May 16, 2013
Mayor Greg Stanton, City Council members, City Manager David Cavazos and the city’s Human Resources staff today recognized winners of the 2012 City of Phoenix City Manager’s Employee Excellence Awards during a ceremony at the Orpheum Theatre. Eighteen Teams and 14 individual employees were honored at the event, which recognizes outstanding performance, customer service, community service, and innovation and efficiency.
The following received awards:
- Ilene Klein, Information Technology Services - Designed, authored and launched a website for employees and the public devoted to Internet information security and privacy.
- Michelle Dalton, Police - Helped an elderly woman who was defrauded by a carpet installer by enlisting volunteers and donors to re-carpet, re-paint and re-landscape her Phoenix home.
- Wilfred Gonzalez, Law - Established two youth programs: a basketball mentorship program based on the philosophy of legendary basketball coach John Wooden and another that prevents teen-dating violence.
- Adriana Phillips, Finance - Managed large, complex procurements for the city, consolidated six individual contracts into a single contract, served on the Business Enterprise Team and mentored other employees.
- Mark D. Sipes, Planning & Development - Served as development team leader and project manager for the $500 million CityScape project while acting as team leader for the PHX Sky Train™ project.
- George P. Frangos, Street Transportation - Developed two devices: a “fish eye” lens that monitors intersections and a wireless radio/camera combination that sends images to the Traffic Management Center.
- Gail LaTour, Public Works - Organized the National Food Day event at the City Hall plaza and the Green Gardening Group, which planted a demonstration garden in front of the Calvin C. Goode Building.
- Elena Waller, Planning and Development - Provided outstanding service to Planning and Development customers, even keeping candy, stickers and coloring books in her desk for customers’ children.
- Jackie Johnson, Finance - Served on the Procurement Task Force, mastered a new Vendor Management System and trained vendors to use the system.
- Beth Barnes, Law - Works tirelessly to prosecute motorists charged with DUI and was named Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s “Prosecutor of the Year."
- Deborah Weissman Ostreicher, Aviation - Has devoted 16 years volunteering with “New Pathways for Youth,” a mentoring organization for children in transitional homeless shelters.
- Robert Baraban, Police - Nationally recognized as an auto-theft investigator, having recovered more than 40 stolen vehicles in one year.
- Tiffany Torres, Human Resources - Researched a more efficient way to advertise city jobs online, which led to a single vendor that can post to thousands of job boards.
- Nick Margiotta, Police - Assisted military veterans and the homeless mentally ill and developed training to help first-responders learn how to interact with the groups.
- Problem-Solving Courts for Mental Health Issues and Veterans – The team established special courts for two groups of defendants: military veterans and those experiencing mental health issues.
- Operation STOP (Surface-transportation Top Offender Program) – The team spearheaded a program that effectively deals with repeat misdemeanor offenders on Metro Light Rail.
- Police Department Domestic Violence Unit – The team established a new domestic violence model that classifies offenders into three categories: coercive control without violence; coercive control/violent; and generally dangerous.
- Lifeguard Community Outreach and Recruitment – The team developed a recruiting plan to attract, train and hire qualified lifeguards who reflect the communities they serve.
- Human Services Department Senior Center Automation Project – The team developed a touch-screen program that automates processes for staff and enables seniors to check center activities, make meal reservations and perform other functions.
- Kuban Park Open Space Initiative – The team led a comprehensive effort that inspired the community to “take back” Kuban Park, which had fallen prey to vandals.
- Transit Strike – The team worked tirelessly during a six-day transit strike to assist bus passengers affected by the walkout.
- Culture of Safety - A Pilot’s Pride – The team launched an award-winning safety campaign aimed at Deer Valley Airport pilots.
- 911 Portal – The team developed a web-based portal for the Communications Bureau, allowing it to handle evidence requests for Phoenix Police and other agencies.
- Used Oil Sales – The team contracted with a vendor to sell used oil from city operations at market value instead of giving it to a recycler.
- School Plastic Bag Recycling Contest – The team created an elementary school recycling contest that successfully celebrated the five-year anniversary of Bag Central Station.
- Moya – The team worked with community partners to establish a food program and pantry at Moya Elementary School.
- Same Day Collection – The team spearheaded an innovation and efficiency program that allows for single-day collection of household garbage and recycling, saving taxpayers $2.7 million annually.
- Be a Star: Take Swim Lessons PSA – The team enlisted the Phoenix Suns Gorilla and other mascots for a public service announcement that encourages children to learn to swim.
- Graffiti Free Phoenix - Wipe It Out – The team recruited and organized 3,000 volunteers for a one-day graffiti removal event.
- Parks & Recreation Urban Garden – The team established a community garden, a mobile garden program and a green wall at a youth center.
- VARS/Public Works - Demolition Recycling – The team required demolition contractors to recycle material from structures demolished under Aviation’s Voluntary Acquisition and Relocation Services program.
- Area 2 Field Office – Also known as the city’s “helicopter heroes,” the team responded to the scene of a central Phoenix helicopter crash, possibly saving the lives of two men.
Joyce Valdez 602-262-6213