This is the second year for LAGERS' annual Local Government Hero Award and the three finalists embody the very best in public service. Although the recent uncertainty in the world has brought more attention to local government workers and the importance of the services they provide to taxpayers, this is something we have known all along. Local government services directly touch our lives every day. Every time we flip a light switch, turn on a faucet, drive on a city street, and use a park, we have local government workers to thank. Beyond that, they are also the brave individuals that show up when we are having our worst days and need to make a 911 call. All of the recent attention is well-deserved, but these public servants should have the spotlight shown on them in good times and bad. That is why LAGERS is proud to recognize our best with this award.
This year's Annual Meeting was by all counts a success. We met with many members and employer representatives and talk secure retirement benefits and the importance of having a pension. We got to showcase our wonderful hard working public servants by rolling out our first Local Government Hero Award. Congratulations to Brent Mullin, Sikeston Department of Public Safety, for being this year's winner. Brent works with Sikeston's Bulldog Pantry which provides clothing, supplies and food to kids in the community. Congrats to all our nominees this year, and we look to honoring many more LAGERS members with this accolade for many years to come!
We're proud of each and every one of our nominees for their accomplishments and dedication to the community and to public service. It was a challenge to pick just three finalists for the first LAGERS Local Government Hero Award.
This week we celebrate everything that makes our local governments wonderful. From roads, school buses, clean water and parks; to our local officials and our first responders - fire, police and EMS workers and everyone in between who works hard for their local communities.
We love to hear from our members. Recently we received a lovely letter from Diane McKiddy, a retiree from Chiliicothe Municipal Utilities, where she worked for over 47 years!