District employees honored

Professional development and longevity crucial to organizational success


Eagle River Water and Sanitation District recently honored its employees to celebrate outstanding performance, longevity, and certifications earned.


Nine individuals were recognized for extraordinary commitment to the district’s organizational values: Accountability – Joe Casselberry, Community Partnership – Ali Kelkenberg, Customer Confidence – Bobby Mascarenas, Environmental Stewardship – Leah Cribari, Leadership and Continuous Improvement – Mike Thompson and Brian Tracy, Long Range Planning and Preparation – Parker Newbanks, Personnel Dedication – Karen Shanley, and Service – Patty Domenico.


Safety coordinator Dan Siebert earned the Employee of the Year award for his leadership, unwavering commitment to service excellence, community focus, and dedication to the environment.

The annual “Bennie’s Breakfast” began in 1988 when Bennie Atencio became the first employee to reach 20 years of service to the district. Many employees have since worked more than 20 years, including the most tenured employee who retired in 2014 after 41 years. This year, board members and employees recognized Leslie Isom, who retired in April after 33+ years as administration manager.


The district acknowledges employees for milestone years of service and recognized 18 employees for reaching five-, 10-, 15-, 20-, and 25-year anniversaries in 2016. Kathy Garrison celebrated 25 years of service; Parker Newbanks and Bob Will marked 20 years of service; Candy Burbridge, Sherry Raile, and Travis Young were each recognized for 15 years of service and 12 employees were recognized for five- and 10-year anniversaries.


The district also acknowledged 20 employees for (28) professional certifications achieved in 2015, which reflects the district’s emphasis on professional development. All staff members are encouraged to seek additional training to boost individual expertise, learn new technology, and stay abreast of industry trends, which ensures excellent public water and wastewater system operations for the community.


Contact: Melissa Mills McLoota, 970-476-7480

Human Resources Manager