Kier named top public works employee

Submitted PhotoValdosta Public Works employee Franklin Kier accepts Georgia American Public Works Association's Public Works Employee of the Year alongside APWA Georgia Chapter officials.

VALDOSTA – City of Valdosta Public Works Employee Franklin Kier was named Public Works Employee of the Year at the American Public Works Association Georgia Chapter annual meeting on Jeykll Island.

According to the Georgia APWA, the award is presented to line employees (non-supervisory) with exemplary work record, longevity and volunteerism in the field of public works.

Kier is from Valdosta and graduated from Valdosta High School. He began his employment with the City of Valdosta public works department in April 2016 as a maintenance worker I assigned to the yard trash division, city officials said. 

After successfully meeting all requirements of being in the position as a maintenance worker I for a minimum of two years and rated satisfactory or above in all areas on each of his annual performance evaluations, he was promoted to the next level as a maintenance worker II the position he currently holds, city officials said.

"The position he occupies is responsible for the collection of refuse, recyclables, yard waste and other materials along a predetermined route," city officials said. "Through this position, his division provides exemplary customer service to over 4,500 city residents daily."

When he's not working, Kier said he enjoys spending time with his family, members from his church and volunteering with Living Bridges Ministry "where his efforts make a difference in the staff's lives and in the lives of the people the ministry serves," city officials said.

“Franklin is an exceptional employee who sets the bar for all other employees to emulate. As a maintenance worker, Franklin works in every division in the public works department and is valued immensely," said Richard Hardy, public works director. "In the past 24 months, Franklin has been nominated by his supervisor for the prestigious award of Public Works Employee of the Month as was selected on both occasions. He has worked as a host at the Woman’s Building (rental property for private events) maintaining the cleanliness and security of the building.  

“Franklin is a very dedicated and committed employee whose job performance consistently exceeds expectations. He demonstrates the same level of dedication day after day. He is a great asset to the public works department and the City of Valdosta.”

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