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City Pacesetters honored at recognition ceremony

Know an outstanding City employee? Nominate him or her for a Pacesetter

City of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James and Councilman Scott Wagner will honor the City’s Pacesetter Award winners and pay special tribute to former Assistant City Manager Rich Noll, for whom the award is named, during a recognition ceremony today at the Gem Theater.

Launched in 2011, the City’s Rich Noll Pacesetter Award monthly recognizes City employees who exceed expectations and exhibit strong communication skills, a dedication to customer service, teamwork skills, leadership skills and concern for coworkers.

“This award recognizes the exceptional service many of the City's employees provide to our residents every day,” said Councilman Wagner, who started the Pacesetter program. “Although they don't ask for recognition, this award provides an opportunity for us to take a moment to thank them, encourage them and let all of our employees know what we strive for by the example set by our Rich Noll Pacesetters.”

Pacesetters may be nominated by any Kansas City, Mo., resident by filling out an application at A seven-person selection committee, comprising representatives from the Mayor’s Office, City Council, City departments, business community and neighborhood leaders, reviews the nominations and selects the Pacesetter winner(s) each month.

Congratulations to the City’s Pacesetters:

July 2011: Wes Minder, Public Works, and Henry Cooper, Parks and Recreation

November 2011: Dan Smith, Parks and Recreation

December 2011: Dan Grandcolas, Finance; Mike Klender, Water Services; and Kris Spangler, City Planning and Development

January 2012: Kellie Johnston, City Planning and Development

February 2012: Cal Allen, Finance

March 2012: Rose Rhodes, Public Works

April 2012: Dennis Murphey, City Manager’s Office

May 2012: Sarah Cecil, Neighborhoods and Housing Services

June 2012: John Debauche, City Planning and Development

July 2012: Nate Pare, Neighborhoods and Housing Services

August 2012: Brian Rabineau, Law

September 2012: Thanh Tuan Tran, Finance

October 2012: Tina Weatherspoon, Water Services

November 2012: Officer Chad Safranek and Office Adam Hill, Police

December 2012: Carol Green, Parks and Recreation

January 2013: Larry Stice, City Planning and Development

February 2013: Venessa Huskey, Neighborhoods and Housing Services

March 2013: John Pajor, City Manager’s Office

April 2013: Paul Paikowski, Fire

May 2013: Heather Gilbride, City Planning and Development

June 2013: Wilbur Dunnell, Water Services

July 2013: Ryan Robertson, General Services

August 2013: Sherry VanWinkle, Parks and Recreation

September 2013: Dana Brown, Neighborhoods and Housing Services

The Rich Noll Pacesetter Program is named in honor of Rich Noll, a former assistant city manager who passed away in August 2010. Noll exhibited all the characteristics of a Pacesetter and his fellow City employees regarded him as a role model employee and leader.

Learn more about the Pacesetter Award or nominate an employee for a Pacesetter at


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