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Jordan named city employee of the year

By Staff, 12/10/21 3:03 PM

PRESCOTT – For the second time, Ann Jordan was named employee of the year for the City of Prescott.

The announcement came at the end of the city’s annual Christmas party, held Friday at the Potlatch Building. In all, eight people were voted on by the other employees. Others nominated were: Pookie Dillard, Chris Hopper, Bruce Bean, Brian Jordan, Tammie Rose, Jake Cornelius and Essence Jordan. Hopper, and members of the city’s sanitation and street department, weren’t able to attend as they’re under quarantine from COVID exposure.

Prescott Mayor Terry Oliver kicked things off letting everyone know Don Clause couldn’t attend this year because of the $2 million bill from Southwest Electric Power Company (SWEPCO). Oliver said the city couldn’t afford to have “DC” come down because of that. “This has been a year to get through,”  he said.

Oliver talked about playing little league baseball, pee wee basketball and pee wee football with Bill Hubbard, who died earlier this year from complications of COVID. “That was a big shock.” From there, he talked about the 20-inches of snow the area received, followed by the $2 million bill from SWEPCO. “We had to change our attitude and things got tight.” He lauded the departments saying they all tightened their belts and curbed spending, making sure to reduce waste as much as possible.

He said he and his wife, Julie, have gone through some personal things this year, thanking everyone for their prayers, saying they’ve helped.

“It’s been a good year and we got a lot done,” Oliver said, “We’ve got a lot going on now that we’ll do next year.”

Door prizes were given to those visiting who weren’t employee, and several luck employees won time off, ranging from a day to a week. A coin toss was held to determine if the city’s staff got the rest of the day off or not. The call was heads, the coin landed heads up and the employees, except for the police officers on duty, were given the rest of the day off.

Plates were taken to sanitation and street employees who couldn’t attend.