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Two longtime York County employees were recently recognized for their combined 45 years of service to the county.
Capt. Andrew Barden has served for 25 years on the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety.
Barden decided to pursue a career as a firefighter after having volunteered with Poquoson Fire Department for several years. Currently, he commands the task force that responds to emergencies throughout Upper York County from his base at the Bruton Fire Station.
“Captain Barden is an excellent example of York County’s fire and rescue personnel,” said Fire Chief Stephen P. Kopczynski. “Andy is always seeking solutions to needs or challenges and works hard ensuring that his personnel are well trained and prepared for their mission each day.”
Deborah Morris was also recognized at the meeting for her 20 years of service to York County in the Department of Financial and Management Services.
Morris began as an accounting manager and was promoted within a year to the chief of fiscal accounting Services. Currently, Morris serves as the York County controller, whose responsibilities include overseeing accounts payable, payroll, purchasing, utility billing, budget, financial reporting and risk management.
“Debbie is one of, if not the, most professional individuals I have had the pleasure to work with,” said Deputy County Administrator Vivian McGettigan. “Her leadership as Controller has been a boon to the county and the staff has flourished under her guidance.”
Both honorees were officially recognized for their accomplishments at last Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.