Human Resources

Employee Spotlight Denis Barnes

Denis Barnes

Inventory Record Control Supervisor
Property Accounting and Redistribution Center

"There are seven days in a week. Someday is not one of them."

Denis works in the Accounting Office as an Inventory Record Control Supervisor. Denis began his career at WIU in August 1999 as an Accounting Clerk and has progressively promoted to his current position. Some of Denis' primary responsibilities include: Tracking inventory on items of value over $500 for both campuses, performing inventory on all items each year as required by the State of Illinois, oversee the recycling of all electronics and furniture, as well as always trying to make the processes better. Denis enjoys the variety involved with his position, meeting new people, and helping fill the needs of an office or department with surplus property. He shares, "Providing furniture and/or electronics to departments helps save the university a great deal of money." Denis shared his impressions of working at WIU, "My experience has been that it is an enjoyable place to work. There is a lot of comradery with employees and we like to work together toward a common goal." One of Denis' most memorable experiences was the opening of Phase II of the Quad Cities Campus. "We travel to the QC Campus every week or two to get items inventory tagged. I was fortunate to see the old building before any construction began, and to see it now is very amazing and most memorable!" Denis credits the training sessions offered through Human Resources as something that has helped him grow in his job. "The Supervisor Training sessions and Zimbra Trainings were all helpful tools for me." When Denis began at WIU in 1999, he was living in Astoria and driving to Galesburg to work. He decided he wanted to work closer to home, so he applied at Western. He commented, "My first position was in Accounts Payable as an Accounting Clerk and Bob O'Bear was my first supervisor. I still get to work with Bob through the reconciliation process, all these years later!" Denis enjoys participating in the "Leathernecks in Training Program." "I enjoy going to Quincy to run with all of the participants." Denis is not a stranger to hard work. When he isn't performing his duties here at the university, he and his wife own "Slaw Dawgs Diner" in Astoria and host several benefits each year for community members. He has a love for astronomy, so he started an Astronomy Club in his community as well.

HR salutes Denis Barnes as one of our many committed Civil Service employees at WIU!