Shelbyville Employee of the Year: Tireless worker always ready to go

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Public Works’ employee David Wentworth is honored because he could be counted on day or night and rain or snow,

By Todd Martin

The City of Shelbyville tabbed David Wentworth as its City Employee of the Year during its annual banquet last week.

Wentworth, who has been with the Public Works Department since April 1999, said he was not expecting the award.

“I was totally shocked,” he said, noting that he wasn’t made aware he was even nominated for the award before the banquet. “It was pretty surprising.”

But the fact that Wentworth received the award wasn’t nearly as surprising.

“He’s very dependable and an outstanding employee,” said Jennifer Herrell, the city engineer/Public Works director. “He’s always ready to do something for the team.”

Herrell said that Public Works employees are on call at all hours, and she said she knows she can count on Wentworth.

“David always answers his phone and is ready to go, anytime we need him, in the snow or whatever,” she said.

Added Mayor Tom Hardesty: “He’s an excellent employee, and we have a lot of hardworking employees. But anytime he’s called on, he’s ready to go, day or night and in any kind of weather.”

Wentworth backed off that praise.

“I just try to do my best,” he said, and when asked, he said he couldn’t think of anytime that he just didn’t want to get out of bed to come to work.

“It seems like it’s always winter when they call you in the middle of the night,” he said. “But I’m also on the volunteer fire department in Simpsonville, so I’m used to getting up and going whenever someone calls. It’s not that bad.”

But although he’s setting a good example at work and impressing his bosses, Wentworth said he just enjoys the job.

“It [Public Works] is a good place to work; I enjoy it,” he said. “It’s a good place and a good group to work with.”