Years of service pay off for Mount Holly employee

by Sarah Melton

Alicia Plott

Alicia Plott thought she was in trouble when she had to go a Mount Holly City Council meeting. It turned out she was wrong.
Plott was named the Employee of the Year and presented a plaque and monetary award at the December meeting.
Plott has been a customer service specialist for the city since July 2008. She takes payments, answers telephone calls and helps the public when they have questions about their bills.
Nomination forms are given to all employees and then handed over to a subcommittee made up of council members. The subcommittee votes on the winner based on the nominations by employees. Plott beat out more than 10 nominees for the honor.
“Alicia is a very dedicated employee who takes great pride in her job,” Jamie Guffey, assistant city manager, said. “She handles the public well and is always pleasant and smiling. She is also a very hard worker.”
Plott had no clue she was going to be named Employee of the Year. Her husband, Michael, told her that she had to be at the council meeting “no matter what,” but did not tell her why. When City Manager Danny Jackson announced her name, Plott later said, “It took a minute to register because I was so surprised.”
“It is nice to have recognition,” she said. “It is nice to know somebody notices, but then not to have a big head about it because I know the people I work with work hard, just as hard as I do.”
A Mount Holly resident, Plott and her husband have two children, Adrianna, 10, and Cameron, 7.
“I really like the people I work with, and I am just thankful to have a job in the economy we are in,” she said. “Receiving this award makes you want to work harder. It’s an incentive to work harder and achieve more because you know you are appreciated.”

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