City recognizes outstanding employees for 2022

The City of Alpena has recognized six employees and one department for their hard work and cooperative spirits over the past year.

The City-Wide Pride program singles out employees for their dedication, hard work, acts of kindness, and for going above and beyond the call of their normal duties.

Throughout the year, employees receive City-Wide Pride slips when a co-worker, citizen or visitor praise them for their work. Those slips are then tallied in December and the employee in each department who receives the highest number of slips receives an award.

New this year, the City also recognized one department for its dedication, teamwork, and for going the extra mile.

Winners were recognized at this week’s municipal council meeting. Individual awards were handed out to Todd “Kooter” Platt from the department of public works, fire command officer Chris Morrison, firefighter/paramedic Cain Makowski, Chief of Police Joel Jett, public safety clerk Tracy Marquardt and office clerk Gretchen Kruse.

The police department received the departmental award, collecting more than 180 notes of appreciation from co-workers over the year.

In addition to an award certificate, each employee receives four hours of personal time. The City-Wide Pride Program was started in 2000.