June 2018 State Employee of the Month

David Kessel
Licensing Manager & Custodian of Records
Missouri Gaming Commission

June 2018 State Employee of the Month, David Kessel

David Kessel, licensing manager with the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s Missouri Gaming Commission, has been named by Gov. Mike Parson as Missouri State Employee of the Month for June 2018.

David had been selected as the DPS May 2018 Employee of the Month.

David was chosen for the kindness and concern for others that he regularly exhibits. On a cold, blustery day in January, David was returning from lunch when he noticed an elderly man lying in the street near the Gaming Commission headquarters. The man was bleeding from his arms, hands, and knees, apparently from falling to the ground. Despite the frigid temperatures, he had no jacket.

The gentleman did not know how long he had been on the ground. David helped him to the man’s nearby home and escorted him inside. David offered to call 9-1-1, but the man said he would be alright once he warmed up and cleaned his wounds.

Several hours later, David went back to the man’s residence to ensure he was alright. The man thanked David for checking on him and reassured David he felt much better. When MGC Deputy Director Tim McGrail went to the residence to check on the man, he told McGrail how much he appreciated David stopping to help while others had just driven by, despite his yelling and waving for assistance.

David Kessel has been with the Missouri Gaming Commission for 16 years in both the custodian of records and licensing manager positions. He also manages application submissions and billing for applications and licensing.

Congratulations to David for his outstanding work and the example he has set for his co-workers throughout the Department of Public Safety!

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