March 2006, State Employee of the Month Dan Leyland, Department of Natural Resources
Governor Blunt presents Dan Leyland with the March State Employee of the Month Award.
Dan Leyland, an Environmental Specialist III with the Department of Natural Resources, was recognized as the March State Employee of the Month for his dedication and service to the citizens of Missouri. Dan recently played an integral part in the creation of the storm water pollution control system that now treats the runoff at the Shepherd of the Hill Fish Hatchery. Previously, runoff from the asphalt parking lot dumped pollutants directly into the Trophy Trout area of Lake Taneycomo. The sand filter system Dan helped implement is now capable of removing 75 to 80% of these pollutants and helps protect the quality of the water in Lake Taneycomo. This filtration system is an excellent conservation project for the preservation of cold water fisheries, not only for this watershed, but nationwide. Further this system helps protect the water quality for the aquatic life in Lake Taneycomo and also adds an extra level of protection for a large portion of the City of Branson’s drinking water supply.
Dan has voluntarily contributed his free time on the weekends and evenings and is a strong advocate and believer that people “in the field” should be met whenever and wherever possible to encourage best management practices. His considerable knowledge of the environmental regulator process, methods of investigation and analysis and techniques related to environmental control make him an invaluable asset to the Department of Natural Resources.
April 2006, State Employee of the Month Bonnie Kliethermes, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Bonnie Kliethermes was selected as the April State Employee of the Month for taking on the challenge of being the “business project manager” for the Unemployment State Tax Automated Reporting System (USTAR) project. However, as the project progressed there were several personnel changes, and Bonnie, because of her outstanding work ethic, stepped up and took over the overall project manager role. This new system will provide a more customer-friendly way for the approximate 134,000 employers of Missouri to conduct unemployment insurance tax business electronically via the Internet.
Bonnie Kliethermes accepts the April State Employee of the Month Award from Governor Matt Blunt.
In calendar year 2005 approximately 40,190 quarterly reports were filed using the USTAR system and wages for approximately 1,173,118 workers were reported representing over $5.7 billion dollars in wage amounts. Employers paid approximately $25 million dollars in contributions (taxes) due and the USTAR system saved the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Employment Security approximately $46,000 which, without the USTAR system, would have been paid to an outside vendor to key the individual wage records. The citizens of our great state and Missouri employers would not have reaped the benefits, savings and opportunity to improve their productivity without the dedication to commitment shown by Bonnie Kliethermes.