MDC Conservation Agent Michael Abdon receives Missouri State Employee Award of Distinction for Leadership from Gov. Nixon

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo -- The Missouri Office of Administration, Division of Personnel, recently announced winners of the 2012 Missouri State Employee Awards of Distinction in the categories of Public Service, Leadership, Safety and Heroism. Winners were recognized and awarded at a special ceremony on Thursday, May 10, in the Governor’s Office.

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) agent Michael Abdon of Cooper County was the winner of the Award of Distinction for Leadership. The award is given to state employees who exemplify and promote outstanding leadership qualities and behaviors.

“Mike gives the Department of Conservation an excellent image in Cooper County and provides a quality balance of resource law enforcement and other responsibilities,” said MDC Director Robert L. Ziehmer. “Honesty, integrity and commitment are all qualities that describe him as an employee and a person. During his career of 15 years as an agent, he has refined his ability to assist, direct, and motivate people.”

Ziehmer added that Abdon is a mentor to other conservation agents and provides excellent public service.