Largo Recognizes City Employees
By Bill Lopez
LARGO - The Citywide Employee Relations Committee in Largo created a citywide employee recognition program to recognize "Employees of the Quarter" in January 2006. The program recognizes up to four (4) employees quarterly for exemplifying, contributing to and upholding the City of Largo's mission, vision and values.
Up to one operational manager of the quarter can be recognized and 16 nominations were received from July 1 through September 30, 2008 for the most recent quarter.
The selection committee comprised of employees representing all departments selected the four Employees of the Quarter and provided a review of each employee's contribution that was presented in a city commission meeting Tuesday:
Davor Soldo, Utilities Analyst, Environmental Services - Davor was recently given the temporary assignment of Trades Foreman for the Biosolids Program. He is learning the position so that he can act as a mentor to new hires. Davor has innovative insight when dealing not only with problems, but with everyday situations. Davor has proven that he has a desire to be the best and it shows in his job performance. He not only meets management expectations, he exceeds them. Working with the Biosolids Program is just another example of Davor's willingness to step in when needed.
Bruce Hernandez, Police Officer, Police Department- The energy and effort that Officer Hernandez puts into investigations are second to none. He tackles each call with the same great determination, whether it is a petty misdemeanor or a first-degree felony. He develops leads on cases that appear to have no resolve and successfully makes an arrest. Whether it's canvassing a neighborhood or carrying a picture of the suspect in his back pocket until he comes across someone that knows the person he's looking for, Officer Hernandez demonstrates great police work. His demeanor and ability to establish rapport and build relationships with citizens of the community have allowed him to gather intelligence and develop informants.
Geri Malham, Library Service Coordinator, Library - The Library recently migrated to the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative automation system, Polaris. This was a major change in the function of the library from checking in and out items, registering patrons for new cards, and for ordering and receiving new products and getting them shelved. Geri was our “go to” person in this countywide project. Her knowledge of not only her job but the function of the entire library made her an integral part of this transfer process. She attended numerous meetings with representatives from other libraries to set policies and procedures and coordinated the migration with IT to our new operating system, Polaris. She scheduled training for each staff member, downloaded data from Sunline to Polaris, and Geri did all of this while performing her normal duties as Circulation Supervisor with a reduced staff.
Valerie Knight, Accounting Clerk, Finance Department - Whenever Valerie is asked to take on a new responsibility or help out when someone is out of the office for whatever reason, she takes on the job with enthusiasm and pride. She takes on these new jobs with minimal training or supervision. She has never asked for special consideration while performing these extra duties while trying to keep up with and maintaining her regular duties. She has come into work early and stayed late when asked. She tries to answer both internal and external questions efficiently and courteously.
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