Missouri state employees' efforts, service saluted

Missouri state employees walk in front of the Truman Building on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, as a banner thanking them hangs above the building's entrance. The day was designated State Employee Appreciation Day.
Missouri state employees walk in front of the Truman Building on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, as a banner thanking them hangs above the building's entrance. The day was designated State Employee Appreciation Day.

Gov. Mike Parson proclaimed Sept. 30 to be 2020's State Employee Appreciation Day, and though the governor and other activities were limited by COVID-19, there were still some messages of gratitude sent to state workers.

The most publicly visible message was a banner hanging above the entrance to the Harry S. Truman State Office Building in Jefferson City that thanked state employees.

Kelli Jones, communications director for Parson's office, said though the governor was isolating at the Governor's Mansion because of his positive test for coronavirus last week, he had held and would hold conference calls with state department leadership Tuesday, Wednesday and today for updates but also to pass on gratitude to state employees.

A statewide email of gratitude was sent out to all state workers for their efforts during the year, Jones added.

"Our state team members work tirelessly each and every day for the people of this state. Since COVID-19, they have stepped up to continue providing critical services to Missourians and ensure business does not stop," Parson said in a news release Wednesday.

"We are proud of their commitment to public service and extend our appreciation to them not just today but every day of the year," Parson added.

Missouri's Chief Operating Officer Drew Erdmann and Office of Administration Commissioner Sarah Steelman also thanked employees.

Steelman said, "It is an honor to work among so many talented colleagues. We are beyond grateful for your service."

Parson's proclamation declares, "Missouri's public servants preserve public safety and health, help educate children, care for less fortunate members of our society, rehabilitate and counsel those in need, and preserve economic well-being by attracting and supporting commerce," in addition to building and maintaining infrastructure, administering justice, protecting food and the environment, and making advancements in research and technology.

Parson's full proclamation is available at governor.mo.gov/proclamations/state-employee-appreciation-day-2020.

June was the month for state employee recognition.