WAYNE COUNTY—The Wayne County Board of Commissioners honored a trio of dedicated employees who together have served the county for a total of 65 years.

The Commissioners recognized Randy Heller, current Recycling and Solid Waste Director, for 30 years of commitment to the county, Susan Gillow of the Prothonotary's office for 20 years of dedication and Paul VanHorn, Maintenance Supervisor, for 15 years employment with Wayne County.

Upon receiving the accolades, Heller noted, “It's an honor to get this honor. Between you guys and all the other commissioners and employees I've worked with, it's been a great place to work.”

Similarly, VanHorn noted in the span of his decade and a half, “Everything is good.”

Gillow remarked, “I can't believe it's 20 years already.”

All three commissioners commended the trio on their many years of dedication and contribution to the county.

Commissioner Chairman Brian Smith stated, “It's an incredible dedication that you have to have served the county for so long.”

Noting the group are enthusiastic, punctual and “go above and beyond,” Smith added, “I can't say enough good things about all of you...You're people who epitomize the perfect employees.”

Commissioner Joseph Adams told the trio it was “heartwarming” to see them serving for as long as they have, but their contributions are noted less by the length of time and more by the impact they've had on others in their departments.

“It's very noticeable that we don't have high turnover at the county, and there's a reason for that,” said Adams. “You are three of the reasons: people sharing their knowledge, being great coworkers, being mentors, being role models.”

Building on that, Commissioner Wendell Kay stated, “The totality of the entire process would be affected if any one of you were to leave.”

Kay added, “As a board of commissioners, we are very happy to have three people like yourselves representing the county on a daily basis to the members of the public.

“I think you really have conducted yourself extremely professionally, [with] thorough completion of job duties, and I don't know as employers that anyone could ask any more than that.”