News Release 472

Tracy L. Parker named December 2009 Employee of the Month by Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Volume 37-472 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Philip J. Tremblay
573-751-7629

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 9, 2009 --- Tracy L. Parker, a relatively new employee doing several complex jobs, has been chosen as the December 2009 Employee of the Month by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Parker is an Administrative Office Support Assistant with the department's Energy Center in Jefferson City.

"This woman does more than I think she gets recognized for," said Jennifer Emory, the co-worker who nominated her. "In the Energy Center we know that all the work she does is great, but I think the whole state needs to recognize this wonderful worker."

For more than a year, Parker was program secretary for the state energy program. She did bookwork on loans, building operator certification and also did accounts payable, time accounting and fixed assets reporting. Recently she began training to handle paperwork for the center's extensive weatherization program while still doing the fixed assets and time accounting duties.

As the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) -- the federal economic stimulus effort -- was launched, Parker took on the reporting duties for the Energy Center. She worked extra hours, including weekends, to make sure all reporting was done accurately and all staff time documented and reported. Parker served on the department's time accounting work group while a new system was designed to track employee time and leave.

Energy Center Director Anita Randolph said, "Tracy demonstrates an exceptional willingness to assist Energy Center, department staff and the public. She frequently offers assistance without being requested to. Her commitment to high-quality performance and public service are abundantly evident in her attitude, helpfulness and efforts to ensure that the job is fully competed before she leaves the office."

Her supervisor, Joe Gassner, said, "Tracy is the type of person who will give a helping hand to anyone in need and with the increased workload that the Energy Center is experiencing, there are a lot of people in need. She does not flinch if extra work is needed to complete a project and will give extra effort to help the team complete a project on time."

Parker began working for the department in May 2007. She resides in Jefferson City.

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