MATTHEWS – Kerry Ernsberger thought he was attending a town commissioner meeting Jan. 28 to watch his son, Travis, receive an award. Turns out, it was all a ruse to present Ernsberger with the Matthews Employee of the Year Award.
Ernsberger’s son, Travis, who works as a town firefighter, was in on the surprise.
“I understand Kerry is not the kind of individual who likes to promote himself and the wonderful things he does for the town, but he has done a great deal,” Mayor Paul Bailey said, noting his peers selected the public works staffer to receive the award.
Bailey said Ernsberger and Facilities Maintenance Manager Albert Pierre went above and beyond the call of duty on a cold day repairing water leaks at town buildings.
“You and Albert spent most of the day getting soaked and standing in inches of water, yet you never complained,” Bailey told Ernsberger. “You worked as fast as you could to get the job done.”
Bailey was also struck by how Ernsberger worked well into the night on Jan. 25 repairing the fire system at Matthews Town Hall. A pressure issue with the sprinkler system prompted a fire alarm to go off that day.
Assistant Town Manager Becky Hawke said the story the mayor shared is one of countless examples of what he does for the town on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
Hawke said Ernsberger’s contributions fulfill nearly all of the town’s nine service excellence keys, including demonstrating professionalism, exceeding expectations, teamwork, problem-solving and maintaining a positive attitude.