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Moore wins statewide award for exceptional service in public works

Albert Moore, an employee of the Chattanooga RecycleRight Convenience Center of East Brainerd, is this year’s recipient of the Murphy Snoderly Award annually presented by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

“The city of Chattanooga has received numerous calls and comments from citizens regarding his demonstrated performance in doing an excellent job and seeing that customers needs are always met,” said John Calvert, TCWPA technical consultant in pavement technology and presenter of the award.

Moore’s recycling center is rated the No. 1 center in Chattanooga, boasting the highest participation rate of any of the city’s five recycling centers with 37,000 users in 2009.

“He has made sure that each and every customer is greeted with a smile and a handshake,” said Calvert. “He has always taken his job personally and has made certain any other employee working with him makes the same effort in helping the customer.”

Moore always puts in extra effort, from arriving to work early to put the center in order to ensuring he knows all the latest information pertaining to recycling in order to better serve his customers, said Calvert. He said Moore also takes time teaching children about the benefits of recycling, as well as assisting the elderly at the center.

“He’s a true professional and great ambassador for the city of Chattanooga,” said Mary Jane Mattheiss, executive assistant to Steve Leach, administrator of public works for the city of Chattanooga. “He’s very upbeat and good for our department.”

TCAPWA receives nominations for the award from cities across the state, which are reviewed and rated by a selection committee headed by Bill Yearwood, TCAPWA awards chairman, vice president and public works director for the city of Bartlett .

Snoderly was secretary of the TCAPWA for 12 years and served as a member of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service for 19 years. TCAPWA established the Murphy Snoderly Award more than 20 years ago to annually recognize a public works field level employee whose efforts deserved special recognition, according to Calvert.

“This year’s recipient has worked in the public works field for 34 years and continues to do an outstanding job,” he said.

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