Roeland Park recognizes “excellent employee” with Public Works leadership impact award

Frankie Reeves (pictured middle) receives the Public Works leadership impact award from Roeland Park Public Works Director Donnie Scharff (right) and Superintendent Daniel Vandenbos (left).

The Roeland Park city council last week honored Frankie Reeves, a Public Works employee, with the Public Works leadership impact award.

Each year, the Public Works department recognizes an employee who goes “above and beyond” to receive this award, according to a Roeland Park tweet. Superintendent Daniel Vandenbos said Reeves was selected for several reasons, including keeping a positive attitude during early 2019 leadership changes, boosting morale, and consistent availability.

“Frankie is always available to work any extra hours, especially during emergency call outs,” Vandenbos said. “The leaf truck had to work a lot of Saturdays and even some Sundays, and I know with anything that comes up, I can pick up the phone and at least have one ‘yes.’”

Vandenbos said Reeves is “probably the best” leaf truck operator at the department. Reeves was able to help the city get back on track with leaf collection this year following minor schedule setbacks, Vandenbos said.

His ability to take on additional responsibilities in 2019 contributed to his recognition, as well, Vandenbos said: When Vandenbos was out of the office, Reeves stepped in as superintendent. Overall, Reeves took a weight off his boss’ shoulders, Vandenbos said.

“He’s a great employee,” Vandenbos said. “I know if I give him tasks, they’re going to be done right and in a timely manner. It makes my job a lot less stressful.”

In addition to his performance at work, Reeves represented the city at the metro-wide American Public Works Association Equipment Rodeo, Vandenbos said. Reeves brought back two awards from that competition, including first place in the street sweeper portion. He is taking a class at the Public Works Institute — which both Vandenbos and Public Works Director Donnie Scharff took — that focuses on leadership in public works, Vandenbos said.

Scharff said Reeves is an “excellent employee” that came to Roeland Park from another city. Reeves said his family used to live in the area years ago, and that he was “in diapers running around in public works.” Additionally, he said he considers his colleagues at the Public Works department part of his family.