2019 Employee of the Year: Melissa Staton
Code Enforcement Supervisor Melissa Staton was named the 2019 Employee of the Year at the Mayor's State of the City Address held January 8, 2020. The city has presented the Dee Buggay Award of Excellence, or Employee of the Year Award, since the State of the City Address was first held in 1999.
The Dee Buggay Award of Excellence, is named for former Human Resources Director Dee Buggay, as she exemplified every trait and attribute the city of Conyers would like to see in a public servant and especially in a city employee. In his remarks, City Manager Tony Lucas revealed that Melissa Staton, code enforcement supervisor in the Department of Planning and Inspection Services, has worked in several departments during her tenure with the city and was described by department directors with the following attributes: takes initiative, thrives to make a difference, is transparent, has a great attitude, is compassionate, is diligent, does not shy away from tough assignments, holds themselves to the highest standards and the work product exhibits that.
Melissa is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Criminal Justice. She began her career with the city 14 years ago in Communications, became a police officer and worked as a detective and sergeant before joining the code enforcement team in 2018. She was named code enforcement supervisor in 2019. In her role as code enforcement supervisor, Melissa attends community meetings to explain what code enforcement is and why it’s an important way in which to serve the community. She initiated the Clear Program, which allows code enforcement personnel to locate property owners in violation of code, and then has expedited compliance with code. She has proposed to initiate a community outreach and education program that would include visits to elementary and preschools while utilizing social media for code enforcement awareness. She has also initiated Life Safety Inspections to insure exits are not blocked by merchandise when people need to exit stores and businesses due to an emergency.
"Melissa Staton goes to great lengths to learn everything there is to know about the duties and responsibilities associated with her position while simultaneously learning how to improve upon the work her group does and with a personal touch," said Lucas.
Melissa is a diehard University of Georgia fan, loves anything fitness-related and set a new personal record in running a 5K this past year. She enjoys cooking and her daughter, Scarlett, is her biggest fan.
Lucas also presented the PEACH Award (Positive Employees Are Conyers' Heartbeat) to Communications Supervisor Marie Willis of the Conyers Police 9-1-1/Communications Division. In its second year, the PEACH Award was presented to an employee who is described as positive, bubbly, fun, and outgoing.
"Marie Willis always brings a smile to work and makes an honest effort to make others smile. Her customer service skills are superior and she goes out of her way to make sure customers have exactly what they need. Tasks are completed efficiently and without complaint. Customers are always singing her praises and appreciate how helpful and positive she is," said Lucas, before presenting Willis with the PEACH Award.
Pictured below: Melissa Staton was surprised by her family at the announcement of the Employee of the Year Award at an employee breakfast held on January 8, 2020. She is pictured with her family, Mayor Vince Evans and City Manager Tony Lucas; Melissa Staton and her daughter, Scarlett, with Mayor Evans at the State of the City Address on January 8; Mayor Evans with PEACH Award recipient Marie Willis.