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.
Nminees 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
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
"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
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
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.