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Santa Maria's recreation services manager honored for 'Going the Extra Mile'

Posted at 8:33 AM, Nov 20, 2019

Santa Maria’s recreation services manager was honored this week for “Going the Extra Mile.”

The award is handed out quarterly to various community members.

The City says Dennis Smitherman was nominated by his co-workers for a variety of reasons, including taking on additional tasks for the recreation division, creating new programs for the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety, Safe Places, art and music, the City’s arts master plan and more.

He was honored during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

"Recreation and Parks staff just really have a tendency to win this award because it's part of our nature to go above and beyond,” Smitherman told KSBY. “I'm in a great party of people here at Recreation and Parks that have won this award and it's really great to be a part of it."

City leaders call Smitherman a leader and say much of the work he does is done on his own time.