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City Honors Employee of the Year
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Contacts: Carrie Lynch, 704-336-5863
Vic Simpson, 704-391-5065

Charlotte City Council honored Don Gariepy, the 2010 City Employee of the Year, at their May 9th business meeting. Gariepy has worked as a Water Treatment Plant Mechanic with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities since June 2007.
“Don is dedicated to continuous improvement and has earned a reputation for going above and beyond, both off and on the clock,” said Barry Gullet, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Key Business Executive. “He is passionate about his job and is committed to helping others improve so they are at their best.”
When it comes to his own job performance, Don sets the bar high. He has successfully completed some of the most technical preventative maintenance courses offered and has taken a leading role to implement at least five new process changes that have saved the City money and materials.
Off the clock, Don serves as a youth pastor and is earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology through UNC Charlotte. The married father of two also volunteers in a leadership program that mentors at-risk students to consider careers in public service.
“This is overwhelming, I feel honored just for being nominated,” said Gariepy. “I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my team. It’s a dynamic and culture I’ve never worked in before. It’s great.”
The Employee of the Year award is a 48 year-old City tradition acknowledging an employee whose efforts, ideas, suggestions and courtesy in job performance entitle special recognition. The award is sponsored by The Employers Association and recipients are nominated by their co-workers and selected by an independent panel of judges consisting of local Human Resources professionals and educators.

The Employers Association provides human resources and training services to more than 860 member organizations of all sizes and industries, both public and private.