The following letter nominating Mrs. Hayden was submitted by Judge Metts and his staff:
“Ms. Hayden is the Community Liaison, takes care of the Hot Check section of our department, and is Front Office Supervisor. Ms. Hayden’s day starts between 5:30 and 6 a.m. and sometimes does not end until 5 p.m. She is a steady worker, even when taking care of her spouse with medical problems. She is always available for anything needed in the office. She listens to complaints and suggestions and is considered a confidant by all employees. If she sees something that can be done better in a different way, she consults with the Judge and Chief of Staff to change it. She keeps the staff motivated and makes working enjoyable. She makes sure all employees are part of the team and cheers people up when they are down. She sympathizes with your problems and always tries to give a positive outlook. She is always cheerful, kind, caring and loving. She is considered the “Mama” of our office. She is dedicated to the office, the Judge and the surrounding community. If everyone had a Ms. Hayden in their office, there would always be happiness in the county departments.”
Judge Metts was unable to attend Commissioners Court on Monday, so JP4 Chief of Staff Brian Stanley read the letter on his behalf. Mrs. Hayden was lured to Commissioners Court under false pretenses and was completely surprised by the recognition. Her husband, Charles Hayden and her son, Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden were also in attendance.
Judge Metts said the recognition was well-deserved.
“Mrs. Hayden does an outstanding job and has proven herself over and over,” he said.
“My staff is aware of this, but others may not be – Mrs. Hayden’s husband was very ill for several months,” Judge Metts said. “Most people would have taken a leave of absence with so much on their shoulders, but Mrs. Hayden managed to meet his needs and continue to do an exemplary job for Precinct 4.”
“Her work ethic should be an example to everyone,” he said.