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Cliff Middleton is JCPRD's 2001 Employee of the Year!
POSTED: 12/11/2001
The 2001 recipient of the Johnson County Park and recreation District's Employee of the Year Award was instrumental in getting the District's new Kill Creek Regional Park open in November 2001.

District Landscape Architect Cliff Middleton was selected for this honor by a committee of his peers from a field of eight nominees.

Middleton was nominated by Park Planner II Jim Wilson.

"This person offered unending effort to the successful completion of the Kill Creek Park Phase I development, following the broad vision of the Master Plan, and paying meticulous attention to the finest detail of developments," Wilson wrote. "This is not only a major accomplishment or achievement for the year; it is truly a career milestone."

Middleton's duties concerning Kill Creek Park included planning, design, project management, construction observation, and coordination of contractors and park staff.

While development was underway at the new park, Middleton was also performing all the routine planning department tasks required by the District. This included projects like: child care facility playground construction projects, golf course master plan coordination, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues at various facilities, and site analysis and development plans for miscellaneous park and recreation facility improvements.

"For a district with the vast amount of amenities as the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, even the small tasks can build up to an enormous work load," Wilson adds.

In addition to new facility developments and the routine District planning tasks, Middleton also provided countless support services directly to Administrative Staff, Wilson wrote. This included facility drawings and maps, support graphics, budget data and presentation materials for the park Board. He also provides materials for land acquisition, participates in District committees, writes and maintains several access databases, and offered his expertise and technical assistance when requested by various County and District staff.

"Cliff offers a great benefit to the District with his work ethic, his quest for excellence in all he attempts, his ability to manage a multitude of complicated (and often simultaneous) projects, his professional knowledge and experience, his continuing professional education, his leadership ability, and his even-keeled personality," Wilson wrote. "On top of all these traits, he is also one of the nicest people I have ever met."

Other Nominees for the 2001 Employee of the Year Award were: Ranger Captain Dan Field, Ranger Captain Stuart Foland, Park Safety and Interpretation Administrative Assistant Jean Harder, Recreation Specialist Jill Leiker, Ranger II Richard Niemann, Benefits Coordinator Diana Rose, and Personnel Coordinator Susan Scanlon.

The winner of the JCPRD's Employee of the Year Award receives a personal plaque, a $100 savings bond and his name will be engraved on a permanent plaque on display at the Administration Building at Shawnee Mission Park.

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