Chanhassen’s own Jerry Johnson was named Employee of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association (AWPA-MN) earlier this month. This prestigious award is given to one Minnesota public works employee annually at their end of the year conference.
Jerry has been working with the City of Chanhassen for 27 years as a part of the Public Works Utilities Division and, among other things, acts as the city’s main champion for our 32 Sanitary Sewer Lift Stations. He provides unmatched service to the Chanhassen community throughout his dedicated work and incredible customer service.
Jerry is known to do many great things, but he always takes the time to personally get to know residents who live next to lift stations. He takes the extra time to let them know if there are issues, how the city is working to resolve them, and keeps them informed on upcoming activities. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t leave until the job is done, which on occasion has led to staying on overnight with only the occasional cat nap, exemplifying his top notch customer service.
Jerry is “Johnny on the Spot” when it comes to responding to power outages, pump, or communication failures. He knows that time is of the essence and doesn’t fix issues with a one-size-fits-all approach, making him invaluable with maintenance upgrades and rehabilitations. Beyond just dealing with lift stations, Jerry plows snow and performs a multitude of other sewer and water utility maintenance activities.
Congratulations, Jerry, you’ve truly shown what it means to be an exemplary utility technician. You are an excellent source of knowledge and respected by the entire Public Works staff. We’d like to thank the awards committee of the MN Chapter for recognizing Jerry’s great work.