Local government officials honored three employees who excel at their work and volunteer in their spare time with the Excellence in Public Service Award this afternoon.
Mary K. Vaughn, the city’s director of housing and community services, won for a wide array of services, including her role in the point-in-time count of people who are homeless at Century II in January. She also serves on the Homeless Youth Taskforce, mentors other employees and mentors as a Big Sister. Vaughn authored the 2007 book “The Wait: How God sustains and explains when His answer is “Wait.” Vaughn has worked for the city for more than seven years.
Carol Cole, executive secretary in the Sedgwick County Commissioners office, received the award for helping constituents in her secretarial role while also serving on the Sheriff’s Citizens Community Council and the executive board for The Kansas African-American Museum. Cole also volunteers for the Black Arts Festival and is a narrator on KMUW’s “Black Pioneers in Wichita” vignettes. Cole has worked for the county for 30 years, including eight years in the county commissioners office.
Colleen Fulford, a clinical behavioral specialist at West High School, was honored for fostering relationships with other agencies and developing a clothing and school supply closet for students who need clothing during cold weather, emergencies and physical education classes. She is also a participant in the Kansas Chapter of National Association of Social Workers and has served as an adjunct instructor at Wichita State University.
Winners were selected by a nine-member committee that includes people from the public and private sector. The DeVore Family will award each winner a $2,500 check at a reception on May 12 at The Cowtown Visitors Center, 1865 W. Museum Blvd.