Employee Recognition For Quality Service

4th Quarter 2014 - Recognized Employee

Lucas (Luke) Wiersma, with the Health Department (Animal Shelter) is recognized as the Kent County Quality Service Employee of the 4th Quarter for helping to fulfill Kent County's mission by providing quality service to citizens of Kent County. 

The individual who nominated Lucas wrote:

“On September 27 Officer Lucas Wiersma received a strange voicemail on the animal shelter's main line from an elderly woman. He could barely understand the message, but the woman seemed disoriented and claimed her dog was biting her. The woman did not leave an address. Concerned, Officer Wiersma tried to call back the number she had contacted him from several times without success.  He later received a second voicemail with her address and responded immediately.

Shortly after Officer Wiersma made contact with the woman at her residence to assist with her dog, she became very dizzy and was disoriented again. He quickly made the decision to call an ambulance for her. Officer Wiersma stopped by the residence again a week later to check on the woman. He said she reminded him of his own grandmother. The woman started crying and said, “Thank you so much for taking care of me and checking in on me.”  Luke's quick response and concern for this woman's health shows true commitment to public service.”

Number of Years Employed by Kent County:  1 year and 1 month.

The hardest thing I've ever done:  Attending both my grandparents' funerals within 5 months of each other. I was especially proud to wear my Ottawa County uniform at my grandfather's funeral to commemorate his law enforcement service.

Three people (living or dead) I'd invite to dinner:  My new wife of 1 ½ months. She is my whole world, we are inseparable. I would also invite my grandma and grandpa that passed away this past year so that I could have one more time with them so that I could say my goodbyes.

You'd be surprised to learn that:  I am an only child.

The thing that I like most about working for Kent County is:  The freedom of my job, the ability to go places and see things that most people don't get to see, the ability to speak with and meet a wide array of people from all aspects of life, and the ability to help provide solutions to problems that have arisen.

Please join us in congratulating Luke Wiersma 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.