Concord recognizes clerk with Helix award

Concord Public Works director Justin Ezell and Mayor Carlyn Obringer thanked Linda Cheshire, center, at the March 26 City Council meeting.

The Concord City Council honored administrative clerk Linda Cheshire for her welcoming spirit in the Public Works Department at the March 26 meeting.

“Linda is one of the kindest, gentlest, most welcoming people that we have on staff,” Justin Ezell, director of Public Works, said as he presented the Daniel C. Helix Award of Excellence.

“She’s the face of the department, and I couldn’t think of a better face to have than Linda,” he added. “Her goal is to make everyone who calls Public Works or emails Public Works feel like they’ve been heard and their issue is a top priority.”

According to Mayor Carlyn Obringer, the city launched the award in 2015. “This is something that former mayor and council member Daniel C. Helix was very passionate about and helped to get going. When he retired from the City Council in 2016, the award was renamed in his honor,” she said.

Councilwoman Laura Hoffmeister added her congratulations to Cheshire.

“The City Council often gets credit for things that go right. It’s actually the work of the employees that interface with our community that really make the service so effective,” Hoffmeister said.