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County honors IDEA winner

April 06, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

Rick Curry, a buyer in the Washington County Water and Sewer Department, has been named county Employee of the Year.

He was eligible because he was one of four recipients of the county's quarterly Innovative Dedicated Employee Award.

Some of his innovative purchasing actions saved the county more than $33,000 in money and personnel time this fiscal year, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.

Curry discovered that vendors were not refunding deposits the county made on 55-gallon drums of degreaser and deodorizer used at pumping stations. The deposits were to be refunded when the empty drums were returned to the vendor.

Shoop presented the award and a plaque to Curry on Tuesday.

"I would like to thank the county for recognizing me for the work I do," said Curry, of Hagerstown.

As winner of the award, Curry receives a $1,000 check and a paid day off.

He has been with the water and sewer department for two years and with the county for 13 years.

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He was originally nominated for the IDEA award by Debra Bastian, county director of budget and finance, and Karen Luther, county purchasing agent.

The employee of the year was selected by a group of community leaders, including Jim Cannon of the Continuing Education Department of Hagerstown Community College; Karen Giffin, public information director for the city of Hagerstown; Donna Kelley, director of training at Citicorp; Philip Ray, director of Human Resources for the Washington County Board of Education; and Ron Phillips of the Black Rock Golf Course Board of Directors.

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