August’s Employee of the Month, Isaac Drake, moved to Manhattan from Kansas City about six years ago to raise his family. You may know his wife, Tasha, who works for the Health Department. He found that he enjoys both the slower pace of life and the outdoors opportunities here. Isaac is the Custodian for Public Works and the Historical Museum. He was nominated by Parks Director David Willis, who says Isaac demonstrates a lot of great qualities.
“First, Isaac is friendly and always displays a positive attitude. He also takes pride in his work and does it to the highest of standards. His commitment to excellence is apparent every day through the tidiness and cleanliness of our public works buildings,” said Willis.
Isaac’s father is responsible for instilling a strong work ethic at a young age.
“Dad taught us if you’re going to do something, it’s best to do it right the first time. Nobody wants to come to work in an unclean building or unsafe environment,” said Isaac. “I want people to feel proud of where they work. I keep my eyes open and always scan for work that needs to be done or supplies that need to be restocked before anyone has to ask for them.”
Isaac enjoys working for the county because everyone is respectful and friendly, and there’s a lot of opportunity to improve and advance. He says his coworkers make him excited to come to work and the camaraderie makes the time go by quickly. Isaac’s goal is to move up in the organization and hopefully join one of the outdoor crews, like the Bridge Crew, someday.
When he’s not at work, Isaac enjoys spending time with his family, especially outdoors. Kayaking is a big hobby, and he and Tasha like to bring their young son to the River Pond to go kayaking and fishing, and play by the water. The Drake family also enjoys taking their 1 y.o. Doberman on walks.
Riley County is a great place to live, and we’re grateful to have the Drake family here to make it even better!