Stay Chissay Recognized by American Public Works Association
Maryville, TN – The Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association (TCAPWA) awarded the prestigious Murphy Snoderly Award to city of Maryville Engineering and Public Works veteran Thisday “Stay” Chissay. The award was presented by TCAPWA Chapter Administrator Mark Miller at the October City Council Meeting.
Chissay is a native of the White Mountain Apache Tribe Reservation near Cibecue, Arizona and grew up in Maryville. He began his thirty-two year career with the City as a sanitation collection worker and was promoted to his current position of Crew Leader in the Engineering and Public Works Department.
Assistant Public Works Director Tim Phillips said he nominated Chissay for his “dedicated service to the City, his ability to adapt to change, and his impeccable safety record.” Phillips said, “Stay has been one of the most reliable employees in City history, trained countless crew members, and has provided the best customer service to the Maryville community.”
Dan Cantwell, Public Works Superintendent, praised Chissay for his work ethic. “For the first twenty years of his career, Stay never took a sick day,” said Cantwell. “He is extremely dependable and conscientious, and I can always count on him to step up to any challenge and help out the City’s solid waste efforts. He is humble and kind to coworkers and citizens, and he’s just a wonderful example for our entire organization. I am thrilled that he has been recognized at the state level for his accomplishments.”
The Murphy Snoderly Award is an annual honor for public works employees in local government in recognition of dedication and service to their respective communities. Each year, the recipient is selected from a slate of statewide candidates and is considered the state’s “most outstanding non-administrative public works employee.”
The award is named for Murphy Snoderly, who was a long-time engineering and public works consultant for the UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) and was also the first City Manager of Johnson City in 1939. Murphy believed that “the working person who picked up garbage or patched potholes on the streets each day” along with other duties that allow a city to function properly should be provided with acknowledgement of their hard work and commitment to public service.