The City of Newberry has been recognized for the second year in a row as the overall winner of the annual S.C. Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) Partners Health and Wellness Award, setting the bar for worksite wellness. Mayor Foster Senn made mention of the special recognition at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

Senn said that City Manager Matt DeWitt and the city’s human resources department had done an outstanding job in promoting a healthy worksite for city staff.

The awards program, also known as the PEBA Partners program was implemented in 2016 as a way to recognize employers that are promoting a physically, emotionally and financially healthy worksite. In May of each year, a survey is sent out to each of PEBA’s employer groups assessing how they promote health at their workplace.

“To have 270 different employer groups submit the survey and the City of Newberry to be number one, that’s quite impressive,” Senn said. “We’re really proud.”

DeWitt said he was very proud of the award and of the job that Tamra Tootle, division director and Jana Boice, human resources specialist do for the city of implementing the employee programs that helped the city in receiving this distinction.

“We strive each year to provide a great environment for our employees,” DeWitt said.

Each year the nominees are reviewed in May and the recognition occurs at the annual PEBA benefits conference in August with categories in Best Public Subdivision, Best Public School and Best Higher Education Organization/State Agency.

With over 600 eligible organizations representing over 194,000 employees who are eligible for this recognition, the City rose above them all for a second year running to be recognized as the overall winner – best of all three categories.  

 The City of Newberry was recognized as the overall winner of the annual PEBA Partners Health and Wellness Award for the second year in a row. Mayor Foster Senn made mention of the special recognition at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. Pictured from left to right are Mayor Foster Senn, Division Director Tamra Tootle and City Manager Matt DeWitt.