Whitehall City Council on June 4 recognized four city employees as Employees of the Year of their respective departments for 2013.
"I am pleased they are our employees," Mayor Kim Maggard said after outlining the merits of each employee.
Grant Long was named firefighter/paramedic of the year; John Slosser was named police officer/auxiliary employee; Dawn Williams was named support/administrative employee; and George Dorsey was named labor/maintenance employee.
City Council President Jim Graham read a proclamation to each employee, as respective supervisors listened.
Long joined the Whitehall Division of Fire on July 23, 1985, after serving as a full-time firefighter in Delaware County and a part-time firefighter for the Utica fire district.
A 1975 graduate of Utica High school, Long twice has been named an employee of the year for the Whitehall Division of Fire.
Long was promoted to lieutenant in 1997 and to captain in 1999.
Maggard said Long is a person who "thinks and ponders before speaking ... and (has) admirable quality."
As captain, Long oversees the department's fleet maintenance.
"I have some years under my belt, but I've always enjoyed my time here, whether it was on a medic, in the fire-prevention bureau or as captain," said Long, who, with his father, operates Dennis Long Heating, a Utica-based heating and cooling company.
Firefighting runs in the Long family. Long's father is a retired Columbus firefighter. His grandfather and grandfather's brother were Lima firefighters. His great-grandfather and his brother were Columbus firefighters.
Long, 53, and his wife, Connie, have two sons and two daughters.
Williams was hired in 1988 as a records clerk for the Whitehall Division of Police.
In 1992, she began working for late Whitehall Mayor John Bishop and then former Mayor John Wolfe, eventually transferring to the auditor's office. In 1998, she joined the Whitehall Division of Fire, where today she is the administrative assistant to Whitehall Fire Chief Preston Moore.
Maggard called Williams "an invaluable resource" because she has worked in so many departments.
"She can fill in anywhere (and) is very dependable," Maggard said.
Long said she has appreciated the jobs she has been assigned.
"I've enjoyed my work experience here in every department," said Williams, who upon moving to the Columbus area with her husband, Darnell, took a civil-service examination for a records clerk that led to the job she holds today.
"I didn't know it then that it would become my job for my career, but I've enjoyed it all, especially the people I've worked with and met," Williams said.
Williams, 48, and her husband, have one daughter.
Dorsey's job with the city, from which he retired May 31, was one of several for the Baltimore, Md., native who has worked for several steel companies.
Maggard commended Dorsey's attitude.
"George has a smile that makes you want to talk to him, (and he) is one of the most positive people I know," she said.
Several members of the Whitehall Senior Center were at the June 4 meeting to cheer for Dorsey, a custodian and maintenance worker at Bishop Park, Norton Field, Lamby Lane Park and shelters at Whitehall Community Park.
Dorsey is a member of the Whitehall Senior Center. He took the city job in 2003, after retiring from Buckeye Steel. He had worked at Bethlehem Steel in Maryland prior to moving to central Ohio.
"It's been great, and I've made a lot of friends," said Dorsey, 72, adding that upon retirement, he will have more time to travel and visit family in Maryland and Florida.
He and his wife, Evelyn, have one daughter, two sons and three grandchildren.
Slosser was hired in 2009 and joined the Whitehall Division of Police.
Maggard said Slosser is a hands-on officer on the third shift and "is out there doing it all."
"I see fine things for him in the future," she said.
Each employee received a $250 bonus for the honor.