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Brandon McCullough, with the Department of Environmental Services, named Employee of the Year

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Brandon McCullough was named the city of Greshams 2018 Employee of the Year. The city of Gresham named Brandon McCullough, with the Department of Environmental Services, as the 2018 Employee of the Year during an annual award ceremony.

The 11th annual ceremony was held Thursday afternoon, Jan. 31, at Gresham City Council Chambers, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. About 200 city employees from across all departments came together for a fun reception and chance to celebrate their peers.

"This is always my favorite part of the job," said Gresham City Manager Erik Kvarsten. "I am delighted to be here to recognize these people."

Throughout the year, 12 employees were recognized each month after being nominated by coworkers. They were Brenda Schultz, Department of Environmental Services (DES); Tamara Mattice, Police Department; McCullough; Alan Johnston, DES; Bill Brennan, community livability; Erika Fitzgerald, Economic Development Department; Bill Eggert, budget; Wendy Church, community livability; Rachael Miller, police; and Sasha Konell, communications.

Through a difficult decision by the Achieving and Celebrating Excellence committee, McCullough was named for the top honor. He is the project manager for the street paving project, and was recognized for his ability to reach out to the community and be positive in his interactions. McCullough also supports the city's social media accounts with his photographs and videos, and is a mentor with Family of Friends.

"I'm a little overwhelmed, not sure what to say," McCullough said. "I love the relationships I've gained and lessons I've learned."

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