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Elizabeth Werner, a hydrogeologist in the Solid Waste Section, has been selected as the 2018 Division of Waste Management’s Employee of the Year for her unparalleled dedication to public service, exemplary scientific experience and knows-no-bounds enthusiasm for serving the state of North Carolina. “She embodies everything that the Department of Environmental Quality stands for,” stated her nominator.

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Melodi Deaver, administrative specialist in the Hazardous Waste Section’s Compliance Branch, is one of three finalists for the Division of Waste Management’s Employee of the Year Award, the recipients of which are nominated by fellow colleagues who have gone above-and-beyond in their service to the public and the regulated community, while striving to showcase the mission of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

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After months of intensive training and completion of projects relevant to their job duties, six DEQ employees – two each from the divisions of Air Quality, Waste Management and Water Resources – have graduated from the Certified Public Manager (CPM) program. They were among the 51 state employees earning the nationally-accredited degree, all of whom were honored in a recent ceremony at the N.C. Museum of History. More than 2,245 mid-level managers have earned the degree since 1981, when the program launched with the goal of bringing greater effectiveness to public sectors across the state.

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