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Brenda McCabe named Office Professional of the Year

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[April 26, 2013]  On Thursday, the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce celebrated office professionals in the community with a luncheon at the Knights of Columbus. For the Office Professionals Luncheon this year, 170 individuals came together to celebrate excellence in the workplace.

The event provided a break in the day with a catered luncheon by Guzzardo's Italian Villa and words of wisdom from John Blackburn, retired CEO of Country Financial and 21st president of Lincoln College.

At the luncheon, the Office Professional of the Year nominees were recognized and the 2013 winner was announced.

Nominees and their employers were Candy Brown, Graue Inc.; Judy Busby, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital; Kim Coers, Lincoln Christian University; Angie Ford, Integrity Data; Susan Gehlbach, city of Lincoln, clerk's office; Annetta Green, Frontier Mutual Insurance; Cheryl Hedrick, Logan County Emergency Management Agency; Becky Heyen, The Courier; Brenda McCabe, Lincoln Police Department; Angie Mahler, The Christian Village; and Alice Turner, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Brenda McCabe, who has worked for the city of Lincoln for 33 years, was chosen as the 2013 Office Professional of the Year. The award is given for outstanding work, dedication to the job, giving 110 percent and always going that extra mile.

Police Chief Ken Greenslate nominated McCabe. He said:

"Brenda McCabe has a positive spirit that has a contagious effect on the entire department. She has worked for the city of Lincoln for 33 years and for the last two years has held the role of administrative assistant at the Lincoln Police Department.

"She prepares all reports for the state's attorney and the city attorney; assists the administration, detective bureau and the patrol division with all of their records management; as well as entering and maintaining many other vital records. Brenda also digitally stored 30 years' worth of case files and evidence records in just two short years.

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"Most recently, Brenda performed all of the payroll, budget projections and accounts payable for the city clerk office and for the police department during a two-month period when the city clerk office was shorthanded.

"Whenever she is asked to do something, she happily accepts the new challenge. Not only is she the definition of a hard worker, but she also treats everyone from the chief to the newest officer with the same level of respect and regard."

Greenslate added that "her contribution to the Lincoln Police Department has greatly improved our efficiency while at the same time, improved our work environment. Brenda is a true treasure as both an employee and as a person."

The chamber of commerce thanks the many sponsors who helped make the event possible and all who attended the luncheon, along with the bosses and supervisors who gave their staff the afternoon break to celebrate their special day. The chamber also thanks the Lincoln Knights of Columbus for the use of their facility and their preparations.

The Office Professionals Luncheon is an important part of the chamber's mission to advocate, support and unify local businesses for the prosperity of Logan County.

[Text from file received from the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce]

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