Vice Mayor Awards Parks Employees with STARS Award

Vice Mayor Shacklett honors Parks employees for exceptional service during flooding event.

Vice Mayor Bill Shacklett recognized Parks & Recreation Department employees Tyrell Spivey and Matthew Miles as recipients of the STARS Award during the June 20, 2024, City Council meeting. Spivey and Miles demonstrated outstanding service by leading a team to clean up and reopen the Greenway after a significant flooding event.

The STARS Service Excellence program honors employees who embody the city’s standards for service excellence and exemplify core service values. The award aims to acknowledge and reward those who go beyond their normal job duties in providing exceptional customer service to both internal and external customers.

Tyrell Spivey began his tenure with the City Parks & Recreation Department as a part-time Groundskeeper from 2014 to 2016 and was hired full-time in February 2017. He was promoted to Lead Landscaper/Groundskeeper in February 2020. Matthew Miles joined the department as a part-time Groundskeeper for ballfields in March 2020 and became a full-time Groundskeeper for the Greenway in July 2023.

A City employee nominated Spivey and Miles, stating: “The two nominated, took charge and lead a team to have the Greenway Trail cleaned and quickly reopened after major flooding and flood damage took place. This included coming in to work on a Saturday when not scheduled, delegating work, and leading by example.”

STARS stands for “Succeeding Through Attitudes Reflecting Service Excellence.” Recipients are recognized for representing the City positively, exhibiting core values, and enhancing the quality of life for citizens. The STARS nominations are reviewed monthly by a committee of City employees who then vote for the nominees.

Congratulations to Matthew Miles and Tyrell Spivey for their well-deserved recognition as STARS. For more City news, visit

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