By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: May 22, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.
Special breakfast hosted as part of National Public Service Recognition Week
DINWIDDIE – Members of Dinwiddie County’s workforce left their offices and work spaces to gather for a home-cooked meal and an opportunity to share stories and connect with their co-workers during a special employee appreciation breakfast.
On the backdrop of National Public Service Recognition Week, a nearly four-decade recognition of public servants across the United States, Dinwiddie’s senior staff members put down the pen and paper and donned gloves and bottles of orange juice as they served homemade eggs, bacon, biscuits, and more to dozens of their fellow employees as part of a special recognition on May 8.
Among the servers at the breakfast was Dinwiddie County Administrator Kevin Massengill, who opened up about the breakfast and its meaning, which has become somewhat of a county tradition over the last few years.
“We have been doing this for at least five to six years, and maybe even longer than that but, this is something the senior staff looks forward to, being able to prepare the food and serving it back to our employees to recognize them for their hard work they do every day of the year,” he remarked. “Being National Public Service Week, this is a perfect time to do this, along with a myriad of things off and on during the week. This is one of things that we really look forward to doing.”
The breakfast carries a special meaning as it was the first employee appreciation breakfast inside the new Dinwiddie County Government Center, which opened in January and marks, as Massengill noted in the lead-up to the center’s grand opening, the first time all of the county’s departments are in the same complex, many of them under the same roof, including the health department and social services.
“Having everyone in the same building really helps build that teamwork,” he said at the breakfast.
Teamwork is one of the county’s core tenets, along with integrity and value-added customer service. All three of those were on display during last week’s breakfast, as senior staff served meals to their colleagues with smiles and sharing lighthearted conversations along the way, with those three principles adorning the wall of the meeting room where last week’s breakfast was hosted.
“When you think about those three things, this is just an example of service in action and being able to do that today for our employees is something very that is very humbling for us but that we look forward to doing every year,” Massengill shared.
National Public Safety Recognition Week has been celebrated during the first week of May since 1985, honoring the men and women who work daily on the federal, state, and local level. More information about the yearly recognition can be found at http://psrw.ourpublicservice.org.