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King named county employee of the year

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By Lisa King

Jenny L. King, administrative assistant to Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, has been named Shelby County Employee of the Year for 2011.

Magistrate Michael Riggs presented a plaque to King in recognition of the honor at the county’s Christmas dinner in December.

King became a county employee in 2005, when she was hired as secretary for the county building inspector.

After only three months, she moved up to her current position in Rothenburger’s office.

A Shelby County native, King grew up in Bagdad, and is the daughter of John and Cindy Lewis.

She and her husband, Bradley, have two children, Julia and Cooper.

Rothenburger said King has been nominated several times before and that this year she was nominated by Kathy Ranard, director of Shelby County Clean Community.

“I nominated her because she is always so gracious and helpful to everyone,” Ranard said. “No matter what you ask her to do, she is always right there to help. She is such a nice person to work with.”

Rothenburger said that King’s responsibilities at his office are varied, and that she handles it all with a great attitude.

“She has such a pleasant personality, and she does a very professional job at all times,” he said.

He said that King is a whirlwind of activity and does so many things it’s impossible to list them all, but basically her job includes keeping up with issues surrounding the county’s Web site, making Facebook entries, assisting him with his paperwork and attending the meetings and keeping the minutes of the 109 District Board meetings.

She has also recently started helping with payroll for the office and keeping up with all of the retirement issues, he said.

King also serves on the Shelby County Board of Health, “She is a lady who squeezes a hundred and twenty hours into forty hours,” Rothenburger said. “And she does it all with a smile on her face all day long. I think that’s what makes her so special.

“She’s got such a great, outgoing personality and a devotion to this job and to this county. She treats employees and citizens alike with the utmost respect. She is more than worthy of this award.”