Brad Ledbetter is the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' April 2009 employee of the month

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Volume 37-085 For Immediate Release: April 10, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, --- For his initiative and dedication during a widespread ice storm, Bradley K. Ledbetter has been named April 2009 Employee of the Month by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. He is an Environmental Specialist IV and unit coordinator in the Southeast Regional Office, Poplar Bluff.

On Jan. 27, 2009, an ice storm hit southeast Missouri, knocking out power to more than 100,000 homes, shutting down public drinking water and wastewater treatment systems, and preventing most regional office staff from coming to the office to deal with the crisis. Ledbetter, on his own initiative, stepped forward and started making calls, coordinating efforts at the regional level, keeping the regional director and others informed and worked diligently to address the needs of Department staff, managers, first responders and the general public.

In nominating Ledbetter for recognition, Gary Gaines said, "As director of the Department's regional office at Poplar Bluff, I saw firsthand how Brad stepped forward and personally took on duties and responsibilities to provide the leadership needed to help deal with the crisis."

Facing the storm, Ledbetter saw that the extreme weather had crippled the office's ability to serve the people of the region. He did not hesitate, but began doing what he could to provide the immediate assistance needed to deal with the situation.

With downed trees and poles blocking roads and making travel impossible, Ledbetter called to assess conditions in the region. He compiled lists and spreadsheets that were helpful to relief efforts. Since he was dealing with the storm himself, much of his work had to be done from home. He continued his coordination and communication efforts, even after the initial crisis had passed and other staff began to take on more responsibilities.

"I am extremely pleased with all he did to keep the office going and I am proud of his monumental accomplishments," said Gaines.

Ledbetter has worked for the department since May 1994. He resides in Poplar Bluff.

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