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CITY SERVICE AWARDS 2016!
December 1 & 2, 2016

First of all, our congratulations to Jeff Gillespie and Janice Shaffer for their outstanding work this past year in their positions with the city in the Chillicothe Street Department and the ChilliBay Water Park. Gillespie, who has been with the street department for 15 years and is now the assistant street commissioner to Barry Arthur, was named the City of Chillicothe's Employee of the Year for 2016. Mrs. Shaffer, the manager of the water park that drew more than 3,400 guests this past season, was honored as the runner-up for the Employee of the Year award for the city.

Gillespie was presented with his certificate, award, and the gifts that went with the honor by Barry Arthur, who made preliminary comments about Gillespie and the great job he does for the street department. Gillespie received a $1,000 check, two extra paid days of vacation, and a family season pass to ChilliBay Water Park from Mr. Arthur.

Mrs. Shaffer, who formerly served for a number of the years on the Parks and Recreation board and who has been the manager of the water park since it opened in 2013, was presented with a check for $100.00. During the school year, Mrs. Shaffer is a teacher with the R-2 school district.

PARKS DEPARTMENT - On Friday, December 2, the employees of the City of Chillicothe were recognized for their contributions throughout the year at the annual Christmas Party. We are pleased to announce our very own Janice Shaffer was awarded the first runner up for employee of the year! Her hard work and dedication as the Manager at our Chilli Bay Water Park is greatly appreciated, and she is very deserving of this award. Thank you Janice!

Josh Norris, Director of Parks, presented Mrs. Shaffer with her certificate and check following comments on the outstanding and very professional job done by Mrs. Shaffer in directing the 40 plus life guards and concession workers of water park operation.

It was truly busy times for all city employees last Thursday and Friday. All 74 employees of the city are required to attend the Benefits Day session held on Thursday, December 1, in the city council chambers (either the morning or afternoon session). The Benefits Day program included guest speakers from Hedrick Medical Center, Hutchinson & Company (Blue Cross Blue Shield), Lagers ( the city's retirement program); American Fidelity ( disability, retirement, flex spending and other insurance information); and a second retirement program.

The morning session began at 9 a.m. with the official welcome by the Mayor and stating the purpose of the Benefits Day program. The Mayor was followed by Ike Holland, City Administrator, who reviewed the progress and highlights of the city for the past year as well as thanking all employees for their efforts during the year in helping make all of the successes possible.

Between the morning and afternoon sessions, there was a lunch break and a special program in the second floor auditorium for the 13 employees receiving their service awards for years of service in the city ranging from five years to 40 years. Each of the employees also received a gift card of their choice ranging from $25.00 for five years of service to $200 for 40 years of the service. The service awards luncheon was for the 13 individuals receiving their award, as well as family members, special guests, and members of the city council.


Assist. Chief Sampsel, Sgt. Valbracht, Chief Knouse,
Dispatcher Thomas, and Officer Bremer. Thank you all!

Those receiving service awards and the presenters are shown below along with their name, years of service, and gift card received.

  • Presenter for the Department of Emergency services (fire/ambulance): Darrell Wright. Those honored: Frank Schnieders, 35 years ( $175 gift card); Lyle Lowe, Michael Vaught and Bill Gutshall, each 10 years ($50 each).
  • Presenter for the Police Department/Communications: Rick Knouse. Those honored: Rick Sampsel, 40 years, $200 gift card; John Valbracht, 15 years, $75; Jared Bremer, 10 years, $25.00; and Dana Thomas, 10 years, $25.00.
  • Presenter Barry Arthur for the Street Department - Jeff Gillespie, 15 years, $75.00.
  • Presenter Dave Maple for the Green Hills Golf Course - Keith Kepner, 10 years, $50.00.
  • Presenter Mayor Chuck Haney for the City - City Administrator Ike Holland, 5 years, $25.00.
  • Presenter Ike Holland to department heads - Rick Knouse, police department, 35 years, $175.00 gift card; and Barry Arthur, street department, 5 years, $25.00.

Last Friday evening, the city of Chillicothe held its annual holiday party and dinner at the Celebrations Event Hall at Fast Lanes Bowling Center. There were a record 190 employees and family members present for the event that included the meal, bowling, games for the children, and a number of special gifts ranging from tablets to a 54-inch flat screen television.


Recognized from the Fire Department were Frank Schnieders 35 Years, Lyle Lowe 10 Years,
Michael Vaught 10 Years, Bill Gutshall 10 Years. Also pictured Ike Holland, City Administrator,
and Darrell Wright, Fire Chief, who presented the Fire Department awards.

The welcome was by Administrator Holland, and the prayer was given by Bill Gutshall, a recently named Chaplin for the Department of Emergency Services. The evening and preparation were directed and handled by Administrator Holland and Tammy Midgyett, administrative assistant to the city clerk, administrator, and mayor, and the meal was catered by Jerseys Sports Grill.

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