Routt County honors employees who exemplify core values |

Routt County honors employees who exemplify core values

Routt County Human Resources Assistant Georgian Kalow, left foreground, and CSU Extension Assistant Jessica Quigley were recognized Oct. 10 for their devotion to Routt County's core values by the Board of Commissioners Doug Monger, Cari Hermacinski and Tim Corrigan. A third honoree, County Purchasing Agent Marti Hamilton, was unable to attend.

— A trio of Routt County government employees were recognized Oct. 11 for their commitment to a set of core values that bind county staff together.

Honored on Monday by the county's Core Values Committee in tandem with the County Personnel Committee were Human Resources Administrative Assistant Georgian Kalow, CSU Extension Administrative Assistant Jessica Quigley and County Purchasing Agent Marti Hamilton.

Those core values include traits like trust, integrity, efficiency, fiscal responsibility, effectiveness and responsibility.

The core value labeled fiscal responsibility entails: "An obligation to be accountable to the fiscal policies of Routt County by balancing efficiency and flexibility with budgetary discipline, while seeking sustainable resources, practicing long-term planning an prudent use of debt."

Readers can learn more about all five core values at the county website.

"These are individuals who demonstrate one or more core values in their daily work," committee member and county purchasing administrative assistant Amber Delay told the commissioners during a presentation ceremony. "When they demonstrate them, it makes a difference in the workplace."

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Hamilton, who wasn't present, takes a lead role in managing bids and purchases across the range of county departments. She reports regularly to the Board of Commissioners about the bids on new heavy road equipment, for example, the Road and Bridge Department is seeking to purchase. Hamilton was not available to attend Monday's ceremony.

Kalow and Quigley both expressed surprise and pride in receiving the award.

"I had to read the e-mail about six times, before it sunk in," Kalow said. "We have the best employees of anywhere I've worked, working with them is gratifying. Our biggest push in human resources is to make sure they get all the benefits they are entitled to. That's what I love doing, working with all of our employees."

That involves 245 year-around, full-time equivalents, but the total number jumps to 320 every winter when the ski season flights are operating at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Quigley said the diversity of roles CSU Extension plays in the community, from the county fair to encouraging food safety to the master gardner's program and fielding questions from people seeking water testing, keeps her engaged in her job.

"As the administrator for three (Extension) agents, I really have to learn a little bit about a wide variety of things and be able to answer questions," she said. "I love my job. There's never one day that's the same. For me to be able to help so many people in the county is very rewarding."

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