Post Date:March 28, 2019 3:03 PM

St. Charles Parish honored 108 employees for both attendance and service during its 37th annual Civil Service Awards and Training Program held on March 28 at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center.

Deborah Graff, the finance administrative aide for the St. Charles Parish Finance Department, was named the outstanding employee of the year.

Graff is a 20-year employee of St. Charles Parish government. She has served the entirety of her career in the Finance Department, where she started as secretary before becoming the administrative aid.

St. Charles Parish Personnel Officer Dayna Parker said Graff truly defines the Employee of the Year award.

“She is the first person a visitor sees when they enter the Finance Department and they are always greeted by her smiling face. Debbie has great work ethic, professionalism, and positive attitude. She is a great team player and willing to help others when needed.,” said Parker in a speech during the awards ceremony. “She is a very positive influence in the Finance Department and a valued employee of St. Charles Parish.”

A committee made up of appointed and civil service employees from various departments chose Graff from a field of nominees. This year’s committee included Rechelle Champagne, Seth Waldrop, Kirt Madere, Wendy Scott, Renee Agurcia, and Brandon Touchard.

In addition, Ms. Dorothy Cain, a registered nurse and certified health and wellness coach within the Ochsner Corporate Wellness Department gave a presentation on Health Coaching for parish employees.

The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.

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CAPTION: Charles Parish Employee of the Year Deborah Graff, center, shows off her award at the 37th Annual Civil Service Awards breakfast in Luling. Graff is the finance administrative aide for St. Charles Parish Finance Department. On her left are Civil Service Board Members Vice Chairman Jimmy Breaux, Sara Champion and Ralph Wilderson. On Gaff’s right are Parish President Larry Cochran and Brett Terrebonne.

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