SHANNON RACKOWSKI AND DAVE WHITE RECEIVE CITY OF NEWPORT ELTON PIER AWARD
The City of Newport’s Elton Pier Award is named in honor of a long-time city employee and volunteer firefighter. The award is given to individuals exhibiting many of the following qualities: dependability; hard work; resourcefulness; compassion; motivation of others; and a commitment to public service through volunteerism and city employment.
The 2013 Elton Pier Award was presented to two city employees – Shannon Rackowski, of the Parks and Recreation Department, and Dave White, Streets Supervisor with the Public Works Department.
Shannon was nominated because she is always dependable and willing to work extra and odd hours in order to secure the success of recreational events and programs. Jim Protiva, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that “Shannon is motivational in helping people make positive changes in their health, diet, and physical well-being.” He added that “Shannon operates from a position of compassion in every interaction.”
Dave White was nominated for many reasons. Tim Gross, Public Works Director, stated that “he goes to Dave White first when he has a situation that needs to be taken care of because Dave is someone who gets things done.” Gross added that, “Dave is always looking for innovative ways to complete high quality and cost effective projects, and he epitomizes a working supervisor.”
Interim City Manager, Ted Smith stated that “both employees exemplify the qualities of Elton Pier, and the City of Newport is fortunate to have staff of the caliber of Shannon and Dave.”