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KAREN DOWLER RECOGNIZED as the 2008 Employee of the Year

department’s comptroller, Karen’s responsibili- ties have included keeping the ever-changing financial picture in focus. “It’s been interesting, to say the least, trying to keep up with tax caps, special legislation, budget cuts, and continually updat- ing reports needed for deci- sions to operate of the park system,” Dowler said. But even on the most frus- trating of days she appreciates her fellow staff members. “I can’t imagine working with any better people. They are so dedicated to the park depart- ment and to park visitors – and to other employees. When I had to face some of the most difficult situations a parent has to handle I received assistance from the many compassionate and sup- portive people I work with. Their support means so much to me,” Dowler reflected. Karen brings a strong commitment to her job. She represents the department to the Lake County Council and to the Auditor and Treasur- er’s offices on a regular basis. Keeping finances straight in the atmosphere of the past several years has been a struggle that most people would not be able to manage. Karen’s dedication and leadership prompted her fellow employees to vote her the 2008 Lake County Parks Employee of the Year. A well deserved honor. Karen Dowler began her tenure with the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department in 1979 as a clerk typist and bookkeeper. Over the years, she accepted increasingly greater responsi- bilities as the general services manager then the revenue sales manager at Deep River Waterpark until she was pro- moted to her current position of Comptroller. Which job did she enjoy the most? “It’s the one I am in at the time someone asks. They have all been challenging and permit- ted me to learn new skills.” She takes her job seriously, but her passion is her horse, Foxy Tuff Nut. Karen has owned the 24 year old for the past eight years and loves caring for and riding Foxy. There are other animals in the barn too. Miss Kitty keeps the four other cats in their place, even the one Karen calls the Old Man. There’s long- haired Hippie Kitty she rescued from Turkey Creek Golf Course and Boots, a black cat with white feet, who came from Cedar Creek Golf Course. Boots has been seen nose to nose with Foxy - what a picture that would have made. Then there’s Miss Kitty’s little guy, Junior. Karen Dowler accepts the Employee of the ear award from CEO Robert Nickovich Probably the last seven years have been the most challenging in the 29-year career Karen has enjoyed with the Lake County Parks. As the

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