Previous Employees of the Quarter
Texas State Library and Archives Commission Employees of the Quarter are nominated by their TSLAC colleagues and are selected by the TSLAC Employee Recognition Committee. Employees of the Quarter are presented with a Certificate of Merit and eight hours administrative leave at the TSLAC Quarterly Awards Ceremony.
Jed Rogers and Royce Wachsmann
Our Employees of the Quarter for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2008JED ROGERS – Don’t let the quiet and gentle manner of Jed Rogers, government information analyst, fool you. Beneath that sweet, gentlemanly exterior lurks the Superman of State and Local Records Management.
He may not jump into a nearby phone booth, but Jed, with his characteristic good humor and professional expertise, can take on and conquer any task. His colleagues report that he is willing to tackle the biggest, hardest, toughest, and most challenging tasks. And in recent months at SLRM, it has been challenging, as the group transitioned to a new manager.
During that time, Jed made sure the doors were open in the morning and stayed to answer calls and e-mails until the end of the workday. He also signed time sheets and performed many other duties the manager would normally fulfill and worked on his regular duties, too.
Jed’s regular work responsibilities include a very active region of local governments and many high profile state agencies, more than most employees could handle. But Jed does so with ease and a pleasant attitude. He’s also an accomplished and knowledgeable trainer and is said to be “amazing to watch in the classroom” because of the way he can build rapport with students and keep their attention in teaching what some might consider rather dry subject matter.
Jed is also always willing to volunteer for workgroups, task forces and research projects and as such is always a valuable member of any team. Congratulations, Jed!
ROYCE WACHSMANN – Royce Wachsmann began work at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in November 1977 as a shipping clerk in the Talking Book Program. In 1984, he left the agency and went to work at the Railroad Commission until he retired from state service in August 2005.
According to co-workers, Royce was bored in retirement, found out there were openings in State and Local Records Management and soon was working as a records center clerk.
One month later he was promoted to delivery driver, a position in which he shines. As a delivery driver, Royce is the “face of the agency” to other state agencies. His supervisor, Mary Coyne, has total confidence in Royce’s abilities and his professionalism and efficiency in carrying out his delivery duties.
When Royce isn’t on the road for the agency, he is in the Records Center, trying to help his fellow workers with just about any type of job, task or duty.
Recently, Royce took on an extremely tedious project without complaining: he checked every hard copy box space in the Records Center to verify empty spaces. This required him to walk down every aisle of our two warehouses, climb ladders and move boxes to find any empty spaces. It was very necessary but extremely boring and he did it with his usual cheerfulness, according to Mary.
Although the agency hasn’t realized any direct cost savings due to this mapping activity, Royce’s work has paid off because now Records Center management know exactly how many usable spaces are available, an unknown number prior to Royce stepping up to the plate and researching this.
And no matter whether it’s business as usual or a special project, Royce is said to always have a smile on his face and boost the morale of his colleagues. Thank you, Royce!