Mayor highlights employees who go 'extra mile'

Mayor Denis Law recognizes Bonnie Rerecich during his State of the City speech. - Courtesy image
Mayor Denis Law recognizes Bonnie Rerecich during his State of the City speech.
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During his annual State of the City speech this past week, Mayor Law highlighted the efforts of four city employees for going "the extra mile for our citizens."

These are their stories:

Officer Shawn Tierney in late 2013 responded to a strong-arm robbery at the Fred Myer store in which an elderly woman's purse was stolen from her shopping cart. The victim and her husband were very upset and instead of simply taking the report and moving on, Tierney took a personal interest to help the couple.

Tierney personally called the couple's financial institutions and advised them of the theft of the victim's credit cards. Then, upon realizing the couple's house keys were also stolen, Tierney was concerned they could become burglary victims and accompanied the couple to their home where he removed the home's locks, took them to the hardware store to purchase new keys and locks and personally installed them at the house.

"This is a great example of going that extra mile to serve the public," Law said. "For his efforts, Tierney was recently voted by his peers as 'officer of the year.'"

Bonnie Rerecich has been with the city's recreation department since 1972. During her time with the city, she has been instrumental in several programs, such as the Specialized Recreation Social program, the Special Olympics, indoor playground, preschool programs, athletic programs, the volunteer program, the celebration trailer and the city's special events.

But each year during the One Night Count program in January in which volunteers fan out across the region to establish a number of the homeless population in a given area, Rerecich comes in at midnight to cook for the volunteers doing the counting. She also helps connect the homeless with social service organizations.

Public Works employees George Stahl and Dan Grant also received recognition for their efforts to locate and fix a water leak.

According to the mayor, a resident in the Highlands had a water pipe break in their front yard just before a scheduled family reunion.

"They were in a panic," Law said of the residents, who could not get a plumber to the house in time to save the event.

Stahl and Grant were able to find the leak and devise a temporary fix that would allow the reunion to proceed until a plumber could get to the site.

Law thanked the employees for their work and said they were just examples of the fine staff employed by the city.

"It's gratifying to receive comments, letters and emails or praise for employees who are going the extra mile for our citizens," he said.

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