Employee Recognition For Quality Service

3rd Quarter 2018 - Recognized Employee

Employee Recognition - Eugene Gary

At Kent County, providing quality service to our customers is our number one priority. Our mission is to be an effective and efficient steward in delivering quality services for our diverse community. Our priority is to provide mandated services, which may be enhanced and supplemented by additional services to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens within the constraints of sound fiscal policy.

Eugene Gary, with the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center, is recognized as the Kent County Quality Service Employee of the 2nd Quarter of 2018 for helping to fulfill Kent County’s mission by providing quality service to the residents of Kent County. The individual who nominated Tom wrote:

“While in Juvenile Detention I met a staff member named Gino who helped point me in the right direction through the game of chess. Every single game that me and Gino played, I lost basically. I lost over a hundred games except the last one. I remember the smile that he (Gino) gave to me. He just looked up and said, 'You win'. Just knowing that a staff member or somebody that really has no obligation to care for you at all can actually look you in the eye like that and actually give you something to actually look forward to... it was just kind of a changing point for me. I have found my way and have the same outlook on my future that Gino helped instill through chess. I am now headed to Grand Rapids Community College to study business.”

Number of years employed by Kent County: 24 years and 8 months.

Hardest thing I've ever done: To bury my middle sister, Stephanie Harmon.

Three people (alive or dead) I’d invite to dinner: My great grandmother, Willie Mae McBride, Jesus Christ and my father whom I have never met.

Surprised to learn: I played college basketball against Earvin (Magic) Johnson.

Thing I like the most about working for Kent County: As a Youth Specialist, I get to work with so many great kids who are really good, but have made some bad choices in their life. I plant the seeds of hope and just maybe something that I say or do will help change their lives to become better young people.

Please join us in congratulating Eugene for earning Kent County’s Employee Recognition for Quality Service Award.  If you know a Kent County employee who is deserving of this recognition, please complete a nomination form at www.accesskent.com/qualityservice or on the Kent County intranet.