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Employee of the month for DECEMBER

Name : Dave Bennett Utah County Employee of the Month Photograph (Click on image for larger photo)
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Department : Sheriff
Position : Lieutenant Enforcement
Employee Group : 6
Submitted By : Wally Perschon
Nomination : View nomination  This document is in adobe acrobat pdf format

Previous Months

Employee Month/Year Group No.
Dave Bennett 12/2014 6
Mike Kniephof 11/2014 5
Jason Newman 10/2014 4
Aaron Eagar 09/2014 3
Andrea Jensen 08/2014 2
Chris Yannelli 07/2014 1
Brian "BJ" Eckles 06/2014 6
Jared Lemon 05/2014 5
Kevin Watson 04/2014 4
Cory Nostrom 03/2014 3
Pauline Hartvigsen 02/2014 2
Kate Holz 01/2014 1
JoDee Kimber 12/2013 6
Melanie Rainey 11/2013 5
Patricia Batley 10/2013 4
Steve Snow 09/2013 3
Toni Carpenter 08/2013 2
Jesse Lloyd 07/2013 1
Don Rockwell 06/2013 6
Josh Ivie 05/2013 5
Mike Anderson 04/2013 4
Afton Chipman 03/2013 3
Katie Call 02/2013 2
Rickie Liddiard 01/2013 1

Curious about the nomination guidelines? View guidelines and download the nomination form.

  • Guidelines
  • Nomination Form
  • Group Representatives

The Utah County "Employee of the Month" program strives to recognize employees for their outstanding contributions made to Utah County.

The "Employee of the Month" Committee is comprised by employees who are representatives from various departments who each serve a two-year term. The County Departments are divided into six groupings that are comparable in size, and a representative is selected from each group. The Committee typically meets mid-month each month, and the representative is responsible for gathering nominations for employees from their assigned departments. The groups are rotated, so that every six months, each group is eligible to present their nominations; an employee is selected as the Employee of the Month for that particular month.

The following may answer questions you may have regarding this program:

  • *All employees are eligible for nomination except : elected officials; 1000 hour time limited positions. (*If an employee has been selected as an Employee of the Month, they are not eligible for selection for another five years.)
  • Anyone (preference is for a group of two or more) can nominate an employee at any time by sending your representative (or Jane Ivie/ Personnel-Chairperson of the Employee of the Month Committee) your nomination. Email is a wonderful and convenient way to do this! A nomination form is available from your representative or you may download the nomination form.
  • A nomination should include comments addressing the ability the employee has working with fellow employees, supervisors, the public, personal initiative and job performance.
  • The nomination will then be submitted when the group that includes the nominated employee's department is scheduled to present their nominations to select an employee of the month for that month.
  • The selected employee is announced by the Commissioners during the first commission meeting of the month.
  • The selected employee is given a certificate by the Commissioners, a picture of the employee is placed in the main level of the Administration Building on the "Employee of the Month Wall" and they receive additional hours of vacation. They are also eligible to be considered for the "Employee of the Year" (chosen from all the current year nominees.)
  • The selected employee for the "Employee of the Year" is typically announced during a regularly scheduled Commission meeting in December.

The following is a listing of the current Representatives, the Departments they represent, and the times their nominations will be presented for selection: (Note: If the meeting is held in January, it will be the selection for the month of February)

Group No. : 1
Group Departments : Assessor, Attorney, Records Management, Recorder, Treasurer
Group Representative : Diana Holley
  Ext. : 8195 / Email : dianaw@utahcounty.gov
Nomination Dates : December 19, June 19
Group No. : 2
Group Departments : Health and WIC, Senior Services
Group Representative : Debbie Solen
  Ext. : 7012 / Email : Debbis@utahcounty.gov
Nomination Dates : January 16, July 17
Group No. : 3
Group Departments : CJC, Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment, USU Extension, Justice Court, Public Works
Group Representative : PJ Maughan
  Ext. : 7127 / Email : Meriallanm@utahcounty.gov
Nomination Dates : February 20, August 21
Group No. : 4
Group Departments : Corrections, Support Services, Prisoner Benefits, Food Service, Jail Industries, Housing, Jail Programs, Booking
Group Representative : Nathan Guzman- Sheriff / Jail
  Ext. : 4472 / Email : NathanG@utahcounty.gov
Nomination Dates : March 20, September 18
Group No. : 5
Group Departments : Clerk/Auditor, Commission, Community Development, Elections,Information Systems,Personnel
Group Representative : Sarah Ruiz
  Ext. : 8165 / Email : sarahr@utahcounty.gov
Nomination Dates : April 17, October 16
Group No. : 6
Group Departments : Sheriff Admin, Animal Control, Dispatch, Emergency Management, Investigations, Judicial Services, Patrol, Sex Crimes, Detectives
Group Representative : Garrett Dutson
  Ext. : 4050 / Email : garrettd@utahcounty.gov
Nomination Dates : May 15, November 20
Group No. : 7
Group Departments : Includes all Utah County Groups.
Group Representative : All representatives
  Ext. : 8164 / Email : janei@utahcounty.gov
Nomination Dates : Any


Thank you for your participation and nominations that make this a meaningful program recognizing the exceptional employees who work for Utah County Government!

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions regarding this program.

- Jane Ivie
Chairperson, Employee of the Month/Year Program