Missouri Department of Conservation agent Michael Abdon, of Cooper County, received the 2012 Award of Distinction for Leadership from Governor Jay Nixon at a banquet last on May 10.  Click to hear KMZUs Chelsea Wade talk with Michael Abdon:

Michael Abdon

Press Release from Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Office of Administration, Division of Personnel, recently announced winners of the 2012 Missouri State Employee Awards of Distinction in the categories of Public Service, Leadership, Safety and Heroism. Winners were recognized and awarded at a special ceremony on Thursday, May 10, in the Governor’s Office.

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) agent Michael Abdon of Cooper County was the winner of the Award of Distinction for Leadership. The award is given to state employees who exemplify and promote outstanding leadership qualities and behaviors.

“Mike gives the Department of Conservation an excellent image in Cooper County and provides a quality balance of resource law enforcement and other responsibilities,” said MDC Director Robert L. Ziehmer. “Honesty, integrity and commitment are all qualities that describe him as an employee and a person. During his career of 15 years as an agent, he has refined his ability to assist, direct, and motivate people.”

Ziehmer added that Abdon is a mentor to other conservation agents and provides excellent public service.

Photo Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

MDC Cooper County Conservation Agent Michael Abdon was awarded the 2012 Missouri State Employee Awards of Distinction in the category of Leadership. He was recognized and awarded at a special ceremony on May 10 in the Governor’s Office. Front Row l to r: Janet Ritter, Mary Ann Abdon, Lisa Abdon, Michael Abdon, Governor Nixon, Robert Ziehmer, Lisa Baclesse, Dean Harre. Back Row l to r: Scott Rice, Kurt Kysar, Larry Yamntiz, Christopher Doran, Tom Strother.