Well done!

Each issue, eScoop would like to give a shout-out to employees and departments who have earned special recognition. We want to hear about colleagues who have earned kudos on the job as well as those being recognized for their work or volunteerism outside the office.

Send your ideas on employees who should receive a pat on the back to the eScoop editor. In this issue, you’ll hear about praise for employees in Transportation and Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation as well as those who made the annual Best of Tucson list.

County sites make Best of Tucson list

Each year, the Tucson Weekly culls through thousands of suggestions to rank everything from the best art studio to the best wine bar. Several Pima County parks, playgrounds and pools also made the list. Here's how they ranked:

Best Bike Riding

#1 - The Loop
Brandi Fenton Park splash pad

Best Dog Park

#1 - Brandi Fenton Memorial Park

Best Park

#2 - Agua Caliente Park
#3 - Brandi Fenton Memorial Park

Best Place to donate your time or money

#3 - Pima Animal Care Center

Best Playground

#2 - Brandi Fenton Memorial Park

Best Public Pool/Splashpad 

#1 - Brandi Fenton Memorial Park

See the full list at the Weekly's Best of Tucson site.

Transportation staff wins praise

No one wants to get the phone call or email from a resident complaining about poor service from County staff. Unfortunately, though, the tendency is to complain, not compliment. But not this time.

A handwritten card came in late last month to the "Pima County Road Maintenance Office" on behalf of the residents of Chaparral Acres Neighborhood with thanks for recent road repairs. 

Another resident noted that "you probably get harassed all day, but I wanted to thank the crews for their prompt attention" after excessive gravel and tar was left in the road near Ironwood Elementary School. "Credit to Brian (Lopez) and Kelly (Byers') crews in Operations for getting the job done!"
Brian Lopez with rake
And a constituent in District 4 wrote Supervisor Steve Christy with before and after photos of the repaving job DOT staff performed in his Ironwood Ridge Estates neighborhood. DOT's Gerald Sinibaldi won special praise for his patience and thoroughness.

"The neighbors that routinely walk through the wash have all stopped and expressed how happy they are with the massive improvements to their path," wrote the resident. "Many have also mentioned how quickly it was done."

Fields were tip top

An official with the Kino Baseball League praised the staff at Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation for keeping the playing fields in excellent condition for the organization's fall season.

The league's players, coaches and parents offered "a tip of the cap" to the crews at Arthur Pack, Curtis, Thomas Jay, Mehl and Lawrence Parks, noting the challenge of maintaining fields for more than 320 games, 67 teams and 1,000-plus participants.

Employees responsible for the care and maintenance of those fields are:

Arthur Pack fieldArthur Pack
  • Robert Archuleta
  • Morgan Hyser
  • Rafael Hernandez
  • Richard Herrera
  • Marc Mares
Curtis
  • Luis Cecena
  • Steve Casillas
Thomas Jay
  • Dario Burruel
  • John Grijalva Jr.
George Mehl/Foothills
  • Edwin Pena
  • Mario Alvarez
  • Juan De Dios Valdivia
  • Ray Quintero
Lawrence
  • Richard Bell
  • Guillermo Trujillo
The crews are supervised by Division Manager Ron Odell. Chris Cawein is NRPR department director.

Photos:
Top: Brandi Fenton's splash pad is always a hit.
Middle: DOT's Brian Lopez (with rake) and colleague Kelly Byers won praise for "getting the job done!"
Bottom: Crews at Arthur Pack keep the field in excellent shape.
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