News Release 256

Kevin Hess named April 2010 Employee of the Month by Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Volume 38-256 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Philip J. Tremblay
573-751-7629

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 26, 2010 --- Kevin Hess, water pollution section chief for the Division of Environmental Quality, Southwest Regional Office in Springfield, has been chosen as the April 2010 Employee of the Month by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Hess is being recognized for his ability to respond to pressing situations.

“Kevin has done an excellent job of focusing his staff on the most critical areas and ensures all necessary work is accomplished,” said public information specialist Victoria Lovejoy, who nominated him. “His considerable knowledge of water pollution regulations, ability to keep a level head in a critical situation and his willingness to ‘get the job done’ is a significant benefit to the Southwest Regional Office and the department.”

The Southwest Regional Office has several large lakes including Table Rock, Lake Taneycomo, Lake of the Ozarks, Stockton Lake and many rivers. Hess is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the numerous staff in the SWRO water pollution control units. He is not only considered an asset to staff in that office, but is often contacted by personnel working in other offices who are looking for guidance.

Hess uses a common-sense approach to achieving work plan requirements that ensures department priorities are completed while day-to-day issues continue to be addressed. He draws on his lifelong experiences to formulate plans so staff can systematically perform inspections and complete their work.

Hess helped oversee the inspection initiative at Lake of the Ozarks in fall 2009. Ten staff were assigned to complete 419 site inspections during the month of October so facility operations could be reviewed during the lake recreation season. The facilities are located throughout the lake’s 1,500-mile shoreline, spread over three counties.

Hess is willing to answer calls during the weekend regarding treatment facility bypasses or other emergency situations and makes sure the regional response is appropriate. Many times he has worked early hours and late nights, or evenings and weekends planning special projects and preparing for various contingencies.

Hess began working for the department in January 1992. He lives in Strafford.

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