May 20, 2021
WATERTOWN, S.D.–The City of Watertown is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 City of Watertown
Employee Recognition Awards:
2020 Employee of the Year: Jenny Elbert, Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department,
Prairie Lakes Wellness Center who was honored for service to others and dedication to the
2020 Rookie of the Year: Marci Lewno, Public Works Department, Engineering Division as
an employee who has served the City less than three years, but has already made significant
2020 Mentor Award: Angie Schaefer, 911 Center, Police Department for providing
encouragement and support to others, helping them reach their potential.
2020 Caregiver Award: Steve Rehorst, Police Department, for going beyond the call of duty
to care for those less fortunate.
2020 Creativity Award: Fire Department as a unit, for thinking outside the box to find
creative solutions to challenges.
2020 One-In-A-Million Award: Josh Volkart, Library, for overcoming challenges and
hardship to provide exceptional service with limited resources.
The award winners were recognized by surprise visits from the Awards Committee in April. A
video of the visits was recorded and shared online.
All City of Watertown employees and City Council members were acknowledged with a thank-
you swag packet including small gifts. Those staff who retired in 2020 and personnel who
Achieved 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service milestones received additional acknowledgement.