Employee of the Month


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City of Porterville
291 North Main Street
Porterville, CA 93257
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City of Porterville

June 2011 Employee of the Month

Mariko Williams

Porterville Police Department

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Officer Mariko Williams as the Employee of the Month for June 2011.

Mariko was raised in a military family that moved frequently until finally settling in the Southern California city of Temecula.

After Mariko graduated from high school, she followed her family’s tradition and joined the United States Marine Corps where she served from 1994 to 2002.  Mariko had a much decorated career in the Marine Corps, serving the initial four years training fellow Marines in protection efforts against nuclear biological chemical weaponry. Her remaining four years in the Marines was spent as a Russian linguist attached to an intelligence unit.

Following her honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Mariko began her law enforcement career with the Honolulu Police Department in Hawaii.  She worked as a police officer in Hawaii from 2002 to 2006.

In September 2007, Mariko relocated to Porterville because of family and applied to work for the Porterville Police Department. Viewing her background and work history, not to mention being a Hawaii Five-O, she was a natural fit for our department.

Since 2007, Mariko has worked in the Patrol Division with assignments as a Sector Officer, but she found her true calling when she began working as a School Resource Officer.  While working in the school system, Mariko found what drives her and that is helping our youth. Mariko has been instrumental in guiding students to make positive choices in their lives. Mariko has mentored some of the police department female explorers who enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. Seeing these young people follow in her footsteps is truly something to be proud of.  

Mariko developed and implemented the GREAT Program within our school system; she balanced the program to meet the needs of the students, schools, and our community.  She used her drive and passion to seek grants that funded her training, enabling her to teach the GREAT Program in our local schools.  Her teaching of the GREAT Program began in August 2010 and she had 45 classes graduate from the program this year.  Her program has reached over 1,800 5th and 7th grade students this year alone.

Mariko has partnered with Bob Perez, our City/School Liaison, in visiting and counseling at-risk youth and their families.  Their partnership currently has a caseload of 200 families they visit monthly, and they have been in the homes of over 700 families since the inception of the program.

Mariko has a 10 year old daughter, Malia, who is very proud of what her mother is doing.

As you can see, Mariko is a very special person, one that we are proud to have as a member of our team, one that’s making a difference. Please join us in honoring Mariko Williams as Employee of the Month.  

 

 

 

 

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