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 1st quarter 2020 recognition program we received 22 nominations for employees from across the County! Congratulations to all nominees and thank you for your Outstanding Customer Service to Livingston County!

 1st Quarter 2020 Nominations

Congratulations to our 1st Quarter 2020 Employee Recognition Winner:

Deputy Ray Marino - Sheriff Department

The individual who nominated Deputy Marino wrote: 

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Deputy Marino and those who helped him with a school incident. I have heard horror stories about High School Security Staff questioning students to get any kind of information and not calling parents immediately. I was so relieved that Deputy Marino handled our situation immediately with us and with my son. He showed my son exactly how things should be handled by law enforcement all while having a great attitude for dealing with a teenager. I appreciate Deputy Marino’s experience being that he could tell another student threw my son's name out there as an accomplice to try to get himself out of trouble. Dealing with teenagers and parents cannot be an easy task and I hope Deputy Marino is recognized for his work."

Number of Years Employed by Livingston County: 

19 Years

If you had to spend all of your vacations for the rest of your life in the same place, where would you go and why?

"Hawaii, it is the most amazing place I've ever seen in my life"

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you pick and why? 

 "My mother, because she's the most amazing person that has ever walked this earth, and I miss her terribly."

Do you prefer the Ocean, Lake or Pool?

Our 1st quarter nominations:
  • Kristina Andrews- Probate
  • Dawn Ducett- Central Services 
  • Kathy Gostomski- Sheriff
  • Nikki Grover- LETS
  • Gina Hager- District Court
  • Denise Harrison- Probate
  • Buffy Kahl-LETS
  • Britta Karlsson-Wisniewski- County Clerk
  • Amy Kostesich- County Clerk
  • Sandon Lettieri- IT
  • Deputy Ray Marino- Sheriff
  • Dianne McCormick- Health Department
  • Kelly Olinik- FOC
  • Erin Ostwald- Juvenile Court
  • Ken Recker- Drain
  • John Waters- EMS
  • Sandy Williams- Health Department
  • Hope Wiseley- Probate

 4th Quarter 2019 Nominations

Congratulations to our 4th 2019 Quarter Employee Recognition Winner:

Steven Allen - EMS

The individual who nominated Steven wrote: 

"Steve is always going above and beyond at work and always has a smile on his face! I was working with Steve last week when we were dispatched to a corner for a "man down." When we arrived we found a homeless man sleeping with no medical complaints. After talking with the homeless gentleman for about 10 minutes Steve ascertained that the man had not eaten anything in two days. After we cleared Steve drove to VGs and purchased $30 in food and personal hygiene items and delivered them to the guy without a second thought! Steve is the kind of Paramedic I want working on my family if the need ever arises. He is caring and a patient advocate to the end! Steve is truly deserving of recognition for going above and beyond!"

Number of Years Employed by Livingston County: 

5 Years

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

 "I have always wanted to travel to Ireland with my wife and rent motorcycles. I always felt that it would be amazing to ride from town to town while stopping to see the castles and countryside."

Our 4th quarter nominations:

  • Steven Allen- EMS
  • Lisa Blades- District Court
  • Carol Campbell- Animal Shelter
  • Katie Clark- ROD
  • Leslie Coffman- GIS
  • Mitch Dempsey- Drain
  • Hilary Elrod- Prosecutor
  • Kayla Engel- FOC
  • Jessica Faron- Juvenile Court
  • Elyse Fuentes- County Clerk- Circuit Court
  • Aaron Furman- EMS
  • Ashley Gillies- Courts
  • Amy Grissom- County Clerk- Circuit Court
  • Nicole Grover- LETS
  • Cindy Hagerty- County Clerk- Circuit Court
  • Denise Harrison- Probate Court
  • Kathryn Heath- Probation
  • Mary Helfmann- ROD
  • Dee Hilborn- EMS
  • John Hines- Building Department
  • Elizabeth Hundley- County Clerk
  • Jeff Johnson- Juvenile Court
  • Letha Khozouie- District Court
  • Carrie Keogh- FOC
  • Karen Kehoe- Building Department
  • Amy Kostesich- County Clerk
  • Harrison Kostka- 911
  • Sandon Lettieri- GIS
  • Darcy MacMillan - Jail
  • Kim Mcewan- County Clerk- Circuit Court
  • Julie Mullins- Circuit Court
  • Barbara Murphy- Health Department
  • Laura Ness- Jail
  • Kelly Ochodnicky- County Clerk- Circuit Court
  • Christy Peterson- Animal Shelter
  • Emily Rosse- ROD
  • Bill Schuster- Sheriff
  • Heather Smothers- Probate Court
  • Jack Stonebraker- LETS
  • Leslie Stultz- District Court
  • Jeff Warder- Sheriff
  • W.I.C Office- Health Department
  • Health Department- Entire Staff
  • Building Department- Entire Staff

 3rd Quarter 2019 Nominations

Congratulations to our 3rd 2019 Quarter Employee Recognition Winner:

Dawn Ducett - District Court

Dawn received three nominations:

"Dawn has always helped me in anyway possible when working with my finances and what I know. She is compassionate, kind and friendly. She truly is outstanding in more ways than I can count."

"Always friendly and non judgemental. I look forward to seeing her and enjoy her professional attitude."

"Always kind and polite and very professional"

Number of Years Employed by Livingston County: 

21 Years

What's your favorite season?: 

"I love summer. I love taking my dog for walks, swimming in the pool, reading a book, and BBQ’s with family and friends."

If you had to spend all of your vacations for the rest of your life in the same place, where would you go and why?

"I love to travel to different islands of the Caribbean." 

Our 3rd quarter nominations:

  • Wendy Amell - FOC
  • Carrie Aulette - Building Department
  • Cory Baker - IT
  • Lisa Blades - District Court
  • Lisa Bove - District Court
  • Tyler Boyd - FOC
  • Scott Brown - Drain Department
  • Vicki Calkins - Drain Department
  • Michelle Coan-Bradley - Clerk Circuit Court
  • Karen Devries - Sheriff Department
  • Dawn Ducett - Court Central Services
  • Elyse Fuentes - Clerk Circuit Court
  • Kathy Gostomski - Sheriff Department
  • Denise Harrison - Probate Court
  • Steve Harvey - Court Security/ Central Services
  • Steve Hasbrouck - Drain Department
  • Jackie Hawkins - County Clerk
  • David Henard - Drain Department
  • Mark Hutchison - Drain Department
  • Terri Jensen - Treasurer
  • Kathryn Kennedy - Health Department
  • Paige Krager - Facility Services
  • Leane Lowe - 911 Central Dispatch
  • Shelly Messing - Drain Department
  • Tanya Morrow - Juvenile Court
  • Allison Nalepa - IT
  • Michelle Olrich - County Clerk
  • Kathy Palinkas - Airport
  • Sergeant Daniel Pengelly - Sheriff Department
  • Le Perkins - Facility Services
  • Jennifer Rydel - IT
  • Courtney Rynkiewicz - Health Department
  • Tony Savoni - Building Department
  • Charles Schulke - Court Security
  • Jerry Sherwood - District Court
  • Janet Slavin - Health Department
  • Austin Smith - IT
  • Rob Spaulding - Drain Department
  • Joshua Stinson - IT
  • Donald Tremel - Court Security/Central Services
  • Bob Vinton - L.E.T.S.
  • Corrinna Yeager - Building Department

 2nd Quarter 2019 Nominations

Congratulations to our 2nd 2019 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 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 2019 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