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Keep Cool When It's Hot

Admission fees into Legacy Park, Gamber and Harris Park Community Centers will be reduced to half price on all days the National Weather Service issues Excessive Heat Warnings for the months June, July and August. During business hours, Mid-Continent Libraries are also good cooling centers. Call United Way 2-1-1 for assistance or information about public cooling centers.

Congratulations to the City of Lee's Summit's 2016 Employee of the Year Gene Williams, a senior staff engineer in the Development Services Department. The announcement was made at the City's annual Holiday Party on Sat., Dec. 10, in Unity Village.

Williams has been employed at the City in this capacity since 2006. Among the standout features which led to him being recognized as the organization's Employee of the Year are the following:

  • Development requires significant collaboration between the numerous disciplines, departments and interested parties (City staff, developer, engineer, and contractor). He is frequently the focal point of these collaboration efforts joining arms to reach an agreeable destination or solution.
  • No matter the circumstances, he openly holds himself accountable for the review of a development application whether it was his review or someone assisting him.
  • Complete and concise understanding is the primary goal for him each and every time he communicates with a developer, engineer, surveyor or contractor. Repetitive follow-up phone calls and emails are part of his daily routine to ensure understanding.
  • Being ethical and honest is the foundation for any professional engineer and the essence of who he is as an individual. Every developer’s design engineer that has worked with him has indicated that even though they may not like his answer, they know that they can trust that he is giving them a fair answer.

As the recipient of this honor, he received a plaque to keep at his desk for a year, $50 in gift certificates, his name added to the permanent plaque displayed in City Hall, and a day off with pay. 

Congratulations Gene Williams!