Gov. Robert Bentley made the presentation to Muenger at a meeting last week of the Governor’s Commission on Employment of People with Disabilities. The award was made in recognition of Muenger’s work with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services for making accommodations to employ Mallory Parton, who has muscular dystrophy, as a warrant clerk with the Police Department.
At the request of Roy Roberts with ADRS, Muenger consulted with former Police Chief Alan Watson about hiring Parton on a trial basis as a warrant officer to help clear a backlog of work that accumulated while the position had been vacant. Roberts assisted with modifications to the work area, and ADRS paid for her first three months on the job. Parton’s skills were a great fit for the job, and the city has just about doubled collections on warrants since she’s been on the job, from $7,000-$9,000 per month to $14,000-$20,000.
Muenger said he didn’t see the award coming — it just looked like a good business decision to him, and the Police Department had already been recognized for the job. It’s been a good move for all concerned.
He was impressed with what he heard from others at the event from workers with various disabilities. Employers who provide pathways for getting people into the work force are frequently rewarded with employees who really appreciate having their jobs. Muenger recalled a paralyzed man saying it is “such a gift to be able to go to work.”
In his five years in Talladega Muenger has proven himself to be a detail-oriented and thoughtful administrator who works in collaboration with others to manage the city’s operations. This award recognizes those traits and how they made a difference for Parton and for Talladega