Matthew Kendal is Franklin County’s October 2021 Employee of the Month, Franklin County Commissioners announced this week.
Kendall has worked for the county since September 2012. He currently serves as the hazardous materials (HAZMAT) specialist with the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services.
The Special Thanks and Recognition (STAR) Committee received a total of 24 nominations for the award. That committee reviews nominations and picks the Employee of the Month.
Employees share a specific event or circumstance that makes an individual deserving of Employee of the Month when making the nomination.
Kendall spearheaded HAZMAT operations during a recent FBI search of a local landfill as part of a multi-state criminal investigation.
“Matt reached out to federal, state and regional HAZMAT entities to establish a work plan to cover the site operations for six 12-hour days of search operations,” said the nomination form.
The potential release of chemicals or ignition of garbage that had been building heat while buried made the presence of HAZMAT teams necessary. It was the job of those teams to provide site safety of the entire operation.
Leading the team
Kendall led the team in performing air quality tests, chemical analysis and temperature monitoring of unearthed materials. He had to make sure all supporting federal, state, regional and local organizations had the necessary monitoring/diagnostic equipment to ensure the site was safe during search operations.
His foresight and planning kept the out-of-pocket costs for County support to non-overtime regular man hours, commissioners said.
“Matt’s efforts bring great credit upon himself and the Department of Emergency Services,” the nomination revealed.
Kendall’s outstanding characteristics are attributes that have not gone unnoticed by his peers. The nomination form describes him as dedicated, determined and team oriented.
“Franklin County Commissioners are grateful to Kendall,” commissioners said. “He exudes a high standard of customer service, excellence and respect to the employees and residents of Franklin County.