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Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has announced the winner and two honorable mentions for the Randy Faulk Employee of the Year Award, which is in memory of Mr. Randy Faulk who received the very first Employee of the Year award in 2006. Mr. Faulk was sadly taken from our world less than three years later after a brave battle with cancer. Mr. Faulk worked in the Horry County Maintenance Department and was truly a role model for all county employees, demonstrating that every employee can make a difference.
Horry County awarded Leigh Kane in the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department with the Randy Faulk Employee of the Year Award. In 2015, Leigh assisted with the reassessment of the county’s Community Rating System (CRS) for the National Flood Insurance Program. She helped with the development and analysis of open space preservation and platting requirements, areas of the CRS that the county previously had not considered. Under the terms of CRS, credit is given for areas in a regulated floodplain that are permanently preserved as open space. Additional credit is given for open space that is deed restricted, low density zoning that protects the floodplain, long range strategies intended to decrease development in the floodplain, and platting requirements of the local jurisdiction. Leigh’s efforts produced a report that identified over 45 square miles of protected floodplain in Horry County, resulting in a significant amount of points added to the county CRS rating. Early estimates indicate a 2.5% decrease in flood insurance premiums for all county residents and businesses as a result of Leigh’s contributions to the CRS. As the Employee of the Year, Leigh received a plaque and a check for $1,000.
Two honorable mentions were highlighted for their contributions and were previously Employee of the Quarter winners. They were Jessica Ruggerio, a dispatch supervisor with Horry County E-911 Communications and Jason Aldridge, a heavy equipment mechanic for Horry County Public Works. They each received a check for $500.
The Employee 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.
Right to left: County Administrator Chris Eldridge, County Planning & Zoning-2016 Employee of the Year award winner Leigh Kane and County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus
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