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Norwalk names employees of month

Cary Ashby • Nov 6, 2019 at 11:00 PM

Norwalk Fire Chief John Soisson was back on familiar grounds to meet up with some old friends and to receive an honor from the city. 

Mayor Rob Duncan presented Soisson with a plaque as the employee of the month for May during the annual retired firefighters luncheon Friday at the station.

“It was nice they did that,” said Soisson, who joked he had been with the city long enough to be an employee of the month. 

During Tuesday’s council meeting, Duncan announced that Soisson will retire, effective March 13.

Soisson, who has been on medical leave since June 17, has worked for the fire department for 27 years. He was named the chief in 2013. Capt. Rick Perry has been the acting chief since mid-June.

“It was great seeing those guys,” said Soisson, referring to the retired firefighters.

Other honorees were:

Adam Boss, an operator 1 with the general services department, was honored for April. 

“Adam was nominated for going above and beyond for his co-workers,” safety-service director Ellen Heinz said.

The employee of the month for June was Dayle Flesher, an account specialist with the finance department.

Flesher has worked for Norwalk since mid-July 2016. Her first job with the city was in the income tax office.

“She is a part-time employee who goes above and beyond. She always comes in with a smile on her face,” said finance director Michelle Reeder, noting Flesher is “pleasant with the public and her co-workers.”

“Just a great team player,” Reeder added.

Scott Miller, a maintenance mechanic with general services, was the employee of the month for July.

“Scott demonstrates a high level of professionalism and has a great attitude. His skill set has been of great value to the city,” Heinz said.

Executive administrative assistant Lisa Hivnor was honored for August.

“Lisa was nominated for employee of the month due to her outstanding customer service. Lisa always puts citizens’ needs first. It is her mission and passion in life to make everyone who walks through the door or calls in feel appreciated and treated with the utmost respect. Lisa’s kindness and professionalism are exceptional tributes and she contributes enormously to the success of our great community,” Heinz said.

Hivnor, a 1993 Norwalk High School graduate, was the council clerk starting in 2004 before being hired as the city’s executive administrative assistant.

During the Oct. 1 city council meeting, Duncan highlighted Hivnor earning the designation of certified municipal clerk through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Inc. (IIMC) and presented her with an IIMC plaque. In a previous interview, Hivnor said she dedicated nearly 2 1/2 years of training and education to enhance her job performance and some of the most important things she learned involved public records, public speaking, parliamentary procedures and social media records. 

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