Monticello names Citizen, Employee of Year
by Anna Thayn
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Robin Garner was named the 2011 Monticello Citizen of the Year on December 19 at the annual Monticello High School Holiday Music Concert. Mayor Doug Allen presented the award.

Garner has been an active member of the community for many years and brings a youthful energy and excitement to each and every event she participates in.

Many may know Robin’s house as a “must stop” during their annual trick or treating rounds, as she gives out the biggest candy bars in town. But it is her efforts to improve the community and serve the citizens that are far bigger than her Halloween treats.

During the award presentation, Robin was recognized for her many contributions to Monticello, including many years as a volunteer on the Recreation Board, where her sound advice and knowledge of programs have served the committee well in their decisions.

Robin has spent a great deal of time helping with the youth baseball and softball programs, often working the “late night shift” in the concession stand and working with the new swimming pool.

Robin is also a key member of the Winter Triathlon team and is always great to help recruit volunteers young and old to help with organizing and running the triathlon.

The city attributes much of the success of the event to Robin’s efforts.

Robin has worked at Monticello High School for 13 years and has served as the Future Business Leaders of America advisor for the past few years.

School Principal Scott Shakespeare says she is a popular advisor with the youth and has more than 40 students a year participating in the club.

Shakespeare also praised Garner for her organizational skills and the extra time she spends working on the club to ensure students are well prepared to represent Monticello High School in the best possible way. Not only does Robin teach and prepare the students, she helps them to have fun while learning.

Also among her responsibilities at MHS is that of school photographer. Robin takes wonderful photographs and as yearbook advisor, makes sure that every event at MHS is well covered for the annual school record.

Robin is a fixture on the sidelines of any event, working many hours after school and on weekends, camera in hand, to make sure every student is captured on film throughout the year.

She makes special effort to be sure the yearbooks are well put together and spends many hours double and triple checking to make sure every student in the school is in the yearbook at least twice.

With a student body of 280, this is a major undertaking and says a great deal about Robin’s character to take so much time to ensure that each student feels important and is remembered.

Robin has been an active member of the Quilt-in-Time quilters for many years. She has spent many hours with her friends in the club making quilts too numerous to count for fundraisers to help individuals in Monticello.

Robin has a love of quilting and enjoys creating these beautiful works of art. She always wants to make sure new babies have new quilts and that our elderly have a lap quilt when needed.

She has also served at the San Juan County Fair, helping with the Home Arts division whenever she is needed. Robin often donates time and money to help any cause in need. Her generous and giving heart have been felt my many members of the community.

In presenting the award, the city recognizes Robin as a “true model citizen and the people of Monticello are grateful for her time and efforts”.

City Manager Kelly Pehrson was recognized as the Monticello City Employee of the Year.

The city council presented Pehrson with this honor at the annual city Christmas party.

Pehrson came to work for the city in 2010 after working in the banking industry since 2003.

Prior to coming to Monticello, he worked as a relationship manager for Republic Bank in Arizona.

Kelly, a native of Monticello, has worked tirelessly to improve his hometown and help the city to better serve the citizens.

Mayor Doug Allen said Kelly has done an outstanding job leading the city in the past year. Pehrson works hard to motivate city employees.

Allen praised Pehrson for his outstanding leadership to bring the city into a good financial position under difficult times.

Allen said that even with budget shortfalls, Kelly has helped put the city in good financial shape.
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