Tulsa Public Works Employee Receives $2,000 Scholarship
HAPPY RECIPIENT: Heath Kirkeby, left, accepts his scholarship award from Bryan Ballard of Tetra-Tech Inc. in Tulsa, a member of NASSCO.
City of Tulsa employee Thomas Heath Kirkeby, electronics technician in the Underground Collections section of Public Works Environmental Operations, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship by the National Association of Sewer Service Companies.
Kirkeby was nominated for the award by his supervisor, Ralph Parker.
In his nomination letter, Parker stated, “It is my honor to recommend Thomas Heath Kirkeby for the Jeffrey D. Ralston Memorial Scholarship Award. I have had the pleasure to know and have him work for me for over two years. Having served our country in the U.S. Navy he carries forth the military respect for authority and discipline as well as a “can-do” attitude toward the challenges presented in his job. This is frequently demonstrated by his ability to study, learn, and repair various complex electronic systems used by the City of Tulsa.
“Thomas brings energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to all of his activities. His efforts continue to streamline maintenance procedures and save the City money. As a result, he takes part in putting the City of Tulsa on the leading edge of technology while keeping us committed to maintaining current industry standards for underground pipeline inspection and trenchless repair technology,” Parker said.
“While pursuing a Master of Business degree, he continues to maintain a 4.0 while working fulltime and as he and his wife raise young twin daughters. Even with his energy and drive I would think that these things have not all been easy for him, but it has no apparent affect on his attitude or accomplishments. In my opinion Thomas is very deserving of this award and I encourage you to look favorably upon his application.”