2018 Employee Recognition Awards - General Government

GOLD - Shared by the Benefits Team

Back Row, Left to Right:
Franchesca Diaz
Rob Yurich
Leticia Preciado
Tom Melkonian
Michele Resendez

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This was a departmental collaborative effort between the Personnel Benefits Team and Information Services staff to overhaul and transform the way the Benefits Team was providing services to employees. Some of these services include providing information about employee health, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as initial and annual employee health insurance enrollment. Benefits and Information Services worked together to transform the benefits webpage and elevate the open enrollment process by allowing forms to be completed, signed and submitted electronically. This team also tested these new processes extensively in order to ensure their success.

SILVER- Shared by members of the General Services Fleet Services Division:

Left To Right:
Jonathan Rector
Robert Stovall
Randall Matajcich

Not Pictured:
Jose Rocha

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During a routine stop made by a Sheriff deputy in May 2018, a person was able to gain access to the vehicle’s driver side and drive the vehicle into the deputy. This incident exposed a vulnerability in the rear window security bars. As a result, the Fleet Services team quickly designed a security screen to reinforce the rear windows of the detainee area of the vehicle. This design was installed in more than 30 vehicles in less than two months. This innovative design and efficient installation led to better security and safety for the deputies and the public. This team has gone above and beyond to prevent circumstances in which high-risk and high harm events occur.


BRONZE - Shared by members of the County Wide Solar Installation Team
Left To Right:
Kevin Fitzgerald
William Kersten
Lt. Fred Plageman
Al Galvan
Robert Collacino

Not Pictured:
Ben Winkleblack


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The County Wide Solar Installation Team was a cross departmental collaborative team effort to install solar panels at eight county locations, including the Main County Building, the Emeline campus, Animal Services, Brommer Maintenance Yard, the Center for Public Safety, Simpkins Family Swim Center, and the Men’s Detention Center. Team members met with contractors, identified and mitigated parking and building access issues, and participated in weekly meetings related to the project. Their assistance with these duties kept the project on schedule with minimum impacts to operations. This project and team are being celebrated today for bringing significant benefits to the County and being responsive to demands for alternative energy sources.