Phllipston to honor outstanding town worker  

  • Phillipston Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Flynn discusses creation of an award for outstanding town employee at Wednesday's Selectboard meeting. From left — Administrative Assistant Felisha Foisy, Flynn, board member John Telepciak, board Chair Kim Pratt. —Greg Vine

For the Athol Daily News
Published: 12/5/2019 9:50:25 PM
Modified: 12/5/2019 9:50:14 PM

PHILLIPSTON – Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Flynn told the Selectboard Tuesday that he plans on honoring an outstanding town employee each year. The first such award, he said, will be handed out after the first of the year.

Flynn noted that each year, the Alphonse Chartier, Junior Award is given to a Phillpston resident, or residents, to recognize their outstanding contribution as volunteers. The award is given each December on the day of the lighting of the Memory Tree.

“They’ve been doing that for how many years, now?” asked Flynn. “For a long, long time. It has to be somebody who’s a resident, and it has to be somebody who’s a volunteer, somebody who’s not a town employee.”

Flynn said that got him thinking about the town employees who have been nominated in the past but were not eligible because they are paid, or in some cases, live out of town.

“So,” he said, “people like Chief Dodge, or Chief Parker, or other people aren’t eligible for consideration for that award. So, I started thinking about it some months ago, then it came up again, and I wanted to bring it to the board.”

Saying he wants to create an award that’s a compliment to the Alphonse Chartier, Junior Award, Flynn proposed creating an award for the outstanding employee of the year. He said, “They could be nominated by a resident, or a fellow employee, or a department head. It has to be a full-time or part-time employee who works under the direct or indirect supervision of the Chief Administrative Officer, and who will be selected by me. I will not be eligible for the award.”

Flynn will be taking nominations through the month of December and will announce the name of the recipient in early January.

“We will have an employee appreciation luncheon in January,” Flynn said. “We’re already making plans for it. It will be taking place Jan. 23.”

The event will take place in the community room at the Public Safety Building at 90 State Road/Route 2A.

The employee selected will be given a plaque, a letter of commendation, and $250 in cash. “I’m looking for employees who have increased our productivity, performed beyond their normal job responsibilities, provided positive working relationships, demonstrated high quality work, offered creative ideas for streamlining town operations, or gone out of their way to provide special service to the public or other departments,” said Flynn.

Flynn noted that the cash award had not been included in the Selectboard’s budget, so he will be supplying the money for the award this year. He also said he would be putting nomination forms in this week’s payroll envelopes and that residents will be able to make nominations via the town’s website.

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