Employee of the Month


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City of Porterville
291 North Main Street
Porterville, CA 93257
(559)782-7499
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City of Porterville

January 2017 Employee of the Month

Gabby Cruz

 Finance Department

For the month of January 2017, we are honoring GABRIELA CRUZ as the City of Porterville’s employee of the month.  Gabby, as we call her, joined the Finance Team as an Account Clerk I in February of 2007.  She started at the front counter with cash collections helping our customers in processing their transactions.  She showed excellent customer service, always professional and polite to everybody.  It became quickly apparent that Gabby is one of our more dedicated staff with excellent work habits and a great attitude.  Within a few months’ time, Gabby was promoted to an Account Clerk II and was assigned to be the chief accounts receivable clerk.  She quickly learned and mastered the Accounts Receivable module and the billing process.  In this position, she was responsible for the collection of several thousand dollars in past-due accounts.  Additionally, Gabby was responsible for balancing the daily cash receipts and preparing the deposits to the bank. 

In July of 2013, Gabby was promoted to an Administrative Aide and took over the very comprehensive payroll responsibilities.  Twice each month, Gabby processes over 500 timesheets and provides for accurate and timely payments to City employees. Besides administering pay transactions, Gabby is responsible for maintaining and updating the employee files including each employees’ pay rates, the numerous benefits and deduction codes, leave usage and balances, and payroll taxes.  She prepares several reports as required by different state and federal agencies.  Gabby continues to be dependable and trustworthy.  She is very conscientious and thorough about her work.  She enjoys learning new things.  She is courteous and polite and always helpful to everybody.  With her positive attitude, exemplary work ethic and professionalism, Gabby is truly one of our most valued employees.

Gabby is married to Ruben.  They moved to Porterville from the LA area in 2002.  They have 2 children, Ruben Jr. who is 18 and Jasmine who is 11.  Gabby enjoys shopping and surfing the internet.  She likes to cook and bake and try new things.  But what she likes most specially, is to travel and visit different places with her family.

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