The cream has risen to the top among city of Whitehall workers.

The city has named its Employees of the Year for 2017. They are Casey Thomas (administrative); Matthew Golden (service); Michael Burnes (fire/EMS); and officer Gary Baker (police).

Thomas, senior administrative assistant to the director of public service and economic development, has worked for the city since 2015 and "is the linchpin of the service department," said Director Zach Woodruff.

"She keeps us pointed in the right direction," Woodruff said.

Golden, crew chief for the parks and recreation department, has worked for the city since 1998.

"(His) leadership and work has been essential in the successful opening of the splash pad (and) improving upkeep in all our parks," said parks and recreation Director Shannon Sorrell.

Burnes, a firefighter and the department's EMS coordinator, joined the city in 2001.

Burnes helped create the position of EMS coordinator and "strives to improve (while) always being there to help everyone improve," said fire Chief Preston Moore.

Police Chief Mike Crispen said Baker is "one of the most dedicated officers in this agency.

"His peers and his supervisors look to him for leadership, and his commitment to our core values is second to none," he said. "Officer Baker is the kind of role model other law-enforcement officers should try to emulate."

Baker has been with the city since 2007.