selects an employee who consistently goes above and beyond for the public and fellow co-workers.

Traditionally, according to city officials, one employee stands out from the rest of the nominees. But 2020 was different in that the community review panel, made up of community members, chose three employees showing "outstanding work ethic and customer service."

Nominations are submitted by fellow city employees.

The city announced last week that engineering project manager Sharon Darroux, recreation manager Shanna Duggan and youth librarian Gretchen Kolderup are its Employees of the Year for their work during a difficult and stressful 2020.

Six employees were nominated by their peers for the honors.

"The panel was asked to set aside all bias and judge the nominees solely based on the nominations received, emphasizing the quality of the nomination and employee rather than the quantity of nominations," the city said in a statement.

Darroux has worked at the city for over 11 years. Originally hired as a part-time, term-limited lateral rehab program coordinator in 2009, Darroux was eventually hired full time in 2012 as an engineering technician. In 2015, her job was reclassified to engineering project manager.

In a news release, the city stated, "Sharon's nomination noted that she never shies away from accepting a challenge or new responsibility."

Among her accomplishments, Darroux started the creation of a roadway database to track problem areas in the city.

Duggan has logged a decade of service for the city. In December 2010, Duggan was hired as a utility billing specialist. After several years with the city, Duggan was promoted to full time as the city's recreation manager in July 2019.

Kolderup has worked for St. Helens for nearly five years. She was hired in April 2016 as a librarian to oversee the St. Helens Public Library's youth services.

The city noted that "Shanna and Gretchen have worked in partnership during the COVID-19 pandemic to leverage library and recreation resources to create additional family activities in St. Helens. Their nomination noted their deep commitment to the missions of the library and recreation program and their commendable ability to quickly adapt to serve the families of St. Helens."

The St. Helens Employee of the Year tradition started in 2013.


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