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City of Garland Standouts Recognized During Annual Chamber Banquet

On Jan. 29, the Garland Chamber of Commerce recognized City Manager Bill Dollar with its highest award – the Tall Texan Award.

This award honors individuals who have given back to the community in a meaningful way. It exemplifies the spirit of its founder, Austin Stanton, who gave much to Garland. Stanton was the founder of Varo Inc. and donated the land for Garland Memorial Hospital, which is now Baylor Medical Center at Garland.

Bill Dollar was presented the Tall Texan during the Chamber’s Annual Emerald Tie Banquet by former Garland Mayor Jamie Ratliff. “City managers have different motivations for doing the job,” said Mayor Ratliff. “Some do it to build a resume and as a stepping stone for future jobs. Some do it for ego and power. And some, like tonight’s Tall Texan, do it because they are part of the community. They want to contribute to Garland being a better place to live and work. They love Garland.”

During the banquet, Richland College Corporate Services presented its 4th annual Community Partnership Award to the City of Garland in recognition of the training provided to its employees during 2014 and the impact it has had within the organization.

The City and Richland College partnered to develop S.E.R.V.E., a customer service excellence program designed for various City departments with employees who interact with the public. To date, more than 600 City employees have completed the S.E.R.V.E. training, which also includes a follow-up coaching program for managers.

On behalf of the City, Laura Lozier, Training & Development coordinator, and Susan Fair, Workforce Engagement & Development administrator, received the award. The award will reside with Laura for her excellent work and dedication to managing COGU operations and marketing.