City of Independence, Missouri

Susan Paxton Block Award given to Jeff Witte, Network Systems Engineer for the City

Jeff Witte, a Network Systems Engineer in the City’s Tech Services Division, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Susan Paxton Block Award for Distinguished Public Service. Witte has worked for the City for 14 years.

“Technology plays a huge role in the services we provide to our citizens and Jeff is always ready to provide the support needed to keep everything up and running,” Mayor Eileen Weir said.

“Jeff has worked tirelessly to assist the City of Independence employees with support for working safely at home during the pandemic,” according to his nomination. “He has helped set up all staff computers and is always available, incredibly positive and patient, helpful, and supportive when IT issues arise.”

“I’m truly humbled by the nomination,” Witte said. “My team and I are usually behind the scenes working our hardest to keep the wheels turning and the City moving, so it’s rewarding to be noticed for it.”

The Susan 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 November 2 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.