Life time Apex resident and employee Dwayne Vaughn was recognized as the 2011 Town of Apex Employee of the Year during the town’s annual holiday luncheon on December 14th.
“Dependable, reliable, conscientious, caring and compassionate” are some of the words used by his peers to describe Vaughn. He is also labeled as a “model citizen,” someone who “shines as a town employee” and “displays grace and humility time and time again.”
Early in his career, Dwayne worked for the Town of Apex from 1964-1967, then spent 30 years in the private sector. In 1997 he came back on board with Apex as an Electric Ground Worker until 2002, when he took on his current position of Facility Maintenance Mechanic. He has also been a volunteer member of the Apex Fire Department for over 45 years.
During the award presentation, Mayor Keith Weatherly noted that Vaughn goes about doing his work quietly, without complaint, and is always willing to assist whenever there is a problem. He added that Vaughn works tirelessly and selflessly to sustain the “peak of good living” for all Town employees.
Town Manager Bruce Radford compared Vaughn to the US Calvary when he said, “If it does not work, Dwayne is the first on the scene, prepared to make it work. Day or night, Dwayne is willing to come in without hesitation, and able to make something function as it should. He is greatly deserving of this recognition.”
Milestone awards were also given at the luncheon, honoring 64 employees who reached 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service. Most notably, Ronnie McLamb, Senior Electric Line Technician was recognized for reaching 30 years of service.
The Employee of the Year is chosen from peer nominations, based on their embodiment of the Town’s core values to work with integrity, efficiency and innovation to provide exceptional service to citizens and customers.