Red Bank Honors Top-Achieving City Employees

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - by Gail Perry
Shane Dockery and John Wright
Shane Dockery and John Wright
- photo by Gail Perry

Several awards were given and exemplary work of city employees was recognized at the Tuesday night meeting of the Red Bank Commission. Police Chief Tim Christol presented the Excellence in Service award to Officer Mark Kaylor for multiple accomplishments. In September he identified and arrested a suspect during a home invasion on behalf of the Chattanooga Police Department. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office also gave him an award for making 130 traffic stops of impaired drivers and got an 81 percent conviction rate for them.

The “Lifesaver’s Award for Valor” was given to Investigators Shane Dockery and John Wright. In July, they saw smoke coming from a building and found three small children and a sight-impaired adult trapped inside. The two officers responded to the life-threatening situation and safely removed all four people from the burning structure.

In new business, the Red Bank Commission passed two resolutions and amended another. An annual contract was approved with EPB Telecom for providing Internet and telephone service for the city. Fire Marshall Brent Sylar negotiated this contract on behalf of Red Bank, resulting in a savings of $16,000. For this, he was recognized at the commission meeting by Fire Chief Mark Matthews.

Commissioners also approved a resolution that will allow Red Bank to sell surplus city-owned property in order to dispose of it. This will be done as an online auction at the website govdeals.com. The property was acquired through various means including drug busts. Bids can be made on a variety of items ranging from electronics and jewelry to tires and vehicles, said Mayor John Roberts.

A 100 percent grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, which had been approved previously, was amended because of an error in wording. A total of $20,000 will be provided with $5,000 for overtime pay and $15,000 to purchase equipment.

Mayor Roberts told the commissioners and citizens present that a lot of good things are happening in Red Bank. New businesses are moving into the city and he said announcements would be made at the next commission meeting. This was echoed by Commissioner Eddie Pierce who had attended the Red Bank Chamber of Commerce meeting earlier in the day. He added that “there is a positive and good attitude among businesses in the city.”

City Manager Randall Smith congratulated the Red Bank girls volleyball team for achieving the rank of district champions.

Mark Kaylor
Mark Kaylor
- Photo2 by Gail Perry

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