Conroe, April 28 – Despite a somewhat sparse attendance due a change in policy wherein 15 year employees did not receive individual recognition, County Employee Committee member Patti Werner led a nice ceremony for the County employees who did attend. Werner, County Judge Craig Doyal’s secretary, thanked the Commissioners Court for paying for the 313 employee recognition pins for employees who served the County for 15, 20, 25, 30, and 40 years.
Judge Wayne Mack led the invocation. Former County Judge and war hero Jimmie Edwards led the pledge to the United States flag.
Doyal thanked all the County employees and told the group, “Montgomery County is a great place to be, a great place to work, and a great community.”
29 people received pins for serving 20 years more more, although more than half of them did not attend the ceremony. Lana Beathard, an administrative manager for the Library, received a 40 year pin. She originally began working for Montgomery County in 1973 but took 4 years off to raise her children. Michele Comunale, Bruce Gusher, Dan Norris, Jackie Thomas, Jim Wiggins, and Tracy Willett are the active County employees who received 30 year pins.
Carl Burnaman, Brenda Chapin, Deborah Diehl, Thomas Gannucci, Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden, Lisa Meeks, Mike Mock, David Miller, Michael Newton, Kimberly Pardue, and Sharon Wilson are the active County employees who received 25 year pins, while Robert Albritton, Scott Altemus, Chief Ken Culbreath, J.C. Devours, Karena Deville, David Edwards, Scott Hazlewood, Richard Garlock, David Haines, Josh Henry, Angela Johnson, Randy Lewis, Michael Lindsey, Stephen Mullis, Pat Nichols, Cecil Patterson, Captain Kevin Ray, James Calvin Smith, Brent Steward, Pam Traylor, Charles Thompson, and Laurie Watson received their 20 year pins.
Initially, Doyal had directed the Employee Committee not to include the 15 year pin recipients in the ceremony, because Constable Gene DeForest, a member of Doyal’s “Hit List” of County employees who opposed Doyal’s election as County Judge was one of the 15 year pin recipients. The Golden Hammer presented Constable DeForest with his 15 year pin during the March 28, 2017, Commissioners Court meeting. Later, since DeForest would likely not be a part of the ceremony, Doyal’s office announced that the 15 year pin recipients would receive group recognition but not individual recognition during the ceremony.