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

December 2014 Employee of the Month

Maria Medina

Finance Department

Maria Medina joined the City of Porterville in October of 1994 as a temporary Account Clerk I with the Finance Department.  She started at the front counter with cash collections helping customers with bill payment and signing up for utility service.  Her customer service skills, cheerful attitude, and fluency in Spanish earned her full-time, permanent status in September 1995.  She continued working at the front counter, learning other utility duties and assisting the business license clerk.  In May of 1997, Maria was promoted to an Account Clerk II and she moved to the back office where she processed closing utility bills and penalties and continued to assist in business license.  Later on, she was assigned to accounts receivable where she handled the billing and collection of various City services, including weed abatement, bin services, police services, hangar rentals, and others.  In 2003, Maria accepted the position of business license clerk, a position she still holds today and one she really loves.  In this position, she processes new business license applications, renewals and collections.  She also handles the applications for bingo permits, temporary auto sales, circus and carnival, and car wash permits.  In September of this year, we stepped up our business license enforcement and actively sought out unlicensed businesses.  This brought about some unwanted and fierce responses that Maria took all in stride, calmly explaining the regulations for compliance to City Code.  So far, we have licensed over 60 new businesses in this period of time.

For the past 10 years, Maria has also worked part-time at the City’s OHV Park, first as a cashier during the weekends.  Within a few months, she was appointed to the position of OHV assistant coordinator, which she still holds today.  With a great attitude and cheerful disposition, Maria continues to be a valued member of the City team.

Maria has been married to Miguel for 30 years.  They have 4 children and 14 grandchildren.  In her spare time, Maria loves to crochet and to read books.  But most of all, she loves spending time with her grandchildren.  Before working for the City, Maria was an enlisted member of the US Army for four years and later on spent two years with the National Guard.

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