During the Nov. 9 City Council meeting, the city of Woodburn announced that Gerald Leimbach and Rose Reeder are recipients of the Mary Tennant Award for Excellence.
The award is named after a longtime city recorder who retired after establishing high standards for service to the city, City Administrator Scott Derickson explained.
"It is the highest recognition that the city offers employees that are committed over the course of the years to serving our community," Derickson said. "It's not a recognition that the city hands out very often. And it's really intended to recognize those people who are behind the scenes that make our community function and work and oftentimes go unnoticed."
Leimbach hired on with the city in 1979 in the finance department. He became an information specialist in 2000 and the IT network administrator in 2013.
Reeder was hired in 2001, joined the city's dispatcher program in 2009 and became the lead bus driver in 2015. She also trains new bus drivers.
"It's because of people like Rose and Gerald that Woodburn is a good place to live and work," Derickson concluded.
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