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

February 2019 Employee of the Month

Anthony Arellano

Parks & Leisure Department

Tony is a Library Supervisor II for the Parks and Leisure Services Department. He is an exemplary City Employee and his strong work ethic is to be commended!

You will often find Tony running around the library, down on the floor, fixing equipment, unclogging drains, configuring storage, repurposing book cases, putting furniture together, fixing leaky faucets, fixing thermostats, and so much more. Tony has saved our budget thousands of dollars during his 15 years of employment by his “I can fix it” attitude and handyman skill set. His duties include but are not limited to installing new computer equipment, imaging and reimaging computers, recycling the computers, implementing software updates and troubleshooting technology and other equipment issues. Tony trains employees on library procedures, use of equipment, databases, and customer service expectations. He has superior conflict resolution, time management, and interpersonal communication skills. Tony works with the at risk youth who need to complete community service hours. He is no doubt a role model, giving the youth practical feedback on their developing work habits. Tony is highly respected among his peers in the San Joaquin Valley Library System and serves as the library representative of the Systems Automation and Electronic Resource committees. He also serves on the Porterville Celebrates Reading Committee.

Tony has most likely provided well over 100+ library tours to our local students. Without a doubt he gives the best tour of the library that is engaging, informative, and most of all very entertaining! You can catch Tony in the puppet window enacting a self-written skit of how to get a library card and how to properly care for library materials. The perks of the job are priceless when it comes to the young smiles and giggles collected in service to your community!

Tony is a top notch supervisor who is extremely patient and prides himself on effective communication and teambuilding. Often you can find him coaching and mentoring others in our respective division, growing our employees potential is extremely important in our service to the community. Staff has come to rely on Tony’s unbiased answers to any issue they bring forward. He is very supportive of the staff members who desire to achieve a healthier lifestyle. You can count on Tony for superior advice when you have questions while on your journey to wellness. He will often bring forward great ideas for staff and family challenges in the area of fitness and wellness. Last fall, Tony brought forward a 30-Day and/or 60-Day Walking Porterville Challenge. This included detailed mapping of our respective city parks and surrounding hills; safety tips, and courses varied in levels from 1-4 depending on the terrain. Tony is also very encouraging of participation in the City’s Fitness Incentive Program.

Tony had been married to his high school sweetheart Tammy for 26 years and together they have raised 3 children, Karsten, Kristina, and Kristy. When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his family playing tennis, ping-pong, pickleball, card games, board games, and video games.    

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