Award Recipients

Award Recipients

The top employee of each calendar quarter will be recognized at a Finance Committee Meeting,  the annual State of the County address, be featured in an article in the County newsletter and on the County website, as well as with a certificate of appreciation and a token of appreciation.

Our 2nd quarter recognition program we received 56 nominations for employees from across the County! Congratulations to all nominees and thank you for your Outstanding Customer Service to Livingston County!

 2nd Quarter Nominations

Congratulations to our 2nd Quarter Employee Recognition Winner:

Ken Recker- Drain Department

The individual who nominated Ken wrote: 

"For over 22 years, Ken Recker, Chief Deputy Drain Commissioner, has been serving Livingston County and its residents. His stored knowledge of property and drainage history is invaluable. He approaches every task with professionalism and every person with respect. His shoulders take the weight of much responsibility which he handles with perseverance, but more importantly, with integrity. His extra efforts, dedication, insights, and opinions are all extremely valuable to the successful undertakings of the Drain Commissioner’s office. Most of all, he demonstrates the quality of humility, which can be hard to find in today’s business world. Ken is trusted to professionally represent the Drain Commissioner and the office to other municipal staff and various governmental officials. He also routinely meets with the public to discuss difficult property issues. He strives to always be respectful and to be helpful with advice, assistance, or referral – even when a person may be emotional or volatile. He enjoys good humor, and his laugh itself will make anyone smile. Ken has done more than just fulfill the responsibilities of his position, and he has done so with no pursuit of recognition or accolade. After so many years of dedicated, professional, significant service, I highly recommend Ken for Employee Recognition. A specific example: In the process of responding to a petition to construct a new drain, the petition circulator’s property sold right about the time of the Day of Review of Assessment. The Drain Code only requires that we send the notice to the owner on the last assessment roll. But when the letter addressed to the PO Box of the original owner was returned, Ken made a point of personally going out to the property and visiting with the new owner to ensure he received the notice and to discuss the impact and likely assessment on his property. This is typical of the personal attention Ken gives to his work and to the public."

Number of Years Employed by Livingston County: 

22 Years

You would be surprised to learn that: 

"I’m not a very good swimmer.  However I don’t mind wading."

What are some small things that make my day better:

 "Glenda (my wife), or OlGlenda (my wife), or Olivia (my daughter) checking in on me.  Conversing with fellow municipal engineers.  Troubleshooting a simple problem by looking at historical aerial imagery.  Taking a walk around the parking lot in the middle of the day." 

Favorite genre of movie: 

"It drives Glenda nuts but I enjoy the Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns (For a Few Dollars More, Outlaw Josey Wales, etc.)"

Our 2nd quarter nominations:

  • Kristy Andrews - Probate
  • Cory Baker - IT
  • Chris Beaupre - Facility Services
  • Lisa Blades - District Court
  • Donna Blevins - Animal Shelter
  • Joseph Bridgman - County Clerk
  • Katey Brooks - Central Services
  • Jessica Brzys - Central Services
  • Vicki Calkins - Drain Department
  • Dawn Ducett - District Court
  • Mary Durst - Veterans Services
  • Sandy Engel - FOC
  • Elyse Fuentes - Clerk-Legal Division
  • Kristen Genovese - District Court
  • Diane Gregor - IT
  • Joseph Hahn - EMS
  • Jonathan Hall -Veterans Services
  • Toby Hanna - Facility Services
  • Sherry Hauck - Clerk- Legal Division
  • Jacki Hawkins - County Clerk
  • Kathryn Heath - District Court- Probation
  • Mary Helfmann - Register of Deeds
  • Robyn Hodge - Treasurer
  • Steve Hoyer - IT
  • David Huntley - FOC
  • Terri Jensen - Treasurer
  • Buffy Kahl - L.E.T.S.
  • Mary Kuzner - County Clerk
  • Chelsey Lako - Facility Services
  • Dan Lorigan - District Court
  • Jennifer McGinty - Drain Department
  • Barbara McInnes -  District Court
  • Shelly Messing - Drain Department
  • Teresa Murrish - Equalization
  • Jennifer Nash - Treasurer
  • Katie Niehaus - Juvenile Courts
  • Shera Novak - District Court- Probation
  • Kelly Ochodnicky - Clerk- Legal Division
  • Brittany Pendleton - Probate Court
  • Ken Recker - Drain Department
  • Carol Shaw - Building Department
  • Shawn Shaw - Clerk- Legal Division
  • Crystal Simmons - County Clerk
  • Janet Slavin - Health Department
  • Heather Smothers - Probate Court
  • Amy Tinnion - Clerk-Legal Division  
  • Bryan Varacalle - Drain Department
  • Dan Williams - EMS

 1st Quarter 2019 Nominations

Congratulations to our 1st Quarter Employee Recognition Winner:

Mary Kuzner- County Clerk


The individuals who nominated Employee wrote: (Mary Received 11 Nominations)

"Nice J ", "Very Helpful", "Mary was very helpful and efficient. She made the experience comfortable", "Excellent service", "Very competent, and polite", "Mary was VERY quick & efficient! Had me in and out quickly". "Very helpful & nice", "Very helpful in assisting with my DBA forms", "Courteous and efficient service", "Friendly, quick and efficient document processing!", "She gave me all the information I asked about & needed when renewing my business name! Very nice to talk with!"

Number of Years Employed by Livingston County: 

It will be two years this August. 

The thing I like most about working for Livingston County is: 

The wonderful group of people I work with. Elizabeth Hundley is an incredible leader who makes everyone feel like they are valued. Clerk Hundley and my fellow coworkers are always pitching in to help out. Each one of us is unique, and where one has weakness, another will bring strength. We work together to resolve problems and tackle large tasks thus creating an environment of respect and thankfulness. I also would like to mention that it is truly a pleasure to work alongside Joseph Bridgman on a daily basis. He is a wealth of knowledge, help, and humor.

What are some small things that make your day better? 

Every morning when I arrive at work my coworkers greet me with a cheery good morning. They each have a wonderful sense of humor which helps keep my days positive and happy. I also enjoy meeting and conversing with the residents of Livingston County, the local Township Clerks and their employees and my extended county employees. I have had the pleasure of many enjoyable and interesting conversations.

How do you relax after a hard day of work? 

By attending my son's sporting events or taking my dog for a walk/run.

Do you prefer the Ocean, Lake or Pool? 

Definitely a  lake because it is perfect for boating activities and swimming.

Where is the most interesting place you've been? 

The mountains/jungles of Costa Rica. Although the heat and creepy crawlers took some getting used to, the surfing and deep sea fishing were incredible. I would love to vacation there again.

If you could take only three items with you to a deserted island, what would they be? 

A solar powered all terrain vehicle, a fully loaded yacht and a helicopter. Actually, I've been to a deserted island – I took sunscreen, my camera and a lunch.

Our 1st quarter nominations:

  • Lisa Blades - District Court
  • Stacy Bono - Human Resources
  • Joe Bridgman - County Clerk
  • Celeste Brooks – County Clerk
  • Amy Chapman - EMS
  • Kristi Cox -County Clerk - Legal Division
  • Elyse Fuentes - County Clerk
  • Gabriella Garlock - Register of Deeds
  • Kathy Gostomski - Sheriff
  • Diane Gregor - IT
  • Hon. Michael Hatty - Circuit Court
  • Jacki Hawkins - County Clerk
  • Kathryn Heath – District Court Probation
  • Robin Hodge - Treasurer
  • Amy Kostesich - County Clerk
  • Mary Kuzner - County Clerk
  • Allison Nalepa - IT
  • Amanda Nichols -Central Services
  • Michelle Olrich - County Clerk
  • Patrick Osdras - Building Department
  • Sheri Pummill - Prosecutor
  • Kathy Rosenbergh - EMS
  • Lisa Roush - Circuit Court
  • Deputy Ryan Sanders - Sheriff
  • Elissa Seigle - L.E.T.S.
  • Janet Slavin - Health