Sewer repairer Eric Kelly made a quick leap from full-time worker to Employee of the Month. He was recognized Monday as the April honoree, just two months after achieving full-time status.

As a sewer repairer, Kelly works to maintain and repair Middle Township’s sewer system, including clearing stoppages in the main lines and in home sewer connections.

“Eric steps up to the job at every opportunity,” said Sewer Administrator Steve Mills. “A sewer clog makes a messy inconvenience, and so our repair crew often walks into situations that are tense and filled with frustration. Eric handles those situations with a cool head and a lot of class.”

Kelly, a resident of Woodbine, is a sewer repairer who started working for Middle Township as a temporary employee in October 2018. He obtained his commercial driver’s license in January of this year, which is required to operate vehicles used on the job. Kelly became a full-time employee in February.

“We are happy to have Eric as a part of the Middle Township team,” said Mayor Timothy C. Donohue. “In just a few short months, he has shown a great work ethic and has taken the initiative to improve work conditions. Eric is known for his professional and courteous interaction with our residents.”

As April’s Employee of the Month, Kelly received a certificate at Monday’s Township Committee meeting and his photograph will be displayed on a bulletin board at the administrative offices.

“An attitude is a little thing that makes a difference,” Committeeman Michael Clark said.

Middle Township Committee initiated the Employee of the Month program to recognize employees who have shown exceptional dedication, determination, innovation or performance. They are honored for going above and beyond the typical job requirements to help the township run smoothly and efficiently. The program culminates with the Darius Graham Employee of the Year honor, named for one of the township’s most beloved employees in its history.

“It’s great to have an employee like Eric. He has all the qualities that that any employer would look for,” said Deputy Mayor Theron “Ike” Gandy. “I’m proud that he’s on our team here at Middle Township.”

Township residents who have had a very positive interaction with any Middle Township employee can pick up a one-page form to nominate an employee. Forms are available inside Middle Township Hall, 33 Mechanic St. in Cape May Court House, from the Human Resources and Training Department, the Administration Department, and from the bulletin board.