City of Independence, Missouri

Susan Paxton Block Award given to Diane Egger, Assistant Director of Health and Animal Services Department

Diane Egger, an Assistant Director of the Independence Health and Animal Services Department, has been named the recipient of the 2021 Susan Paxton Block Award for Distinguished Public Service.

“Over the last year Public Health has played an important role in our community and Diane has been on the front lines of this effort,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “Throughout her career, Diane has worked tirelessly to improve the health and wellbeing of our citizens and we are honored to recognize her with this award.”

Diane Egger has worked for the City of Independence for many years, including roles in the City’s Health, Municipal Services, and Community Development Departments. Currently, Egger serves as the Assistant Director of Health and Animal Services, where she has played an important role in helping reestablish the City’s Public Health Department. In her current role, Egger has hired and trained new employees while also assisting with the establishment of new office spaces to serve the public.

In her career, Egger has helped address a number of community priorities, including environmental health inspections, property maintenance code enforcement, and recently worked out of position to lead enforcement of health orders and assist businesses with compliance with health orders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Diane didn’t hesitate when we needed her to step in and use her skills, training and experience to assist the City of Independence in developing our COVID-19 response and establishing our Health Department to meet LPHA standards,” Mayor Weir said. “She possesses all the qualities we work to develop in our city services – reliable, customer-focused, collaborative, and innovative.”

The Susan Paxton Block award is presented annually to a City employee, volunteer or elected official who has demonstrated outstanding public service, valor, and job performance with leadership. The award was presented at the September 20 City Council meeting.

The Junior Service League, of which Block was a second-generation member and served as president in 1989-1990, presents the award annually at the City Council meeting just prior to Block’s birthday, September 24.