Nominate an Employee for Outstanding Service!

Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including members of the public, co-workers, supervisors, administrators, Elected Officials, etc. Each quarter, a committee will review all nominations and select an employee to be awarded for providing Outstanding Customer Service of the Quarter.

Internal Winners

Dan Lorigan

Lead Probation Officer (District Court)

Courtney Rynkiewicz

Health Promotion Coordinator (Health Department)

External Winner

Heather Smothers

Deputy Probate Register (Probate Court)

Congratulations to our 2nd Quarter 2023 Employee Recognition Winners!

The Co-Worker Who Nominated Dan Wrote:
Dan has been a huge support to his co-workers and the general public. He is always looking out for his co-workers and offering assistance in many different ways. Most recently, due to some miscommunication, a defendant was waiting for PSI to be conducted but the officer that was supposed to do the interview was not informed and left. Dan stepped in and conducted the hour long interview, wrote the follow up report for the court that was required to be turned in within just a matter of days and he got the job done. He is truly an amazing co-worker, offers great advice, and generally cares about his defendants that he supervises and the people that he works with.

Courtney received two nominations that celebrated her service:
Courtney also works as the Public Information Officer/Accreditation Coordinator. It’s clear even in her title and roles that she wears many hats and fulfills many required duties within the department. Although these roles are part of her position, she routinely exceeds expectations in delivering services within the department and with our external partners. Courtney does not hesitate to step into leadership roles when they are presented.. .She is also a critical member of the department’s leadership team structure and fills a key role to coordinate many department initiatives including strategic planning, performance management, quality improvement and community health needs assessments. While this is impressive for a seasoned public health professional, what is more impressive is that Courtney has only been in her current position for two years! Her accomplishments have already made countless positive impacts on Livingston County residents and will only increase in years to come!”

Courtney Rynkiewicz provides amazing service through her work at the Health Department. She is currently serving as co-chair of the HSCB Substance Use Disorders Treatment and Prevention Workgroup and has chaired the Community Needs Assessment Workgroup. Courtney is also a critical member of the Community Connect Planning Committee representing healthcare services. Courtney sees the value in collaborating with community partners to address community needs. She goes above and beyond to address needs and create or update resources to help those in needs. Courtney is process orientated and not afraid to tackle a new project. Courtney is very organized and goal-focused. Because of these traits, she keeps the work groups focused and progressing toward their objectives. Courtney is great to work with, and I am grateful to have her dedicate her outstanding service to our community.”

Heather Smothers also received two nominations from members of the community using the Court’s services:
Heather is kind, patient, informed and helpful. A lot of probate clerks are very quick to dismiss questions or provide assistance. Heather is the opposite and it is appreciated.

Always courteous, even in difficult circumstances. Heather knows her area of probate law and its administration in some very difficult areas. Constant study of this area of the law is required and I find that Heather knows the law and its administration to be EXCELLENT and SUPERIOR to many attorneys. Lastly, she is extremely polite and helpful.

Previous Winners

About The Employee Recognition Program

Here at Livingston County, we put our residents first and strive to set the standard in public service. We firmly believe that every job is important and every employee contributes to our overall mission of delivering quality services. Every day, more than 700 men and women come to work for Livingston County. Some have dedicated decades to serving the great people of our county.

Livingston County’s Employee Recognition Program was created to recognize the dedication and exemplary customer service that our employees display in their everyday work. If a Livingston County employee has gone above and beyond to display outstanding customer service, please nominate the employee and share your story with us.

The top employee of each calendar quarter will be recognized at a Board or Finance Committee Meeting, the annual State of the County address, be featured in an article in the County newsletter and on the County website, as well as with a certificate of appreciation and a token of appreciation.

Human Resources

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Jennifer Palmbos
Human Resources/Labor Relations Director


(517) 546-1010


Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays


304 E Grand River Ave
Howell, MI 48843


(517) 546-6657