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Posted on: December 31, 2021

City Employees Recognized Statewide


As we enter the New Year, we at the City of Rawlins want to highlight some of our employees who have earned awards and other accolades in the final quarter of 2021. Many departments and individuals were recognized with top awards presented in their respective fields at a state-wide level.  

The City of Rawlins Communications Center received three statewide recognitions. The entire dispatch team was named Wyoming Team of the Year at the International Association of Public-Safety Communication Officials (APCO) state conference held in November. The team consisted of Valeta Rodabaugh, Christine Makinen, Brianna Bjork, Karigan Gates, Anna Blackford, and Lucero Romero. Level II Communications Officer Karigan Gates was awarded Wyoming Dispatcher of the Year. Communications Supervisor Valeta Rodabaugh was also selected by Wyoming APCO to serve as the training coordinator.

In our Water Treatment Division of Public Works, three statewide recognitions were received. The Wyoming Water Quality and Pollution Control Association awarded operator Carly Brown the Dutch Riebennacht Award for Excellence in the Field of Wastewater Treatment. Operator Todd Pelham received the Robert Moore Award for Excellence in the Field of Water Distribution. Water Treatment Operator Stevie Osborn was also selected to join Governor Gordon for the signing of the Proclamation of National Apprenticeship Week.

In our Administrative/City Manager Department, two employees were recognized as 2021 Wyoming Women of Influence. Downtown Development Director Pam Thayer was featured for her work in Economic Development and Community Relations Coordinator Mira Miller was awarded the 2021 Women of Influence in Marketing and Public Relations.

On the international level, Mayor Terry Weickum has been interviewed dozens of times regarding wind energy in the American West, including front-page coverage in the New York Times. In October, he was recognized by the American Clean Power Association for his work over the last decade to bring wind energy to Wyoming effectively.

Locally, the Rawlins Chamber of Commerce presented the Star Business of the Month for October to the city’s Streets Division, composed of Dave Manley, Andy Rodriquez, John Medina, Charles Gemelli, Braxton Landenerfer, Bronson Fairhurst, and Connie Montoya.

The City of Rawlins recognizes our employees as our greatest asset, and we remain committed to investing in them through investing in training and equipment and by providing competitive compensation and benefits as directed in our strategic plan. Find out more about our strategic plan and its five initiatives at We will also be announcing our annual awards soon, so stay tuned!

For more information, please contact Mira Miller, City of Rawlins Community Relations Coordinator, at 307-328-4500 ext. 1022.

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