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Miller wins IDEA award

April 23, 1998

Monte Miller, maintenance supervisor of the Washington County Regional Airport for the past 13 years, received the Innovative Dedicated Employee Award Tuesday from County Administrator Rodney Shoop.

Airport Manager Carolyn Motz nicknamed Miller, 48, "MacGyver" for his ability to solve problems ingeniously and at a low cost.

"My guess is he saves us from $50,000 to $100,000 a year, easily," she said.

Shoop, a former manager of the airport, said Miller takes great care of the equipment, treating it as if it were his own. Shoop said Miller once criticized Shoop for running equipment too hard at the airport.

One example of Miller's dedication is a truck he rebuilt. The truck is part 1983 GMC and part 1987 Chevrolet. Miller salvaged parts from both vehicles, which were slated for the scrap heap, and reconstructed the truck, which remains in use.

As recipient of the IDEA award, Miller receives a $500 bonus and an extra day off.

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The county started the IDEA program in 1997 to recognize employees whose service to the county resulted in new and innovative ideas that saved the county time and money.

- Steven T. Dennis

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