Franklin employees honored for service
By Pam Horne, Managing Editor
Bruce Bateman’s family was on hand to congratulate him on a career well served. His wife Pam is seated, front, along with their daughter Angel Howeth, right, her children Emma, 11, and Hannah, 10, and Bruce’s grandson Bruce Bateman, III, 11, all of Franklin.
Four Franklin city employees were honored recently for their combined commitment of nearly 65 years as they retired this month from public service.
Bruce Bateman, retiring as deputy police chief of administration, drew accolades from his department, but also from law enforcement in neighboring communities.
Bateman, who has 27 years with the force, received an additional plaque from Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes and the entire Brentwood agency.
Bateman began as an officer in April of 1986 and rose to the rank of Deputy Police Chief tasked with emergency communications, training and records among other duties.
Eddie Hardison, a familiar face to many in City Hall, has worked for Franklin’s City Court for 26 years, advancing the position of deputy court clerk.
Hardison and Bateman, both known by colleagues for their professional and courteous dispositions, have achieved the longest track records, witnessing the city’s population triple during their careers.
Combined they have more than fifty years of institutional knowledge about Franklin’s police and court systems.
Mayor Dr. Ken Moore presented commendations and clocks to all four employees.
When he presented Hardison with her clock he remarked, “Eddie is known for her smile and the way you’ve served people. You’ve done it with joy in your heart. I’m going to miss you.”
When speaking of Batemen, Moore joked that “Bruce was my mentor for Leadership Franklin and he put the fear of God in me.”
Following Moore’s presentation, his boss Chief David Rahinsky, as well as Brentwood’s Chief of Police, Jeff Hughes, spoke highly of their colleague.
“Unfortunately, a career in law enforcement tends to give people a cynical outlook,” Hughes told the audience of more than 100 employees and members of the community. “Bruce is as nice as a man as you can meet. He’s a gentleman through and through.”
Tom Voss, an information systems analyst, has worked for five years in the police and finance departments.
Longtime Information Technology Director Fred Banner presented Voss with his award, noting that Voss has shown a great deal of flexibility in moving from department to department, serving wherever his talents were needed.
And Steve Sims, Business Process Improvement Manager and City Court Clerk, will retire with six years of service, leading the city through operational billing changes.
During his remarks, Moore noted the significance of the event for employees and their families.
Posted on: 12/26/2013