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2017 Employee of The Year

Release date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Contact: Nathan Mueller, Community Relations Specialist 248-347-0431

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Greg Morris
Greg Morris
NOVI, Mich., January 10, 2017 – Recreation Supervisor Greg Morris knew the pressure he was going to be under when he set out to help the Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department achieve national accreditation.

But the long hours and stressful evaluation process proved worthwhile when Novi Parks earned its accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies. Novi is one of only four agencies in Michigan and 151 nationwide to have received the honor.

For his work on that project, his positive attitude and his passion for Novi, Morris took home some recognition of his own – the City of Novi Employee of the Year award.

Morris was one of five finalists for the award, which was handed out at the annual Evening of Appreciation in December. Joining him as finalists were Geospatial Application Services Manager Keri Blough, Community Relations Specialist Nathan Mueller, Parks and Municipal Property Superintendent Matt Turco and Building Attendant Torry Yu.

“All of the finalists are not just outstanding employees, but outstanding people who are committed to making Novi a great city,” said Novi City Manager Peter E. Auger. “Anyone who knows and interacts with Greg quickly sees that he truly cares about his job and the people he works with. It’s easy to understand why he was selected as the Novi Employee of the Year.”

Morris, who has been with the City since 2012, was nominated by several colleagues in his department. In their nomination, they said Morris “exemplifies what it means to be an amazing employee,” and consistently exhibits “outstanding performance” in his job.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the employee base within the City of Novi, and I am truly blessed to be part of a high-quality organization,” Morris said.

The City of Novi created the Employee of the Year award as a way to acknowledge exemplary City employees. The award is open to all full-time and permanent part-time City employees. City workers, volunteers, City residents and any person who does business with or within the City are invited to submit a nomination at any time during the year.