Employee of the Year: Brooks Tramell

Brooks Tramell, OCC Water Quality monitoring coordinator, was recognized at the May 2010 OCC full staff meeting for being named Employee of the Year. Previously he was named Employee of the Quarter at the May 2009 OCC full staff meeting. 

From left are Candace Cunningham and Stacey Day, co-chairs of the OCC Awards and Recognition Committee; Employee of the Quarter Brooks Tramell, OCC/WQ monitoring coordinator; and Mike Thralls, OCC executive director.

OCC marked Public Service Employees Recognition Week, May 3-7, 2010, with a number of activities. The week began with OCC’s monthly Commission meeting held at the Oklahoma City Zoo rather than its usual meeting place in the state Agriculture Building. A luncheon for Commissioners and agency staff followed along with an OCC Full Staff Meeting, where Tramell was recognized.

As coordinator of the monitoring program, Brooks supervises or shares supervision for a staff of seven full-time water quality monitoring field staff, along with five to seven summer interns to implement at least three major monitoring programs across the state and in Priority Watersheds.

The nomination form for Brooks said “Brooks excels in his duties with the Water Quality division, training, and supervising a large, widely-dispersed staff. These duties require long hours and frequent travel. He’s had to juggle training new employees and covering for employees on leave with the regular increases in workload that go along with gearing up for a new year’s field sampling season. He manages all these details exceptionally well. “At the same time, he never refuses any reasonable request for his assistance, whether it relates to his duties for the division or not. When a previous commitment conflicts with his ability to be of assistance, he finds a way to make it happen anyway. Many of these additional efforts are the result of him volunteering to assist with various efforts without being asked.”

The nomination form cited Brooks as setting a good example with his strict adherence to deadlines and procedure for everything from Personnel Management Process review schedules to training and quality assurance audits. “Yet at the same time, he is reasonable and flexible in working with his staff. He strives for excellence in the program, and his knowledge, skills, and diligence have led us to an excellent program, recognized at the state and national level. Brooks is integral to the Division and Agency’s program and is the type of employee which sets the Commission apart.