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Posted on: November 17, 2023

County recognizes Public Services employees

Harley Walker award 2023

The Georgetown County Department of Public Services presented awards to three employees this week. Halie Lowry received the Professional Achievement Award, Zackary Parsons received the Customer Service Award, and Harley Walker received the Employee of the Year Award. 

Lowry and Parsons both work in the Stormwater and Mosquito Control Divisions. Lowry was determined to learn the ins and outs of both Divisions, supervisors said. She is now a Certified Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Inspector, obtained her Certified Pesticide Applicator license and earned her drone operation certificate. She makes sure all construction sites are compliant with their permits and is not hesitant to write correction notices and stop work orders when necessary. She makes sure all mosquito control issues are documented and is always willing to meet with residents to help with their concerns. 

Parsons joined Mosquito Control and Stormwater two years ago. He works tirelessly to help residents understand the Mosquito Control processes and procedures, along with explaining what they can do to help reduce mosquito populations on their property. He frequently stops to ask residents about mosquito issues in their neighborhoods, and provides larvacide to residents to add to their ditches, ponds and other places where mosquito larvae may be present. He truly enjoys public outreach. 

Walker effectively oversaw the Stormwater Division with very little supervision for more than a year, while new leadership staff was sought and hired. While she had neither the title nor pay of a department manager, she acted as such and was the glue that held the department together. She has also been instrumental in helping the newly-hired chief engineer during his transitional period. She is a fierce advocate for the environment and exemplifies public service. 

Congratulations to these exceptional employees!

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