Senior Center Employees Honored

Two Sheridan Senior Center employees have received awards from the Wyoming Public Transit Association.

Liz Swisher was recognized as the Wyoming Dispatcher of the Year, and Ken Talmadge received the association's Outstanding Service Award.

Swisher is a dispatcher for the Sheridan Public Mini-Bus transportation service that is operated by the senior center on Smith Street. The nomination cited her positive and infectious attitude, noting that “She truly enjoys her job” and that no matter how hectic her day gets, she always answers the phone with a pleasant hello.

Senior center Transportation Director Steve Ainslie said the dispatcher always remains calm, that her empathy for clients is obvious, and that will go out of the way to problem-solve difficult scheduling challenges.

The outstanding service award recipient was hired as a driver but now takes care of the senior center's vehicle fleet and bus facility. The nomination form called him a “truly outstanding mechanic” and described the breadth of his mechanical knowledge as “absolutely amazing.”

This year's transit association honorees were announced at the association's conference in Laramie last week. Honorees received a plaque and cash gift. Awarded are funded through membership fees to the association.

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