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Posted on: July 10, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Janet Ross wins Bristol First Award

Mayor Margaret Feierabend presented the award to Janet during the July 8 meeting of City Council. 

The award, established in October 2014, recognizes City employees who serve with pride and excel in the work they do. Nominations are accepted from members of the public, co-workers, elected leaders, and others.

 Community member Patty Lee nominated Ross for the award after chance encounter at a local grocery store. Lee was struggling to load groceries into her car one evening when Ross, having just finished a long day of mowing and trimming shrubs in the hot sun, came to her rescue. The longtime City employee loaded the bags, then made sure Lee was safely in her vehicle and headed home.  

 A second nomination came a few days later from Bristol resident Nancy DeFriece, who observed Ross clearing overgrown shrubbery from the roadway and teaching her co-workers the proper way to handle the task. 

 “The women seemed to have such respect for Janet and were carefully observing and working with her,” DeFriece noted in her nomination. “The very next day, I happen to pass that same area again, and there was Janet with better equipment, cutting even more  of the shrubbery so two cars could pass each other without a problem. This time she was personally doing the work herself.”

 The Bristol First Award recognizes employee who put people first, demonstrate respect and integrity, deliver services that exceed expectations, and excel in an environment that stimulates innovation and continuous improvement. A total of 36 employees have now been recognized since the award’s inception.

 Additional details about the award and the nomination form are available online at

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