Here are the winners of the County’s Employee Recognition Awards program. Yesterday’s program marked it’s 25th anniversary (we’ve been holding the event 25 years).
Employee of the Year—Tine Mathiasen, Clerk of the Board’s Office
Supervisor of the Year-Shelly Talbot, DA’s Office
Rookie of the Year-Vilma Salazar Rivas, Dept of Social Services, Truckee
Innovative Employee of the Year-Kevin Archbold, IGS Facilities, Truckee
Multiplier Employee of the Year-Jason Jones, IGS, Truckee
Above and Beyond Employee of the Year-(1) Kim Blix, Public Health and
(2) David Kopp, Building Department/Code Compliance
Team of the Year—(1) Emergency Operations Center Team, Employees from OES, Auditor’s Office, Code Compliance, CEO’s Office, IGS and BOS Office; (2) Covid-19 IGS Response Team, Information & General Services Department (3)Honorable Mention-Public Health Department
Here are the winner’s descriptions:
Kim Blix and David Kopp
Our first winner in this category has worked tirelessly in support of the COVID-19 response, going above and beyond to ensure that a prescription drug was delivered to a COVID patient in our local hospital. Her efforts required her to obtain the medication, which is in very short supply, and make strenuous efforts to get it to the patient. She also has worked to ensure the testing site is open and running smoothly 12 hours a day! Congratulations, Kim Blix from Public Health.
Our next winner in this category has demonstrated above and beyond service by working on several weekends to help study and respond to the yellow plume event in the Yuba River. He volunteered to help with the disaster service worker response when COVID hit and has actively helped ensure food is distributed to needed persons and agencies. We congratulate David Kopp from Code Compliance.
This year’s Innovative Employee of the Year award winner is said to have worked from sun-up to sundown in order to repair flooding in two buildings, ensuring that thousands of dollars of damage was prevented. He worked tirelessly to ensure employees had the ability to park and enter their buildings without impediment. His work ethic is "unparalleled" according to his nominator. We congratulate Kevin Archbold, Truckee Facilities.
This year’s Multiplier Employee of the Year award goes to an employee whose work ethic and leadership have inspired others to keep moving high profile projects along. In so doing, this employee has advanced the organization’s expertise, security, and professionalism. This year’s winner exemplifies that a person’s job title is not a measure of leadership but rather the confidence with which one inspires others to move forward. We congratulate Jason Jones from Information Services, Truckee Office.
Vilma Salazar Rivas
This year’s Rookie of the Year began employment right before COVID-19 hit the County. This employee volunteered to remain in the office so that others could work from home. By remaining in the office, she was able to maintain operations and provide service to customers. She is integral to the team, especially with Spanish-speaking customers. She delivered a podcast in Spanish about health services for community members. We congratulate Vilma Salazar Rivas, Truckee HHSA—Social Services.
COVID 19 IGS Team, EOC Team, Honorable Mention Public Health Department Team
This year we have two winners in this category.
The first team rolled in with the force of a tsunami to ready the County to work during COVID. In an extraordinarily short amount of time, this team rolled out hundreds of TEAMS applications, ensured a huge demand for VPN connection was met, gave us desktop cameras with microphones, taught us how to run meetings on TEAMS and ZOOM, and ensured we weren’t hacked in the background. We thank you and congratulate you, COVID-19 IGS Response Team.
The second winner in this category rolled in with the strength of a battalion during emergency after emergency. This team organized disaster service workers and county staff who worked tirelessly during PSPS and COVID 19 events. Food was distributed to 571 households equal to over 1654 individuals. "Project Roomkey" ensured first responders had a room to sleep in at night. The team ordered over 600 cloth masks for use by Sheriff’s staff and other essential workers. They ensured vulnerable populations were cared for first. We thank you and congratulate you, Emergency Operations Center Team.
This year, we also have an Honorable Mention award winning team. We salute this team for their unfailing efforts at helping us be one of the healthiest counties in the state despite the outbreak of COVID. This department informed us, guided us, and changed our behaviors overnight in order that we all do our best to remain healthy. We honor you, Public Health team, with our thanks. We take our hats off to you, but not our masks.
This year’s Supervisor of the Year takes on any challenge given to her. She provides clear, straightforward instructions; sets up weekly meetings; listens to everyone’s opinions; creates a sense of belongingness; and organized teleworking during COVID so that staff’s safety and health needs were addressed. We congratulate Shelly Talbot from the District Attorney’s office.
This year’s Employee of the Year reflects the core values of dedication, integrity and collaboration, among others. This year’s winner gathered a group of employees from different departments and brought them together in a fun project that helped build relationships. This year’s winner volunteered to help out during COVID and ended up coordinating the vast network of response efforts-a task that meant obtaining staff to do work they weren’t accustomed to, tracking who was doing what all over the County, and responded to countless requests for information. This employee provided valuable input on process improvement events which resulted in time saving efficiencies for all County staff. This year’s winner has been sought out to be a contributing member to various committees and offices. We congratulate Tine Mathiasen, Board of Supervisors Office, this year’s Employee of the Year.