City of Heath honors staff: Asst. City Mgr. Kevin Lasher named Citywide Employee of the Year

The 2021 City of Heath Employee of the Year, Assistant City Manager Kevin Lasher with City Manager Aretha Adams.

HEATH, TX (Dec. 29, 2021) Assistant City Manager Kevin Lasher was named 2021 Citywide Employee of the Year during the Annual Employee Awards and Christmas Luncheon held December 16 at Hidden Creek Special Events venue in Heath.

“Every staff member did a remarkable job of once again adapting and pivoting to the ongoing challenges we faced this year, including the unprecedented winter storms,” said City Manager Aretha Adams. “We did not skip many beats, thanks to the dedication of our DPS officers, public works team and staff.”

“Kevin was exceptionally instrumental in 2021 as he managed many projects including the Towne Center Overlay District planning process, while also serving as Acting City Manager during my maternity leave,” said Adams. “Historically, executive staff members are not considered for employee awards, but Kevin did such an exceptional job during my absence that I think it’s appropriate to recognize him with our organization’s highest honor.”

Lasher joined the City of Heath in 2017 as Assistant Director of Community Development. He was promoted to Director of Community Development in 2018, and Assistant City Manager in 2019. He came to Heath with experience in many communities including Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Mesquite, Midlothian and Burleson.

Departmental Employee of the Year awards were presented to staff members in recognition of their performances in 2021. Earning this recognition were: Tara Plexico, Chief Accountant, Administrative Services; Francisco Gonzales, Maintenance/Parks, Public Works; Brady Lance, Combination Building Inspector, Community Development; and Officer Kenny Griffith, Department of Public Safety.

Also honored was Sergeant Dallas Talley, who received the inaugural Chief’s Commendation for his exceptional service in 2021.

From top left: City Manager Aretha Adams named 2021 Departmental Employees of the Year as: Tara Plexico, Chief Accountant, Administrative Services (with Finance Director, Laurie Mays); Francisco Gonzales, Maintenance/Parks, Public Works (with Public Works Director, Chuck Todd); Brady Lance, Combination Building Inspector, Community Development (with Assistant City Manager Kevin Lasher). From bottom left: Officer Kenny Griffith, Department of Public Safety Officer of the Year (with Chief Brandon Seery; and Sergeant Dallas Talley received the first-ever Chief’s Commendation for his exceptional service in 2021.

City staff members recognized with service awards during the Christmas party for their loyal tenure with the City of Heath were:

5 Years

Michael Morgan, DPS Captain

Casey Northcutt, DPS Officer

Katie Poteet, DPS Administrative Assistant

Keven Rowan, DPS Captain

Dallas Talley, DPS Sargent

Joseph Willis, DPS Officer

10 Years

Michael Weems, DPS Officer

15 Years
Tara Plexico, Chief Accountant

Submitted press release by City of Heath for publication in Blue Ribbon News. 

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