Every successful sports team has one: the player who doesn’t grab all the headlines and doesn’t make a big splash on the statistics sheet after the game, but does so many critical little things that lead to wins, but go unnoticed by the average fan.
Towns are that way, too, and this year the Town of Wendell named one of its best team players as its Employee of the Year.
Sgt. Steve Hall fills the role of a classic middle manager. He has responsibility to oversee the work of other officers on the town’s police force, but he’s also looked to by the department’s top brass when they need an extra hand to get in there and do the tough stuff, like filling a shift at the last minute.
Hall balances both those roles. He leads men, guiding and mentoring them, rather than bossing them. And he answers the bell when it rings, even when it might be understandable if he didn’t.
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While that’s commendable in and of itself, Hall has done more than that. He has become a trusted and valued member of the town’s work force by others who don’t even work in the police department.
It’s easy to imagine, in a large city like Raleigh that the division of labor might be such that the public works department would never call on one of the police officers to help with a project.
But Wendell isn’t Raleigh and its employees don’t recognize departmental boundaries when they are asked to pitch in and help. In that sense, Hall mirrors the attitude and approach of previous winners of the town’s Employee of the Year award.
Hall has fans outside the local government as well. Teachers at Wendell Elementary have praised his approach his early work as a school crossing guard. And, despite the sometimes adversarial nature of his work, some of those who have been on the wrong side of the law have come to appreciate his judgment and skill.
We are certain there were other deserving nominees for this annual award, but we thinks it’s fitting adn proper to recognize the contributions of a true team player.