The 2019 Excellence in Public Service Award winners for Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita have been acknowledged in separate surprise announcements at their respective jobs. The honorees are:
Daniel Schrant, Construction Engineer, Sedgwick County Public Works
Carmen Johnson, Senior Accountant, City of Wichita Finance Department
The honoree for Wichita Public Schools will be announced at a later date. The honorees were selected from thousands of eligible workers from Sedgwick County, Wichita Public Schools and the City of Wichita. They share a strong work ethic, exceptional performance and a commitment to community.
Courtesy of the sponsoring DeVore Foundation, each honoree will receive a $2,500 check at a reception at 4:30 p.m. on May 9 at the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Daniel Schrant, P.E. (Sedgwick County) serves as the Construction Engineer for Sedgwick County Public Works. Schrant has been with Sedgwick County for six years and has been involved in a variety of successful projects throughout his tenure. In 2018, he was involved with a project to overlay the pavement on Main Street in Garden Plain, KS. Schrant identified a railroad crossing that had not been utilized for several years. Through conversations with the City and the railroad, he was able to have the unused tracks removed prior to the project's start date. Schrant later received an award from the County Manager for his initiative.He is an active member in the community, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. In 2017, Schrant led the campaign to bring the film, "Dream Big: Engineering Our World" to Wichita. He was awarded the 2018 Outstanding ASCE Younger Member Award for Region 7 by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2018. He was President of the Wichita Branch of ASCE in 2017-2018 and has served in all other officer positions. As President of ASCE, Schrant developed "Hands on Engineering," a new monthly kids program offered at the Advanced Learning Library.
An active member of the Knights of Columbus since 2002, Schrant can be found regularly serving breakfast to raise funds for various youth activities, or serving on a planning committee that manages 1,500 hours of volunteered time over 10 days to operate a fireworks tent each summer. Additionally, Schrant is a Cub Scout den leader and has volunteered in various other community organizations and events.
Schrant has been married to his wife Vicki since 2008 and they have four children -- Levi, Sarah, Jude, and Abigail.
Carmen Johnson (City of Wichita) is a Senior Accountant and Senior Management Analyst for the City of Wichita Finance Department. Carmen manages and oversees the Accounts Payable function and is also responsible for accounting for the General Fund, financial reporting, necessary tax filings and overseeing travel expenses. With her responsibilities, Carmen works with both internal and external customers and performs her work with integrity, professionalism and respect, providing a great example of the City's values of trust and service. She is always one to "step up" to get the job done.
Carmen has focused a great deal of her efforts on helping military veterans and their families. Also, Carmen and her coworkers save soda cans for Chris, a son of a friend who has Down syndrome. The cans are then recycled and the funds are donated for Kansas Honor Flights. Carmen's daughter is also a Maize Eagles cheerleader. As a "cheer mom," she helped the cheerleaders raise enough funds to send five Kansas WWII, Korea and Vietnam War veterans on a Kansas Honor Flight trip. She has also coordinated a group from Maize High School to welcome home veterans from their Honor Flights at the Wichita Eisenhower Airport.
Carmen is also an active participant in the local chapter of Wear Blue: Run to Remember. This running/walking group honors the service and sacrifice of the American military, fallen soldiers and their families. She was instrumental in bringing a "Blue Mile" to the Prairie Fire Marathon in October 2018, where volunteers lined a mile of the course holding American flags with names of fallen service members embroidered onto the attached ribbons.
Carmen is married to Jim and they have three children.