The Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) is proud to participate in the Public Employee Salute Program. The idea for the program originated in 1999, when a past UPEA executive director noticed that KSL Radio had a special segment to recognize Utah teachers. The segment is commonly known as the “Teacher Feature.” However, there was no feature recognizing Utah’s public employees. The following year, the UPEA and Mountain America Credit Union Public Employee Salute program began.
The following individuals have been nominated and recognized with the Public Employee Salute for their hard work for the state of Utah.
Judicial assistant Lail Mitchie serves the 5th District Court with a positive attitude and dedication. Even when life has been tough, she has remained someone who motivates everyone around her to be kinder, work harder, and to keep their heads up. Lail is an inspiration and is known around the courthouse for her positivity.
Mark Perry, a public employee for more than 25 years, is committed to his current position with the Department of Aging and Adult Services. He has worked diligently to improve morale within his department when teams were experiencing high turnover and burnout. Perry has gone above and beyond to assist investigators, program managers, and the vulnerable populations served throughout the state.
Allen Lyman is a truck driver for the Central Utah Correctional Facility. He is a wonderful employee and is recognized for his willingness to help wherever he is needed. Lyman is very busy but always makes time to assist coworkers even if it means taking on extra work. Thank you for your inspiring work ethic!
Cindee Bahr, an office specialist at the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, is always positive and helpful. She keeps morale high by always being cheerful and efficient. Thank you for fostering excellent relationships with coworkers and the public.
Jordan Carroll is the communications manager with the Salt Lake County Office of Regional Development. She has been tasked with heading the communications for the county’s COVID-19 response. Carroll works long hours to ensure the public is up to date with accurate and timely information. Thank you for being a great coworker, having a positive attitude, and providing vital information to the public!
Jaydee Lindsay is the supervisor at the Utah Department of Transportation Maintenance Station in Wellsville. He prioritizes the well-being and safety of all his employees and takes time to listen to any issues that arise. He is well-educated in maintenance and construction. Lindsay’s employees thank him for being an awesome supervisor!
Utah Department of Corrections Culinary Captain Shaun Darbro has served the public for 30 years. He is recognized for his leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Darbro balances concern for staff will inmates’ health and safety while adapting to ever-changing situational needs. He is a great listener and is always contributing ideas to benefit the facility. Darbro’s consistent leadership and understanding of operations creates a sense of stability during current times.
Connie Fowler, a childcare provider helpline specialist with the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS), uses her extensive knowledge to help the DWS provider helpline function smoothly. She ensures benefits are issued in a timely and accurate manner. Fowler is a mentor and is as much concerned with the success of her coworkers as she is with her own. She is tireless, generous, and caring. Fowler is a true public servant and a trusted ally and advocate for the childcare providers of Utah.