City of Red Wing

Service Above Self winner - Steve Thoms, Public Works

Monday, January 28 2013 12:00 AM


Steve Thoms started his career with the City of Red Wing as apprentice maintenance in the utilities department on December 9, 2003. In 2009 he was promoted to the operations foreman position which he still holds.

Among his many responsibilities, he provides work direction to the staff responsible for the construction, repair, operation and the maintenance of water distribution systems and wastewater and storm water systems throughout the city. He has spent significant time in developing a program to run cameras through the sanitary and storm sewers to assess the condition of these systems.

Steve exemplifies excellence in public service. He is professional and consistently goes above and beyond what is expected of him. Steve responds to phone calls after hours on a regular basis whether it is a call for snow plowing, water main break or sewer back up, day or night, he coordinates staff to get the work done. Steve is a tremendous asset to the City of Red Wing and his selfless dedication to the residents of this community and his coworkers is apparent in everything he does.

Steve has the ability to work with anyone. He has a very easy manner, and is always the calm in the storm. Steve always has the safety of his co-workers and the residents in mind in everything he does. 

Steve takes many calls after hours from residents who have an emergency and he always takes the time, regardless of the time of day or night, to do what he can to help them. This often means going to the resident’s home to survey the situation. He does his without complaint or with the expectation of reward. He is patient to explain and always follows through with his commitment to them.

He is reliable, dependable and can always be counted on to do what is right.

Steve was not nominated for this award as a result of a particular incident or event. He was nominated because this is the way he lives his life.  When talking to his family members, his son Andy had the following to say.

“If I could contribute a word to describe Steve Thoms it would be the word humble.  All my life I have never seen my dad act otherwise.” Andy shared the story of a hunting trip this fall. Steve had harvested a trophy deer, one that would have been the envy of many and while others openly admired Steve’s deer, he remained calm, collected and humble. 

“Humble, along many other kind actions are shown throughout dads life and work day. I have had the privilege to be a part of these actions all of my life making him the greatest father one could ever have.  I am very happy that dad is able to share these wonderful traits with so many; including family, coworkers and the residents of Red Wing.

Steve’s sister Bonnie called him gracious, selfless, and the “most awesome brother anyone could ever have. He is a very special human being.”   

We at the City of Red Wing are a better organization for having Steve as part of it, and the residents of the City are certainly fortunate to have someone with Steve’s level of commitment to them as well.

Thank you Steve. 

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