NWTHRA employees lauded
Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 3:01 pm
At the annual Tennessee Public Transportation Association meeting in Chattanooga on Nov. 2, two employees of Northwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency – Public Transportation Program were honored.
These were nominated from all public transportation systems across the state of Tennessee.
Shirley Killebrew, NWTHRA, was named Rural Driver of the Year.
Killebrew has been a van driver at Northwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency since 2006.
Her driving record speaks volumes for her dedication to her work, according to a spokesperson.
According to a press release issued by NWTHRA, during these years she has prided herself on never being late. Her attendance is impeccable. She represents her agency in a professional and courteous manner.
“She is the driver that our schedulers call when there is an immediate need to fill. She has a calming effect on even the most difficult client. Her paperwork is spot on and she does all this in a quiet non assuming manner,” the release further stated.
“She goes out of her way to know each client on a personal basis and makes sure she has supplies they might need. She also develops a connection with our contractors and does her best to make sure their needs are met and relays that information to the office,” a NWTHRA spokesperson noted.
Representatives said Killebrew understands change and is willing to support decisions that are made and encourages others to support those changes.
She truly loves her job and the clients she transports. She would never expect to win this award. She would be the first to support others and tell of their great attributes.
Tommy Bradberry, NWTHRA, earned the Hall of Fame Awrd.
He has been the transportation director at his agency for almost 30 years. Under his leadership, the program has grown 10-fold, from a small program with a budget of less than $300,000 and nine vans to its current size with a 3.5 million dollar budget and 90 vans. Over the years, he has held numerous offices within TPTA, TAST and CTAA.
TPTA’s core constituents— the large urban, small urban, and rural systems, often have competing issues regarding funding, formula distributions, oversight, etc. Sometimes the complexity of the issues threatens to divide the organization. This is where he is at his best . After all sides have been heard from, he will often weigh-in with sage advice, usually prefaced with a
“Well, I’m just an old country boy, but is seems to me that…” followed by some homespun analogy that will get the TPTA members back on track, heading toward a compromise or consensus that everyone can agree with.
He deserves the Hall of Fame award for repeatedly and consistently making all of us remember that we are a stronger organization when we stand together and speak with one voice.
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