Williamson County Commissioners Court recognized the services of WilCo’s exceptional employees in the Aug. 9 court meeting at the county courthouse, 710 Main St., Georgetown. From left front are: Johnny Grimaldo, Tanya Kunz, Kimberly Farris and Julie Kiley. From back left are: Precinct 1 Commissioner Terry Cook, Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long, County Judge Bill Gravell, Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey and Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles. (Courtesy Connie Odom/Williamson County Commissioners Court)
Williamson County Commissioners Court awarded its employees of the year and a project team from the parks department software conversion project with plaques and awards. The award recipients were selected by a committee from 34 nominations in five categories. Four employees who received the award include Tanya Kunz, a pretrial services specialist with pretrial services for exceptional services; Julie Kiley, first assistant county auditor with the county auditor’s office, for professional leadership overseeing a staff of 22 employees; Johnny Grimaldo, senior purchasing coordinator purchasing department, who received the WilCo Way award for managers; and Kimberly Farris, a paramedic and senior medical officer with emergency medical services, received the WilCo Way award for nonmanagers.
“This is given to a person, but that one person could never achieve any award without the group of people that come alongside that person,” Farris said in a short documentary about the recipients that was shown in the court Aug. 9.
The parks department software conversion project team included Minnie Beteille, Inky Chandler-Mertz and Tammy McCulley with information technology services; Kerstin Hancock and Grimaldo with purchasing; Melanie Denny and Cortney Husband with the Office of County Auditor; and Benita Bonner and Robert Moss with the parks department.
The employee of the year award recipients received an engraved plaque and a check for $500. The project team of the year award recipients received an engraved insulated cup and lunch with Judge Bill Gravell. Funding for the program comes from proceeds from county vending machines.
Sumaiya Malik covers Northwest Austin with Williamson County as her beat at Community Impact. She completed a masters in journalism and media from the University of Texas at Austin in Spring 2022. Previously, her work has appeared in the Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Tribeza, Austonia, Austin Monitor, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine and Edible Austin. She writes web and print stories including business and restaurant profiles, government, city news and area transportation. She is also the co-founder of Austin Arts and Drama Initiative.