Five employees honored for service by Sunset Valley City Council

Clay Collins (third from left) and Katy Phillips (fourth from left) were given plaques for 10 and 21 years of service to Sunset Valley, respectively.

Clay Collins (third from left) and Katy Phillips (fourth from left) were given plaques for 10 and 21 years of service to Sunset Valley, respectively.

Sunset Valley City Council honored five longtime employees March 19 for their service to the city.

Public Works Director Katy Phillips was recognized for her 21-year tenure with the public works department. Council Member Melissa Gonzales praised Phillips for her successfully filling the position of former Public Works Director Ernest Robles, the namesake for Ernest Robles Way in the city.

“It’s really, really difficult to come into a job when the person before you is so beloved,” Gonzales said. “[Katy] is at least as beloved as Ernest was. It was a hard job to come into, and Katy has been so phenomenal.”

Clay Collins, the city’s retiring city administrator, was honored for his 10 years with the city. Prior to working in Sunset Valley, Collins was a member of the Capital Area Council of Governments and also worked at the city of Lewisville, Mayor Rose Cardona said.

While they were not in attendance March 19, public works employees Carolyn Meredith and Sam Cantu were recognized for 15 years with the city. Meredith works on many city initiatives including its environmental program, and Cantu works with the city’s solid waste and drainage programs.

Lt. Richard Andreucci was recognized for 10 years of service on the city’s police department.


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