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Quarterly Employee Awards Announced

On July 18, 2014 in County News

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County announced the three winners of the Horry County Employee Quarterly Awards, and a winner from each of the three divisions was chosen.

Rebekah Cooke, Administrative Assistant for the Horry County Memorial Library System, won the Administration Division Quarterly Award for saving Horry County taxpayers over $20,000 on office supplies, non-asset equipment and furniture through product research. Ms. Cooke also keeps personnel records for the Library staff including time clock. She checks the time clock edit daily for missed or incorrect punches and notifies the appropriate staff. Her diligence prevents unapproved overtime. In addition, Ms. Cooke created a database for leave time so that employees could easily access it. She also manages the Library’s Family Medical Leave coordination. Her excellent attention to detail increases efficiency and effectiveness for the Horry County Memorial Library System as a whole.

Lance Corporal Erik Karney, Beach Patrol for the Horry County Police, won the Public Safety Division Quarterly Award for his volunteer work as the Area Director for Special Olympics South Carolina Area 16 (Horry County). Lance Corporal Karney volunteers his time as a representative of the Horry County Police raising money for the many events Special Olympics puts on for the children each year. The two largest fund raising events are the St. Patrick’s Day festival and Oktoberfest which are both held on Ocean Boulevard. Other very successful campaigns include the annual Polar Plunge, Cop on Top, and the Red Robin fundraisers. Erik assists in getting other law enforcement officers to participate. He also organizes the different sporting events for the children. Horry County Special Olympics was able to assist over 400 children/athletes last year! Lance

Corporal Karney used his partnership with LETR (Law Enforcement Torch Run) to form the Horry County Police Department Unified Basketball Team, one of which was chosen to play on the national level at the 2014 USA Special Olympics in Princeton, New Jersey. This team won the Gold Medal and received national recognition!

Lance Corporal Karney understands his mission as one of service, and gives of his time freely which sheds a very positive light on the Horry County Police Department and all law enforcement in general.

Dennis Taylor, Supervisor III for Horry County Fleet Service, won the Infrastructure & Regulation Division Quarterly Award for consistent performance of his duties at a level above and beyond all expectations. Mr. Taylor saved Horry County taxpayers over $30,000 in vehicle repairs through collections from the manufacturer for faulty parts and by working closely with insurance companies. He has also worked with representatives from the Ford Motor Company and General Motors to get county vehicles repaired at little or no cost. Dennis evaluates each vehicle repair to determine how to provide it with the highest quality and the most minimum cost. Dennis Taylor has demonstrated creativity, discretion and endurance and is a valued member of the Horry County Fleet Service Department.

These three winners of the Horry County Employee Quarterly Awards received $250, a designated parking space, a certificate of achievement, and are eligible for the Employee of the Year Award of $1,000.

Other outstanding nominees were:

  • Tabitha Barfield-Veteran’s Affairs
  • Paul Gullans-Animal Care Center
  • Joyce Jordan-Public Works
  • Billy Pavlick-E911
  • Alicia Shelley-Planning
  • Richard Staggs-Assessor
  • Melissa Ward-Finance
  • Kysha Wright-Detention Center
  • Nicole Zielbauer-Airport
The Employee Quarterly Award Program focuses on an act or performance accomplished by an employee that is significant or of great value to the department or county organization as a whole and is beyond normal expectations of the employee. Considerations are also given to customer service, cost/time savings, recognized increased efficiency, and/or effectiveness, or revenue generated funds.