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Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training begins Feb. 28! :

11/22/2017
Every day and everywhere it seems, more allegations of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct are surfacing - some occurring many, many years ago. It appears that many victims (and perhaps some o... (Read more)

No Election Required - 3 file for 3 Employee Council seats! :

2/13/2018
The annual Kent County Employee Council election has been cancelled since only three individuals filed for the three available positions in the organization by the January 26 deadline. Congratulation... (Read more)

Avoid a Pain in the Back with better lifting techniques! :

2/13/2018
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers experience back injuries each year. Approximately one fourth of all workers compensation indemnity claims are a result of bac... (Read more)

Levy Court recognizes 47 for Perfect Attendance in 2017 :

1/30/2018
Levy Court recognized 47 employees at its meeting on January 30 for achieving perfect attendance during Calendar Year 2017 – Each employee receives an extra vacation day, certificate of appreciation, ... (Read more)

New 2018 income tax withholding tables published :

1/18/2018
Congress delivered on 2016 campaign promises just in time for Christmas by amending the tax code, which among other things lowers the income tax withholding rates for 2018. The Treasury Department jus... (Read more)

Healthy Vending Machine can help keep New Year Resolution! :

12/29/2017
Your New Year’s resolution to “Eat better in 2018” just got a boost with the installation of a Healthy Snack vending machine in the lunch room on the second floor of the Kent County Administrative Com... (Read more)

Winter is here - Prepare now for snowy Weather! :

12/27/2017
Winter arrived December 21, so snowy weather will likely not be far behind. Prepare now for what may be numerous building closings or delayed openings. Kent County Levy Court Policy 4-2 embodies th... (Read more)

Annual $1,500 dental benefit maximum resets January 1 :

12/20/2017
Have you been putting off that much-needed visit to the dentist because you maxed out the annual benefit? Go ahead and schedule your appointment, the annual (calendar year) $1,500 maximum cost allowe... (Read more)

Commissioners eye DVIT (Aetna) as County's health insurer :

12/6/2017
Every year at budget time Levy Court grapples with employee/retiree health insurance options and associated costs, but that process could be transformed if Commissioners move forward with a proposal t... (Read more)

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Kent County Department Heads have selected KATHRYN H. “Kay” KRISS from the Office of the Kent County Register of Wills as the February 2018 Employee of the Month.

 

Kay has worked for Kent County since March 2015 and serves as a Wills Clerk II. She is responsible for scheduling openings and closings of estates, audits estate accountings and explaining to the public the many different procedures required when a family member passes.

 

Supervisors describe Kay as very compassionate and caring toward Wills Office customers. Often grieving family members are inconsolable when visiting the office, but Kay has the unique ability to offer comforting words that help them get through the estate process. She is also praised for her willingness to go above and beyond and accommodate the schedules of her coworkers.

 

According to Register of Wills Harold Brode, “Kay is the kindest person you could ever meet and very deserving of recognition as Employee of the Month. We receive so many comments from constituents about her genuine kindness and caring attitude. She has this wonderful ability to engage with people suffering emotionally over the loss of a loved one and make them feel better.”

 

Congratulations Kay on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected MELANIE A. MARINUCCI from the

Department of Public Safety as the January 2018 Employee of the Month.

 

Melanie started with Kent County in April 2014 and serves as a Paramedic II in the Emergency Medical Services Division. Her primary duties include treating patients using advanced emergency care procedures and insuring the high quality delivery of life support techniques.

 

Melanie serves as a Shift Mentor and as such assists the Field Training Officers with training of paramedic students by sharing her wisdom and experiences to those learning the profession. Also a mentor, she functions as a role-model encouraging new Kent County paramedics to achieve the highest standards of care and conduct.

 

Melanie is highly praised by supervisors for her enthusiasm and customer service skills. Her positive attitude embodies our motto of “Serving Kent County with Pride.”

 

According to Public Safety Director Colin Faulkner, “Melanie, like all our paramedics, is tireless in her commitment to deliver high quality advanced life support. She is devoted to achieving superior patient outcomes and praised by supervisors for her teamwork and willingness to work whenever needed. Melanie is certainly deserving of this honor.”

 

Congratulations Melanie on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected ANA ITURRIAGA from the Department of Public Works as the December 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Ana started with Kent County in May 2005 and serves as a Custodian in the Facilities Management Division. Her primary duties include cleaning restrooms and offices in the Kent County Administrative Complex as well as at the Kent County Recreation Center.

 

Ana is a dedicated employee who earns high praise from supervisors for her personal commitment to maintain a clean and sanitary environment for visitors and her fellow employees. She always has a kind word and her pleasant demeanor makes her easily approachable.  Ana is a dependable employee who can be counted on to complete all assigned tasks in a timely manner and represent Kent County in the most positive way.

 

According to Acting Public Works Director Diana Golt, “The work our custodians do is often underappreciated, but it is extremely important in maintaining a healthy environment for everyone working in or using our facilities. Ana diligently performs her duties with a very pleasant attitude that results in numerous positive comments from the public and visitors. She is a joy to be around and her devotion to the County is obvious by the quality of work she performs.”

 

Congratulations Ana on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected ELIZABETH A. "Betsy" CAUFIELD from the Department of Planning Services as the November 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Betsy started with Kent County in June 2015 and serves as a Planner I in the Planning Division. Her primary duties include review of site plans and subdivision plans for compliance with all ordinances and regulations­ and good planning principles; researching requests for rezonings, variances and special use permits; assisting the general public in understanding complex planning principles and practices through pre-application meetings; and preparing staff reports.

 

Betsy has earned high praise from supervisors for her effective design and management of the social media strategy for the Comprehensive Plan. She has been instrumental in developing the Plan, and consistently met aggressive and perhaps intimidating deadlines not just without complaint but with enthusiasm.  She has accomplished all of that while also managing the normal day to day activities of Planning. 

 

According to Planning Services Director Sarah Keifer, “While Betsy has been with us only a relatively short time, she has had a substantial impact on our Department.  Her GIS and social media work for the Comprehensive Plan are invaluable and her positive attitude is refreshing and very much appreciated.  We are all pleased to have her as part of our team.”

 

Congratulations Betsy on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected GREGORY J. MANSFIELD from the Department of Administration as the October 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Greg started with Kent County in November 2015 and serves as a Computer Support Technician I in the Information Technology Office. His primary duties include troubleshooting computer hardware, software and/or network operating problems; responding to telephone calls to the I.T. Helpdesk; installing new computer hardware and configuring software; and assisting County employees with various computer related glitches.

 

Although Greg works with all departments, he is assigned to Public Safety and assists with the technical challenges of an around-the-clock operation, as well as the unique inter-agency needs of the Offices of Sheriff and Clerk of the Peace. Additionally, he provides backup to the Media Systems Coordinator for audio/visual support, streaming media and meeting recordation.

 

According to Information Technology Director Kim Crouch, “Greg has an unmatched knowledge of personal computers which allows him to diagnose and fix fatal errors that often befuddle other team members. This special skill makes him the County’s ‘go to, guy’ for most operating system failures. In addition, Greg is proactive about seeking out low cost enhancements or alternatives for expiring software support contracts. Kent County is so very fortunate to have such a talented individual on the I.T. team.”

   

Congratulations Greg on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected JOSEPH W. PAUGH Jr. from the Department of Community Services as the September 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Joe started with Kent County in February 2016 and serves as a Recreation Program Supervisor I in the Division of Parks & Recreation. His primary duties include organizing and coordinating recreational programs, activities at the Recreation Center and various County parks along with special events such as the Children’s Halloween Fantasy Trail at Brecknock Park, which requires the direction of over 30 volunteers.

 

While a relative newcomer to the Parks and Recreation Division, Joe has been the point person during the busy evenings at the Recreation Center. He also lends his leadership by personally coaching youth sports programs such as tot volleyball and tot and youth floor hockey.

   

According to Community Service Director Jeremy Sheppard, “Joe has the energy and passion for providing quality recreation programming at the Kent County Recreation Center. His enthusiasm for programming earns him high praise from community members utilizing the Rec Center. Joe is eager to accomplish new tasks while mastering the day to day operations of the growing center.”

 

Congratulations Joe on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected JOHN R. WITZKE from the Department of Public Safety as the August 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

John started with Kent County in February 2001 and serves as a Paramedic III in the Division of Emergency Medical Services. His primary duties include treating patients using advanced emergency care procedures and insuring the high quality delivery of life support techniques.  As the Sergeant for his shift, John is the team leader responsible for assisting the Field Supervisor with communication, evaluation, and continuous training. In addition, he performs Special Ops duties as a member of the bike team and technical rescue group.  

 

For many years John has served on the Safe Summer Day Committee responsible for planning the annual health & safety event held at Brecknock Park. After serving as Co-Chair, John assumed full Committee Chair duties this year and earned high praise from former chairman Glen “Wayne” McCarty for his leadership and organizational skills.  Of particular note was John’s personal effort to make the annual Patriotic Presentation a moving tribute to the first responders, military service members, law enforcement officers, and correctional officers in attendance at the event. John served many years in the Air Force Reserve and was deployed to active service several times during his career before retiring.

   

According to Public Safety Director Colin Faulkner, “John continuously reflects the values of our Public Safety Department and has been a consistent top performer held in high regard by his peers and our administration alike.  He welcomes any challenge our department offers and excels as an assistant supervisor.” 

 

Congratulations John on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected STELLA J. PADILLA from the Department of Public Works as the July 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Stella has been a Kent County employee since March 2002 and serves as Laboratory Technician II in the Laboratory section of the Division of Wastewater Facilities. Her primary duties include daily wastewater sample collection and evaluation of test results for optimization of plant operations. Stella has more than 20 years of experience in wastewater operations and holds a Class III Wastewater Facilities Operator license issued by the State of Delaware.

 

Stella is praised by supervisors for her ability to accurately analyze sample data and maintain quality control. She has superior knowledge of sampling techniques, testing equipment, and the County’s laboratory processes. Over the years Stella has remained dedicated to the environmental field including serving in leadership positions with the Water & Waste Operators Association.  

 

According to Public Works Director Andrew Jakubowitch, “Stella is another fine example of the high quality staff we have working at the Regional Resource Recovery Facility. In addition to performing her duties as a laboratory technician, she recently stepped up to provide assistance in operations when other licensed staff was unavailable after one retired and another sustained a work related injury.  On multiple occasions she volunteered to fill in vacant operator shifts to prevent operators from working a triple shift.  This required her to work on her scheduled days off, or to work a double shift to assist the operators.”

 

Congratulations Stella on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected MICHELE L. GREEN from the Department of Planning Services as the June 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Michele has been a Kent County employee since March 2013 and holds the position of Planning Technician II in the Planning Division. She is primarily responsible for explaining zoning and land use rules to the general public; analyzing and evaluating rezoning and special use permit applications; preparing public notices and preparing public hearing documents for meeting packets; reviewing documents for compliance with codes and regulations; and conducting research and compiling data for various reports.

 

Supervisors praise Michele for always going the extra mile to perform her duties and exceeding their expectations. She excels in providing excellent customer service and consistently demonstrates a high comprehension of the zoning code and the various procedural processes contained therein.

 

In addition, Michele is a tireless advocate for wellness and a healthy lifestyle. She was recently elected to Employee Council and serves as Secretary.

 

According to Planning Services Director Sarah Keifer, “Michele works very efficiently with a high degree of accuracy, which is essential for this position. Her organizational and research skills are tremendous and she readily volunteers to help outside of her ordinary responsibilities. More importantly she combines her expertise with a deep empathy for citizens and employees, which makes her invaluable to Kent County.”

 

Congratulations Michele on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected JESSICA R. STEELE from the Department of Finance as the May 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Jessica has been a Kent County employee since April 2005 and holds the position of Accountant II in the general fund Accounting section. She holds two associate degrees in accounting and microcomputers & networking from Delaware technical & Community College. Before transferring to the Finance Department in 2010, she worked in the Recorder of Deeds office and the Comptroller’s office.

 

Jessica’s primary duties include daily banking reconciliation, accounts payable & accounts receivable for the Sheriff’s Office, general fund invoice payment processing, coordinating the financial aspect of the CDGB grant, and reviewing purchases in area of responsibility for compliance with County policy and budget constraint provisions implemented in 2008. Although helping process the financial aspects of foreclosures can be complex, she has won high praise from the parties involved for her professionalism.

 

According to Finance Director Susan Durham, “Jess is extremely thorough. She completes a high volume of work and does it with a high degree of accuracy. She provides excellent customer service and diligently researches tough financial issues to a satisfactory resolution. She willingly takes on more work when needed and has excelled in the cross training efforts implemented by the department.”

 

Congratulations Jessica on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected SCOTT A. McMILLON from the Department of Public Safety as the April 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Scott has been a Kent County employee since November 2003 and serves as a Paramedic II in the Division of Emergency Medical Services. His primary duties include treating patients using advanced emergency care procedures and insuring the high quality delivery of life support techniques. In addition, he is a founding member and longest serving member of Kent County’s Medic SWAT Team, which requires rigorous physical and mental training and the ability to deploy with little notice. He was previously honored as Employee of the Month in September 2012.

 

Scott is also an accomplished public speaker and trainer. A skillset which was effectively demonstrated recently when he and a co-worker developed and presented a comprehensive Active Shooter Response training program to all Kent County employees. The training course garnered widespread praise from staff members for the valuable content and effective use of video with hands-on demonstration of aftercare techniques.   

 

According to Public Safety Director Colin Faulkner, “Scott is an outstanding medic and a dedicated role model for new paramedics joining the service. He delivers the highest level of patient medical care even under the most extreme conditions. His devotion to the SWAT medic program and extra training required is a testament to the outstanding professional standards he personifies.”

 

Congratulations Scott on a job well done!

 

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Kent County Department Heads have selected KEVIN A. IMHOF from the Department of Public Safety as the March 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Kevin started with Kent County in March 2007 as a student in the Delaware Tech paramedic training program and now serves as a Paramedic III in the Division of Emergency Medical Services. His primary duties include treating patients using advanced emergency care procedures and insuring the high quality delivery of life support techniques.  As the recently promoted Sergeant for his shift, Kevin is the team leader responsible for assisting the Field Supervisor with communication, evaluation, and continuous training.

 

Kevin is an active member of the Delaware Army National Guard and has been deployed for three tours as a Flight Paramedic in Afghanistan, Iraq, and allied countries as part of the continuing war on terrorism. On the home front, he and a co-worker, recently developed and presented a comprehensive Active Shooter Response training program to all Kent County employees, which garnered widespread praise from staff members for the valuable content.   

 

According to Public Safety Director Colin Faulkner, “Kevin is an excellent paramedic that clearly has an aptitude for teaching others. He has served our Country with valor and effectively shares his military training for the County’s benefit. He is dedicated to achieving outstanding patient outcomes and devoted to his craft. He is extremely deserving of this honor.”

 

Congratulations Kevin on a job well done!

 

 

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Kent County Employee Council selected and Kent County Levy Court has honored ELIZABETH A. "Betsy" CAUFIELD from the Department of Planning Services as the 2017 Employee of the Year!

 

Betsy started with Kent County in June 2015 and serves as a Planner I in the Planning Division. Her primary duties include review of site plans and subdivision plans for compliance with all ordinances and regulations­ and good planning principles; researching requests for rezonings, variances and special use permits; assisting the general public in understanding complex planning principles and practices through pre-application meetings; and preparing staff reports.

 

Betsy has earned high praise from supervisors for her effective design and management of the social media strategy for the Comprehensive Plan. She has been instrumental in developing the Plan, and consistently met aggressive and perhaps intimidating deadlines not just without complaint but with enthusiasm.  She has accomplished all of that while also managing the normal day to day activities of Planning. 

 

According to Planning Services Director Sarah Keifer, “While Betsy has been with us only a relatively short time, she has had a substantial impact on our Department.  Her GIS and social media work for the Comprehensive Plan are invaluable and her positive attitude is refreshing and very much appreciated.  We are all pleased to have her as part of our team.”

 

Congratulations Betsy!

 

 

 

Allan Kujala - Personnel Director    (IPMA-SCP, CLRP, CGBA)             
E-mail: 
 allan.kujala@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2310
Cathleen McLean - Payroll Administrator    
E-mail: 
 cathleen.mclean@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2387
Kimm Dixon - Personnel Technician II   (benefits & insurances)
E-mail: 
 kimberly.dixon@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2312
Evelyn Jopp - Personnel Technician II  (applicant services) 
E-mail: 
evelyn.jopp@co.kent.de.us
(302) 744-2310

 

IPMA-Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP) awarded by International Public Management Association - Human Resources.   www.ipma-hr.org

Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP) awarded by National Public Employer Labor Relations Association.   www.npelra.org

Certified Government Benefits Administrator (CGBA) awarded by the State & Local Government Benefits Association.   www.salgba.com

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