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City of Porterville
Employee of the Month - To Be Determined

2021

2020

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February 2020 Employee of the Month
Rudie Aguilar
Fire Department

Rudie Aguilar was born and raised in Porterville and attended Porterville High. Rudie has been a career Firefighter for 10 years and recently transitioned from Tulare City Fire back home to the Porterville Fire Department.

He enjoys spending time with his wife Danielle and children Addison and Kinslee, as well as building and working on classic cars. He says that he looks forward to being an active member of the Fire department and providing professionalism and quality public service the community deserves.
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January 2020 Employee of the Month
Araceli Cerda
Finance Department

For the month of January, we are pleased to honor Araceli Cerda as the City of Porterville’s employee of the month.  Araceli joined the Finance Team as an Account Clerk I in June of 2013. She is being recognized for her consistent dedication, positive attitude and outstanding work ethic.

Araceli started at the front counter with cash collections helping our customers in processing their utility billing transactions and setting up new utility service accounts.  She displayed excellent customer service, always professional and her energy and enthusiasm for learning was quickly apparent.   In June 2014, Araceli was promoted to an Account Clerk II. She was assigned to the Accounts Receivable division and quickly learned and mastered the Accounts Receivable module and billing process. In this position she was responsible for setting up new accounts, monthly billing, and the collection of several thousand dollars in past-due accounts.

Araceli obtained her California Notary License in June 2016 which has been an asset to the City.  She is a team player and always willing to help out wherever we have a need. During the East Porterville ESA sign up events, Araceli, helped after regular work hours to notarize documents and assist the public with translation services and on occasion translates City documents for other departments.

In April 2018, Araceli was promoted to Utility Billing Supervisor and has shown excellent management skills.  She is effective at responding to customer questions and complaints and resolving issues while maintaining a professional demeanor. With her positive attitude, exemplary work ethic, and trustworthiness, Araceli is truly one of our most valued employees. 

Araceli is married to Manny. They have 2 boys, Alex who is 16, and Nico who is 12, and two daughters, Nelinha who is 5, and Emma who is 7 months.  Araceli is very much involved with her children and you can often find her cheering them on at sporting events and extra-curricular activities. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, reading, and loves spending quality time with her family.

Araceli’s favorite part of working for the City is the teamwork environment and her fellow coworkers. Araceli is one of our more dedicated staff with excellent work habits and has a great attitude. Thank you, Araceli, for your hard work and congratulations for being chosen as the employee of the month for January 2020!

2019

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December 2019 Employee of the Month
Ricardo Bustamante
Engineering & Project Managment Department

Ricardo Bustamante became a Public Works inspector for the City of Porterville on December 3, 2018.  He was previously employed as an underground foreman serving most of California ranging from Los Angeles to San Francisco.  In his 24 years of construction he started as a laborer worked his way up to operator and then ultimately the position of Foreman where he installed sewer mains, water mains and storm drains.  The City is fortunate to be able to utilize his many years of experience in construction. 

Ricardo married his best friend, Laura, in 2001 and together they have 3 children.  His oldest son, Donavon (Don), is 20 years old, daughter Melinah (Nini), is 19 years old and the youngest, Nethaniel (Bubs), is 12 years old. The family lives an active lifestyle, but are always together in their adventures with an understanding that family is important whether it be trips to the coast or on hikes in the Sequoias or Yosemite.  Camping and bonfires are a must! His family is also very active in ministry and they all try to volunteer as much as possible. 

Ricardo plans to continue working hard every day as a Public Work Inspector I and strives to advance to the Public Works Inspector II position. He feels fortunate to work for a great city and with amazing supervisors. 

Ricardo says, “It is an honor to work for the City of Porterville under the engineering department. I look forward to many exciting years as I continue in my career as a City Inspector.  Thank you for the opportunity you have given me.”
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November 2019 Employee of the Month
Michael Cotton
Public Works/Field Services

Michael Cotton began his service with the City of Porterville in, December 1997, as the Laboratory Supervisor for the Public Works Department, Field Services Division.  He was promoted to Field Services Manager in August 2019. Among his job duties were obtaining state certification for City Laboratory set up and maintaining the City’s Industrial Pretreatment Program. He has also updated the City’s Urban Water Management Plan and Sewer System Management Plan. Michael finds it enjoyable to work with and get to know other departments within the City.

Michael has been married to his wife, Janis, for 41 years. He has two children and six grandchildren.  In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and operating computer software for high school swim meets, recreational swim meets, and Central California Swimming teams, which he is currently an Administrative Official. He is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, building homes in the Porterville area.

Through the years, Michael has achieved several awards and certificates. Among them include: A bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award, California Legislature Assembly Award, and an Individual Volunteer Recognition Award on behalf of Tulare County Habitat for Humanity.
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October 2019 Employee of the Month
Kevin Kennedy
Parks & Leisure Services

Kevin Kennedy was first employed by the City of Porterville as a part-time Parks Maintenance Aide for the Parks and Leisure Services Department in April 2012 where he opened and closed facilities and cleaned park restrooms and pavilions.  He was promoted to Parks Maintenance Worker I in June 2013 where he began performing routine maintenance at Veterans Park, Hayes Field and the Zalud House.  Kevin was promoted to his current position as Parks Maintenance Worker II in April 2014. Kevin possesses a Class B License which enables him to use the street sweeper and operate roll off trucks for the department.

Kevin is very friendly and gets along with everyone he meets.  He has developed a great rapport with many of the frequent visitors at Veterans Park.  He is always willing to go above and beyond to help his fellow co-workers when needed.  A great trait of Kevin is that he always shows up to work early.  He never knows what the day might have in store for him but he maintains a great attitude through it all. 

Kevin is a father of five and a grandfather of seven.  His hobbies include watching Nascar and is active in his Church.  Kevin states that his favorite part of working for the City is the camaraderie with his co-workers who are like his extended family.
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September 2019 Employee of the Month
Gary Miller
Police Department

Sergeant Gary Miller joined the Porterville Police Department in June of 1999 and has worked a wide variety of assignments during his 20 year career with the Porterville Police Department.    Those assignments have included; Patrol Officer, K9 Handler, Detective, Field Training Officer, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team member, Range Master/Firearms Instructor, Police Corporal and currently a Police Sergeant.  When asked about his favorite assignments, Sergeant Miller is especially proud and thankful for his opportunity to have served as a Police K9 handler and the Range Master/Firearms Instructor.

Gary was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has been married to his wife Carla for 26 years. Gary and Carla have raised four children while residing in Porterville. Their daughter Morgan is currently employed as a Sales Representative for Sherwin Williams and attends Harvard University.  She is working towards her Master’s Degree in Biology Research.  Their oldest son James served in and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps.  He is now attending the University of Massachusetts, majoring in business. Their younger two children, Andrew and Thomas thrive as students at St. Anne’s School in Porterville.

Upon retirement on September 1, 2019, Gary and his family plan on returning to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where they will be reunited with family and friends. He will then again become an expert in eating Cajun cooking.  Gary says he is thankful for the opportunities that were provided to him and his family by the Porterville Police Department and the City of Porterville. However, it is the past and present employees of the Porterville Police Department, and the employees and residents of the City of Porterville, who should be thankful for the long years of dedicated service Gary has provided to this community.  He will be missed and there is no doubt his departure will have an impact to the department.  Gary has played a strong role in ensuring there will be someone ready to take his place.  Congratulations on your retirement Sergeant Miller!
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August 2019 Employee of the Month
Kirk Lowery
Fire Department

Kirk Lowery was born in Lindsay, California.  He was raised in Porterville where he attended area schools. Soon after graduating high school in 1999, he started his career in the fire service as a PCF firefighter for Tulare County Fire Department. From there he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service as a seasonal firefighter on a hand crew, then for Cal Fire as a seasonal firefighter. While working as a seasonal firefighter, he was also a reserve firefighter with the City of Porterville Fire Department.  He was hired on as a full-time firefighter with the Porterville Fire Department in 2006 and was promoted to Fire Engineer in 2009.

Kirk has been married to his wife Lindsey for 15 years; they have two children, a daughter, Reid, who will be starting high school this fall and a son, Jackson, who will be starting 5th grade. Kirk and his family enjoy spending time outdoors backpacking and bow hunting.

Kirk’s favorite part of the job is being able to impact people’s lives in a positive way; he also enjoys the camaraderie with the crew. He likes having a challenging job where he can learn something new every day.

Thank you, Kirk, for all your dedication and hard work. Congratulations for being chosen as our Employee of the Month for August 2019!
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July 2019 Employee of the Month
Fortino Barrios
Finace Department

Fortino Barrios began his career with the City of Porterville on January 16, 2013. He was initially hired as a part time Meter Reader, but quickly promoted to full time in November of the same year.

Fortino is responsible for a variety of tasks that are to be completed in a timely manner. He reads hundreds of meters on his assigned routes daily, inputting all of the data into his handheld device, which he later downloads for future billing. He also notes and reports meter malfunctions, enforces the City’s water conservation plan and checks for water leaks and evidence of tampering and broken meters. Fortino patiently responds to customer complaints and questions regarding water usage and meter functions. Once a week, when the Finance Department performs their delinquent payment shut offs, he will disconnect and reconnect customer services based on a list provided to him. Fortino spends the majority of his work day outdoors, and actually relishes working in the extreme heat or extreme cold.

Fortino was born and raised in Porterville; a 2003 graduate of Granite Hills High School. One of his favorite aspects of his job is that he is able to be of service to the community that he resides in. He also appreciates that his position allows him to stay in shape for all of his many hobbies. Fortino is an avid hunter and fisherman, who enjoys hiking, backpacking and camping completely off the grid. He also enjoys woodworking, landscaping, renovating his Jeep, painting and cooking for his family, friends and co-workers. Fortino enjoys spending quality time with his spouse, Shande Brown, their two sons, Trey and Gage, ages 7 and 5, and their niece, Kiley, age 12.

Fortino possesses a positive attitude and cheery disposition; always ready and willing to lend a hand to those in need. He prides himself on being the type of employee that co-workers or customers would enjoy working or dealing with. Thank you, Fortino, for your continued service to the City and congratulations for being chosen as our Employee of the Month for July 2019!
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June 2019 Employee of the Month
Christina Tank
Community Development

Christina Tank began working for the City in January 2010 as an Administrative Assistant for the Community Development Department.

Christina moved to Porterville her freshman year of high school where she was a Proud Panther. She also graduated from Porterville College with her Associates Degree in Business. Christina is married to Joe and has three amazing kids: Kelly who is 23; Christopher is 15 and RJ is 6. 

She is an avid fan of New Kids on the Block and considers herself a “Blockhead”, traveling as far as Florida to see her favorite musical group in concert. She also enjoys a good book and baking every dessert imaginable (much to the delight of the department).

In addition to her typical responsibilities of taking care of the Community Development Department, she additionally supports the Project Review Committee process, tracks public hearing notices and oversees the clerical needs of the department. Christina is responsible for the monthly payment schedule and annual insurance requirements for the City’s First Time Home Buyer, Rehabilitation, public utilities and business loans, a total of 265 loans.

Her favorite part of the job is the diversity of her position. Every day brings something different and she loves the multiple responsibilities.
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May 2019 Employee of the Month
Briana Spry
Public Works / Field Services Division

Briana Spry, commonly addressed by family, friends, and co-workers as, “Bri,” began her service with the City of Porterville on September 1, 2015. She was hired as the Mechanic Shop’s Clerical Assistant II for the Public Works Department, Field Services Division.

Her job duties include: creating monthly preventive maintenance schedules for City vehicles, submitting fuel quarterly tax returns, State reporting, and the generation of work orders on serviced units. Bri also tracks and invoices fuel usage through the City’s fleet maintenance program, prepares timesheets for the employees in her department, track all incoming calls for service, and maintains the shop’s files and records.

Bri takes pride in her work and strives to perform her job duties efficiently and timely and is proud of her accomplishments. She enjoys her day to day interactions with her fellow co-workers and feels appreciated.

Bri has been married to Nick Spry for eight years and together they have three children:  Colton, who is seven years old; Sadie, who is five; and Brylee who is two. In her spare time, Bri enjoys baking, going on bike rides with her kids, camping, and spending time with her friends and family.
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April 2019 Employee of the Month
Ryan Smalling
Police Department

Ryan Smalling was born in Lindsay and raised in Porterville, California.  Ryan attended local schools throughout his childhood and graduated from Monache High School in 2008.  During school, he was activein athletics and Future Farmers of America (FFA).  He is the middle son of Tim and Karen Smalling of Porterville and has two siblings, Joshua and Kymber Smalling, also of Porterville.

Ryan started with the Porterville Police Department as an Explorer at the age of 15.  He spent three years in the Explorer program, rising to the rank of Explorer Lieutenant.  Ryan was hired with the City Of Porterville in 2009 as a part-time Animal Control Officer and shortly after became a full-time Animal Control Officer.
Ryan has completed the basic and advanced animal control and animal cruelty investigation courses. He has excelled as an Animal Control Officer and does not hesitate to assist his fellow co-workers with Animal Control related investigations. Ryan is pleasant to work with and often receives praise from his co-workers for his investigative efforts and willingness to help out.

Ryan is married to Jessica Smalling and has four children; Marisela (12 years old), Isaac (8 years old), Brooklynn (7 years old), and Danica (10 months).  During his free time, he enjoys being outdoors especially in the mountains and likes to go fishing.  He enjoys coaching his son’s baseball team and also enjoys target shooting and going on road trips with his family. Ryan enjoys his job and serving his community and is very appreciative for all the opportunities provided to him by the City of Porterville over the past ten years.
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March 2019 Employee of the Month
Clayton Dignam
Fire Department

Clayton began his career with the City of Porterville in April of 2007. In 2008 he became a certified code enforcement officer. He is assigned to the Prevention Division of the Porterville Fire Department and is authorized to perform various necessary code enforcement duties within the city limits of Porterville. In 2018 the Code Enforcement Division was reorganized with the addition of 2 part-time positions and the creation of a Code Enforcement Officer II position that serves in a supervisory capacity for the new positions as well as an administrator over the Public Stuff database and MyPorterville App. In addition to his duties with code enforcement, Clayton is also a member of the Fire Department's Fire Investigation Unit.

Clayton works closely with employees from all city departments as well as with property and business owners; their goal is to first seek voluntary compliance on numerous code violations. Clayton is conscientiously committed to promoting and maintaining a safe and desirable living and working environment. To that end he works to improve the quality of our community. He is has also served as a Hearing Officer for the City of Tulare Code Enforcement and Tulare County administrative hearings.

Previous to his employment with the City, Clayton worked 9 years for a locally owned and operated pest control company. He was a licensed termite inspector and fumigator. He has served as the Worthy President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1351, during which time they donated over $26,000 to our local community. He has served on the Burton Elementary School Site Council and served on the board of the Porterville Neptunites Swim Team including 4 years as President.

Clayton was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio and moved to Porterville at 3 years of age. He has lived in Lindsay and Oceanside, CA. He chose to move back to Porterville to raise his family. Clayton and Roxanne are happily married and have 5 children. They spend their free time watching their children and grandchildren play sports, they go camping and boating, help others and simply enjoy life.
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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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January 2019 Employee of the Month
Marcia Dickey
Finance Department

For the month of January 2019, we are pleased to honor Marcia Dickey as employee of the month for the City of Porterville. Marcia joined the City in December 2005, as an Account Clerk I in the Finance Department, supporting the Utility Billing Division.

Marcia immediately exhibited a willingness to learn and was promoted to Account Clerk II in June 2007. Initially, her duties included utility billing, preparing and auditing shut off lists, processing hundreds of transactions per day, and reconciling errors. She learned to process demand for payment requests, release of liens, balance the cash drawers and prepare bank deposits as backup.

In July 2015, Marcia was promoted to Account Technician. In her new position, Marcia played an integral role in the implementation and administration of a new meter reading and utility billing system and spent numerous hours setting up and training staff to operate the new system. Additionally, she assisted with the East Porterville Water Project. She was backup for the Utility Billing Supervisor and is effective at resolving issues and maintaining a professional demeanor while dealing with the most difficult customer.

In April 2018, Marcia was promoted to Utility Billing Supervisor where she has demonstrated superior managerial skills and a great work ethic.  She manages all functions that keep the Meter Reading Division staff working efficiently. She maintains a close working relationship with the City’s Water Department, and always puts a positive attitude at the forefront and is an essential part of a successful operating and well-organized Utility Billing Department.  Marcia exemplifies teamwork, but she also works well independently. She creates a positive work environment and is always willing to help others and fills in as needed without hesitation. She not only executes her duties efficiently and in a timely manner but also takes initiative to research the best approach to accomplish her tasks. She is extremely organized and highly reliable.

Marcia enjoys spending time with her supportive and loving parents, Patrick and Rhonda, family and friends. During her free time, Marcia’s hobbies include exercising, shopping, traveling and reading a good book with her loyal dog, Sadie, by her side.

Marcia’s favorite part of working with the City is her fellow coworkers, many who have become close friends, and being a part of such a great team. Thank you Marcia, for your continued service to the City and a job well done!

2018

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December 2018 Employee of the Month
Sarah Weaver
Public Works Department

Sarah began her employment with the City of Porterville in December 2004 as a Clerical Assistant II, accepting, processing, monitoring, and issuing building permits. During this time, she also worked out of class as a Clerical Assistant III and promoted to the position in June 2006. She was an integral part of the Building Division with knowledge in permitting for new homes and subdivisions, HVAC’s, Re-Roofs, commercial building construction, electrical construction and processing legal notices to property owners, to name a few. Sarah also gave assistance in the permitting software upgrade, troubleshooting new versions and designing the new forms.

In June 2014, she worked out of class as an Administrative Aide and promoted to that position in November 2014 preparing federal aid project documentation, including authorizations, reimbursement requests, and project close-outs. She is responsible for effecting millions of dollars reimbursed to the city from federal, state, grants, and other sources. She assists in the construction project bid process including notices, reviewing manuals and bid summaries, and also tracks spending and monitors projects for labor compliance (prevailing wage).

Assignments where Sarah was instrumental to their success include the East Porterville water project and the Measure I sales tax.

For the East Porterville water project, she assisted with account sign-ups, answering questions from the public, processing city “tap” cards, and logging meter installations into county web-based software “Sharepoint.” She worked with the County, State and CSET to help resolve problems throughout the project. She also tracked City spending and prepared reimbursement packets.

For the Measure I sales tax, Sarah was tasked with the social media campaign for Measure I in September 2018. She was asked to create social media posts for each weekday leading up to Election Day. The posts varied between voting topics, projects, and services within the City, and Measure I information. Sarah monitored comments from the public to determine if the message needed to be adjusted to answer questions and concerns. The City is very proud to announce the successful campaign with the voting public of the City of Porterville passing Measure I. Sarah’s assistance was “impeccable” according to Police Chief Eric Kroutil.

Sarah is married to Shannon and their daughter, Irelynn, is a freshman at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, majoring in Biological Medicine with a goal of becoming a dentist. Sarah received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Project Management while working full-time for the City.
In addition to fulfilling her duties as an Administrative Analyst for the Public Works Department, Sarah is the team mom for the north side of City Hall as she frequently coordinates food drives, toy donation, potlucks, baby showers, and fundraisers.
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November 2018 Employee of the Month
Marcial Morales
Police Department

Corporal Marcial Morales has worked with the Porterville Police Department for almost 20 years.  Marcial was born in Visalia, California and after graduating from high school he attended College of the Sequoias and then Humbolt State University.

In 1998, Marcial attended the Tulare/Kings County Police Academy. Marcial graduated from the police academy and was hired by the Porterville Police Department as a Police Officer in March of 1999.

During his employment with the Porterville Police Department Marcial has worked a variety of assignments which include: Uniformed Patrol, Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, Gang Unit Detective, Narcotics Unit Detective, and was recently assigned as a Corporal in the Special Investigations Unit.
Marcial has shown skill in identifying criminal problems within the city and then developing a plan to solve the problem.  Marcial is a gang and narcotic expert which has led to many successful felony convictions. In fact, Marcial is known countywide as one of the foremost experts in gangs and has been acknowledged by both District Attorneys and Judges for his expert gang testimony. Marcial has been instrumental in assisting in gang related homicides, narcotic investigations and other types of violent crimes, which have led to convictions. 
 
Marcial continues to demonstrate his capability in supervising many different complex investigations.  Marcial continually seeks out ways to improve his abilities not only as an officer, but as a supervisor. Recently, Marcial spearheaded the “Pink Patch Project” with the police department. The Pink Patch Project took place during the month of October. It is designed to increase awareness and stimulate conversations in our community about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer. During the month of October, many Porterville Police uniformed personnel voluntarily purchased and wore pink Porterville Police shoulder patches to show our dedication and commitment to this collaborative and worthy effort. Through Marcial’s efforts in this program, the police department was able to donate $5,000.00 to the Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center. This is just one example of how Marcial is a true ambassador of the police department to the community.

Marical is married to his wife Amber and they have one wonderful daughter, Isabella Rose Morales.
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October 2018 Employee of the Month
Larry Segovia
Fire Department

Larry Segovia was hired as a reserve firefighter in 2011 and has been employed as a firefighter since March of 2012. Some of his special assignments and job duties are investigations, developing a heat-illness prevention program, and developing a confined space rescue entry program. Prior to his employment with the City of Porterville, Larry was an Emergency Medical Technician 2, and has provided service to Tulare County for many years. He is also a licensed, practicing respiratory therapist. Firefighter Segovia enjoys his work in the fire service and is a detail-oriented person. He completes all tasks assigned to him with a high level of quality.

Larry and his wife Christina enjoy the outdoors and spending time with their five children.
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September 2018 Employee of the Month
Carlos Sanchez
Parks & Leisure

Carlos Sanchez was employed by the City of Porterville as a part-time Maintenance Aide for the Parks and Leisure Services Department in September 2008.  He worked weekends and evenings where his duties included locking, unlocking and grounds maintenance of various facilities.  In May 2009, Carlos was promoted to a full-time position as a Parks Maintenance Worker I assisting with daily maintenance at the golf course.  That lasted until May 2011 when he was promoted to his current position as Parks Maintenance Worker II.  He is responsible for maintaining the Sports Complex, and assists in special projects.

Carlos has a great attitude and always goes above and beyond to help his fellow co-workers when needed.  Carlos is married to Cynthia and they have four children:  Carlos III, Carter, Cecilia and Calvin.  His hobbies include playing flag football, softball, and going camping with his family in the mountains.

Carlos states that his favorite part of working with the City is being outdoors, having a great crew to work with, and serving the community.
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August 2018 Employee of the Month
Adelino Espejo
Public Works Department

Adelino Espejo began his service with the City of Porterville on, July 11, 2011, as a Laboratory Technician for the Public Works Department, Field Services Division.  His job duties include testing and monitoring City and private-owned wells to ensure the quality and safety of drinking water.  He also monitors the proper scientific performance of the wastewater treatment plant operations.

Adelino takes pride and gratification in the knowledge that our lab provides quality drinking water to our community. He is exceptionally qualified for his position with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Fresno State University. He has also had twenty-seven (27) years of experience as a Supervisor and Chemist for Beckman Coulter.

Adelino and his wife, Caroline, celebrated their 30th year of marriage on June 11th. In his spare time, he participates in martial arts. Adelino has been a martial arts student since the age of 5. Thank you Adelino, for all you do for our City!
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July 2018 Employee of the Month
Trisha Whiteley
Finance Department

For the month of July 2018, we are pleased to honor Trisha Whiteley as employee of the month for the City of Porterville.  Trisha joined the Finance Team in July 2013 as an Administrative Aide.

Initially, her duties included Accounts Receivable processing, preparing monthly journal entries and auditing Accounts Payable checks.  She immediately exhibited great enthusiasm in her job and a willingness to learn and to help out when necessary.  She learned the Fixed Asset module next and learned to process accounts payable as a backup.  She performs a monthly reconciliation of the home loans subsidiary ledger to the general ledger and routinely updates the numerous spreadsheets used by the department.

In July 2015, Trisha was assigned as a support staff for the Transit Manager.  She started with the preparation of several transit reports and the billing for transit services.  She is now responsible for preparing the drawdown requests for reimbursements from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  She also works on the annual worksheet that becomes the basis for the Transit Agreement between the City of Porterville and the County of Tulare.  In April of this year, Trisha completed the documentation for the submittal of the very first drawdown request for reimbursement from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), for the 2 new electric buses the City purchased from GreenPower Motor Company and related expenses, in the amount of $1.6 million. 

Also recently, Trisha worked with the FTA auditor during their triennial visit and review of the City’s transit system.  That audit resulted in some findings that had to be corrected quickly, if the City is to continue receiving FTA grants.  It was decided then that Trisha be appointed as DBE liaison officer for the City.  Trisha worked diligently with the Transit Manager, to complete the City’s FTA DBE Program Goals for Fiscal Years 2017, 2018 and 2019.  She also completed and submitted to FTA all the past due “Uniform Report of DBE Commitments/Awards and Payments” for the period April 2015 to March 2018.  She has had to deal with FTA’s Civil Rights Officer for this region who was not very helpful and at times condescending.  After all these submissions, the City finally received approval of the FTA grant.  And just last week, Trisha was able to submit to FTA, a request for funds in the amount of over $2 million for reimbursement of Transit operating expenses for the last year and a half.

Trisha continues to demonstrate exemplary performance.  Her work is thorough and organized, even through the very busy times.  She is able to work independently and she is always willing to step-up when help is needed.

Trisha is a graduate of Porterville High School.  She earned an Associate’s degree from Porterville College and continued her studies at Fresno State graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.  She worked for Cigna Global Health Benefits as a claims processor before starting her career with the City Of Porterville.

Trisha is married to Eric.  They have 2 boys, Nathaniel, 19 and Ethan 18, and a girl, Ashley and a grandbaby, Vincent, who is 2 years old.  Trisha is very much involved with the kids and their extra-curricular activities and their support organizations.  She is currently the treasurer for the Monache football boosters.  Trisha is very creative and loves crafting, including painting and screen printing.  She likes to plan and organize weddings, birthdays and other special events for family and friends.

Thank you Trisha, for a job well done.  We are indeed very fortunate to have you as part of our team.
City of Porterville
June 2018 Employee of the Month
Enrique Lara
Police Department

Enrique Lara has been employed with the City of Porterville Police Department since 2013. During his employment with the department, he has worked as a Patrol Officer and is currently serving as a Narcotics Detective. Prior to working with the police department, Detective Lara served in the United States Air Force from 2006 to 2010 as a Security Forces Officer (Military Police). His hobbies include attending professional football games (Raiders) and professional baseball games (Dodgers). Also when not at work, Detective Lara also enjoys golfing and spending time with his girlfriend and their two dogs "Lucky" and "Chapo."
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May 2018 Employee of the Month
Cale Hosfeldt
Fire Department

Cale was born and raised in Porterville. He is a graduate of Granite Hills High School, Class of 2005. Cale went on to continue his education at C.O.S. where he was enrolled in the electrical apprentice program. When the economy took a dive, he found himself looking for another career. He had family and friends in the fire service and talked to them about the profession. In 2009, Cale enrolled in the Firefighter 1 Academy at Porterville College and later in the E.M.T. program. His fire service career started with the Tulare County Fire Department in 2007 as a paid-call firefighter; after 4 years Cale was hired as a seasonal firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service, where he worked at the Sequoia National Forest out of SCICON for two and a half seasons. He moved on to work for Cal Fire/Tulare out of Fountain Springs as a seasonal firefighter for a year and a half. Between the 2015 and the 2016 fire season Cale was hired as a reserve firefighter for the City of Porterville, eventually getting hired full-time with the city in April of 2017. Outside of work, Cale enjoys going to the desert and the beach to ride his motorcycle. Cale and his wife Megan have been together for 9 years, married for almost 2 years. They have 3 dogs and are expecting their first child in October.
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April 2018 Employee of the Month
Shauna Biagio
Administrative Services Department

Shauna began working for the City of Porterville in January 2010 when she was hired as a Human Resources Assistant in the Administrative Services Department. Shauna currently serves as an HR Administrative Aide and is responsible for all City recruitments, working collaboratively with City departments to ensure a process with well-qualified candidates to fit departmental needs. In addition, she oversees the Employee Service Awards Program, the City’s Wellness Program, Loss Recovery, and serves as the point person for the City’s Passport Acceptance Facility functions. In this capacity, Shauna works closely with the State Department to ensure compliance with federal laws. Given increased local demand, then Administrative Services Department recently expanded its Facility by adding passport photograph services. Shauna eagerly and efficiently undertook this expansion thereby providing another needed service in our community.

Shauna’s approachable demeanor, her can-do attitude and her tenacity is infectious and has not only positively influenced the Administrative Services Department but also City Hall as a whole. Shauna is the quintessential team player, always offering her assistance where needed. She hit the ground running into 2010 and has yet to slow down!

Shauna is proud to serve the City of Porterville and greatly enjoys working with fellow employees and the public. She also enjoys learning about how each position and individual at the City serves to improve the quality of life in our community.

Shauna and her husband, Jason, have a blended family of six children (five girls and one boy) and an adorable grandson, Karter. In her spare time, she enjoy spending time with her family, Pinterest crafts, and renovating her home.
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March 2018 Employee of the Month
Claudia Calderon
Community Development

Claudia Calderon began working for the City in July, 2015 as an Administrative Aide for the Housing Division. In August, 2016, she was promoted to a Development Assistant.

She was raised in Porterville and graduated from Porterville High School. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish from Saint Mary’s College of California, as well as a Master’s of Science in non-profit management. Claudia is happily married to her loving and supportive husband, Rodolfo.

Claudia is responsible for monitoring and reporting for the Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs, which include the First Time Home Buyer Program; the Rehabilitation program, Revolving Loan programs, and many more. She is actively involved with the annual Project Homeless Connect, as well as a board member of the Kings/Tulare Continuum of Care and a member of the Tulare County Homeless Task Force.

Claudia often goes above and beyond the call of duty in her job performance. A great example of this would be when temperatures recently plummeted and were anticipated to be below freezing for several nights, a warming center was established and Claudia was contacted on a Friday evening to assist. She created flyers, reached out to her vast network, coordinated transportation and personally distributed the flyers to people experiencing homelessness.

Her compassion is balanced with a strength and determination to establish firm boundaries when dealing with difficult clients, to navigate the complex bureaucracy of funding agencies, and to manage the various demands of the position she holds.

Claudia’s favorite component of her position is being able to help people achieve the American dream of being a homeowner and seeing the fruits of the housing rehabilitation. She states “It is great to see someone’s quality of life improve with the programs that we have.” Her passion for the community and willingness to go the extra mile to help is seen in her work daily and is why she was selected as the Employee of the Month for March 2018.
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February 2018 Employee of the Month
Aileen Andrews
Parks & Leisure - Library

Aileen Andrews was employed by the City of Porterville as a part-time Library Aide for the Parks and Leisure Services Department in May 2012. However, Aileen was assigned to the library through a youth to work program offered by CSET in December 2011. We were extremely grateful that Aileen's High School developed highly sought after business skills! As a Senior in high school Aileen made it very clear that she was a responsible and motivated worker with superior customer service skills and she adapted quickly to the diverse needs of our library community. Aileen continued to display super star employee qualities and was selected to fill the position of full-time Library Assistant in September 2016.

Aileen is responsible for generating new programs and refreshing established programs as the current Chair of the Porterville Library Planning Committee. Aileen coordinates youth volunteers in the summer, is part of the Story Time team, audits item records in our catalog, markets services and programs with our local providers, generates and maintains a network of local resources for partnership during the library summer reading program, and so much more! Aileen is an invaluable team player who always displays a great attitude, is solution driven and consistently implements the desirable qualities of an exceptional City Employee through deliverables that promote resourcefulness, responsible time management, and compassionate customer service!

Aileen has a very large family and has many hobbies. She recently started working with a youth band at church and is the guitarist and part time drummer.

Drumming is her passion and she has being playing the “sticks” since 4th grade! She loves to read, crochet, eat and seek adventure! Aileen absolutely loves people and loves to be around people, so you can find her hanging out with friends or family on a regular basis. Aileen says she enjoys so many things at the library.

However, her most fond memories involve kids at Story Time saying some of the funniest things. Aileen says one moment that really sticks with her is when she was the Easter Bunny and a child ran up to hug her and they both fell to the floor. The moment was captured by the photographer and the funny thing is it looks like the child is beating her up with a candy bag… those moments are priceless!
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January 2018 Employee of the Month
Christopher Barrientos
Public Works Department

Christopher Barrientos began his service with the City of Porterville in March of 2015 working for the Refuse Department as a Field Services Worker II.  His job duties include operating commercial front loader and residential side loader vehicles; performing both commercial and residential routes; operating the forklift; welding and repairing refuse bin receptacles; performing routine vehicle inspections as well as ensuring vehicle weights are within allowed limits.

The most enjoyable part of Christopher’s job is the ability to showcase his work ethics through his performance. Christopher takes pride in his work. He strives to perform his job duties as safe and as efficient as possible and in a timely manner. His goal is to continually improve on the skills and knowledge he attains as an equipment operator. Christopher hopes to utilize those skills and knowledge in aiding his fellow co-workers and ultimately contributing to the improvement of the City’s Refuse operation.

Christopher is the son of Ruben and Renita Barrientos. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hiking, and gold prospecting.

2017

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December 2017 Employee of the Month
Yuliana Andrade
City Manager's Office

Yuliana was first introduced to the City of Porterville through a CSET Youth Program in 2005. In 2006 she was hired by the City of Porterville as a Library Aide, and promoted to a full-time Library Assistant in 2011. During her 10 years of Library service, Yuliana built strong professional and personal relationships with her Library patrons and her Library family; many of whom still keep in contact with her.

In 2016 Yuliana accepted the position as Executive Assistant to the City Manager in search of professional growth. This position has provided her with an opportunity to further expand her knowledge of City Functions and has given her a better understanding of City business.  Yuliana aims to have a positive impact on those she comes in contact with and believes every citizen of Porterville is our customer and deserves attentive, quality service.

Yuliana graduated from Porterville High School in 2007 and continues to be committed to her professional development. While at the Library Yuliana participated in many workshops, conferences, and trainings to further her knowledge of the library profession. During that time, Yuliana also earned a Library Technology Certificate through Fresno City College. Last year she graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. Most recently, Yuliana graduated from the Leadership Porterville Class of 2017 and obtained a California Notary License.

Yuliana has been married to Francisco for 8 years and together they have a 2-year-old son named Lucas, who is smart, funny, and handsome. When not at work, Yuliana enjoys spending time with her family.
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November 2017 Employee of the Month
Steve Walker
Police Department

Steve Walker started with the Porterville Police Department as a volunteer chaplain in December of 1989.  As a volunteer chaplain Steve would respond to incidents to provide comfort and counseling to crime victims and/or their families.  Steve continues this role today and has also conducted numerous Critical Incident Stress Debriefings for police personnel who responded to these tragic incidents.

In October of 2010 Steve was hired as a full time Community Service Officer to oversee the Police Department's newly created Juvenile Diversion Program.  In this program Steve works with first time juvenile offenders and their families to bring about positive change in the juveniles behavior and attitude to keep them from reoffending.  Since this program’s inception Steve has worked with over 1800 juveniles and has obtained a success rate between 60-70 % where participants do not reoffend. 

In 2012, Steve brought the national program Parents on a Mission to Porterville.  This program helps parents be leaders in their family and helps to give parents the tools needed to help lead their children down the path of success and be positive contributors to society.  Since starting this program Steve has helped approximately 200 families in completing the program.

At the Police Department, Steve is also active as a Crime Prevention Officer where he regularly attends community events and provides information on how to avoid being a victim of various crimes.  Steve also serves as the hearing officer for parking tickets.

Recently, Steve has agreed to serve as a volunteer chaplain for the Fire Department where he will be available for call outs to provide assistance to fire victims and their families, and will also serve as a resource for fire personnel who respond to such tragic events. 

Throughout all this, Steve has also served at the Valley Oak Community Church.  Starting in 1976 as a Youth Pastor, in 1998 he became the Senior Pastor, the position in which he still serves.

Steve is married to his wife Cheryl and they have been married for 39 years.  Together they have a son Ryan Walker who is married to Joslyn.  Ryan and Joslyn have provided Steve and Cheryl with three granddaughters, Gracie 9 years, Katelyn 7 years, and Aubrey 2 years.
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October 2017 Employee of the Month
Reggie Calo
Fire Department

Reggie was born and raised in Porterville Ca. He attended and graduated from Monache High School in 2008. During High School he was involved in wrestling, track and field, cross-country, student body and band. Fun fact: Reggie was 2007 homecoming king. After high school, he attended Porterville College and transferred to Fresno Pacific University in 2013, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Restorative Justice.

Reggie began his career in the fire service when he was 19 for Tulare County Fire Department. In April of 2014, he was hired as a reserve Firefighter for the City of Porterville. A year later, the department offered Reggie a full-time position as firefighter on October 1st 2015. Throughout the past two years, Reggie has taken several rescue classes and Driver Operator 1a and 1b. He is currently the department's Public Information Officer along with two others and is working his way towards the investigation unit.

When not at work, Reggie likes to spend time with family and friends. He loves to snowboard, paint ball, dance, watch the Los Angeles Chargers play and take road trips with his fiancée Vanessa (soon to be wife). Reggie has an older brother named Kelly who lives in Folsom and a younger sister named Katelin who is currently attending Cal Poly.  Both his parents live in town.  His family and fiancée are my huge supporters; He says he wouldn’t be where he is today if it weren’t for them and it’s a blessing to have them in his life.

Reggie would also like to give a shout out to his co-workers. He says all of them are great leaders and role models. Reggie considers them his mentors and would like to thank each one of them for pushing each other to become the best and helping each other out. Good job, guys.
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September 2017 Employee of the Month
Eddie Alba
Parks & Leisure Department

Eddie Alba was employed by the City of Porterville as a Parks Maintenance Worker I for the Parks and Leisure Services Department in January 2008. His duties included custodial at the Corporation Yard where he spent 4 years prior to transferring to the golf course for a year. In March 2013, Eddie was promoted to his current position as a Parks Maintenance Worker II. He is responsible for maintaining the City’s medians and islands, facility maintenance, and assists in special projects.

Eddie has a great attitude and always goes above and beyond to help his fellow co-workers when needed. Eddie is married to Pamela and they’re expecting their first child in November, soon to be son, Lincoln. His hobbies include car shows where he shows his cars, going camping with the family at Pismo Beach, and barbequing.

Eddie states that his favorite part of working with the City is having a great boss and crew to work with, and serving the community. Thank you for all your hard work Eddie!
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August 2017 Employee of the Month
Griselda Hurtado
Finance Department

For the month of August 2017, we are pleased to honor Griselda Hurtado as employee of the month for the City of Porterville.  Griselda joined the Finance Team in September 2013 as an Account Clerk I.

Griselda has a great attitude; she reports to work with a smile on her face and ready to work.  She immediately demonstrated outstanding performance in her new position. Her work is accurate and organized. On busy days, she averages over 600 transactions per day.  Griselda is able to maintain a courteous demeanor, even in adverse situations.  She is able to express a calm and polite attitude while dealing with the most difficult customer, while always adhering to policies.  She is a silent and efficient employee, which keeps the front counter calm.  She is a well-poised front line employee who has to hear many, many complaints each day and yet somehow, she remains composed, respectful and attentive to everyone.

In March, 2016, Griselda was promoted to an Account Clerk II position.  In her new position, she is the back-up person for Utility Billing.  She also has the responsibility of auditing new service accounts.  She is very conscientious and thorough with her work.  Griselda is a team player and will help out when needed.  She is well respected by anyone who has the pleasure of working with her.

Griselda obtained a California Notary license in June of 2016 which helps us out tremendously!  During the East Porterville ESA sign up events, Griselda helped out after regular work hours and some weekends to notarize documents for the public.  Being bilingual was a great asset during these events. 

Griselda graduated from Monache High School in 2007.  She then graduated from California State University Stanislaus in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  She worked for Tulare County before starting her career with the City Of Porterville.

Although Griselda is a very quiet person, she is also very adventurous.  She loves to skydive, hike and travel.  This last year she traveled to Chicago to visit family, vacationed in Las Vegas and Hawaii, and recently just returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic.  She is up every morning to attend “Boot Camp” to workout at 6:00am.  She has successfully participated in the City Fitness Program since she started working here. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and “Daisy”, her German Shepherd.  She is a first time homeowner and is always finding projects around the house to do.  When asked what she likes most about her job, she quickly answered “my co-workers”.

Griselda, thank you for everything that you do for us.  You represent the City of Porterville in such a positive manner!  We are very fortunate to have you working with us!
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July 2017 Employee of the Month
Jonny Pruitt
Public Works Department

Jonny Pruitt began his service with the City of Porterville in November of 2014 working for the Water Department as a Field Service Water Utility Worker. He was promoted to Water Utility Worker II in December of 2015. Jonny has attained several certificates and licenses over the past years. He currently has a Class B Commercial License, a Water Distribution Operator Grade 2 certificate, is a backflow certified tester, has passed the water distribution operator grade 3 exam, and is in the process of attaining his certificate.

His job duties include addressing the public with water related issues such as repair of water main breaks and service leaks and installing water services, meters and backflows. According to Jonny, the most enjoyable part of his job is interacting with the community and serving the City of Porterville.

Jonny has been married to Ericka for almost 18 years and has 3 sons, Sergio, Jonathan, and Julian, as well as 2 boxers, Sergeant and Brandy. In his spare time Jonny enjoys family barbecues at his grandparents’ house as well as fishing and hunting with his dad and his sons. He is also a member of the local historical society E Clampus Vitus and he loves going to Dodger Stadium and rooting for his team!
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June 2017 Employee of the Month
Larry Benton
Finance Department

Department Directors for the City Of Porterville have chosen to honor LARRY BENTON as the City of Porterville’s Employee of the Month for June, 2017.  Larry was hired January 1, 2008 as a Meter Reader.  Larry immediately demonstrated outstanding performance in his new position.  Larry has a great attitude.  He is able to maintain a courteous demeanor, even in adverse situations.  He is able to express a calm and polite attitude while dealing with the most difficult customer.  Larry demonstrates exceptional safety techniques, always communicating any potential problem. 
 
Larry is conscientious of his surroundings while out reading meters.  He is always ready to help with any type of public assistance that he can offer.  We do not often receive complimentary recognition for our employees, but recently we received a letter from a member of the public regarding Larry.  A few months ago, in the course of his daily meter reading, Larry witnessed a traffic accident.  Larry immediately stopped to help.  He notified the Police Department, directed traffic and let the citizen use his personal cell phone.  This citizen wrote a letter expressing his gratefulness for Larry’s assistance during the incident.  His letter ended with “Not everyone would do that, and we hope that there are many more people just like you.  This world could use more”. 

 Larry represents the City well with his attitude, his courtesy and his caring personality.

Larry has been married to Annette for 14 years.  They have 2 adorable girls, Sasha & Lexi, which are actually his very spoiled Bichon Frise dogs.  He loves all animals and has rescued numerous dogs and cats during his career.  Larry enjoys vacationing in Hawaii every year.  He hopes to move to Hawaii in the future and enjoy his retirement.   Larry also enjoys playing golf, working around the house and spending time with his family.

Thank you Larry for always going above and beyond while serving the public.
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May 2017 Employee of the Month
Robin Rapp
Police Department

Robin Rapp has been employed with the City of Porterville as a Communications Dispatcher for over 16 years.  Prior to coming to the Porterville Police Department, Robin was employed with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department as an emergency dispatcher.

Both at the Sheriff’s Department and when she began her career with the Porterville Police Department, Robin’s duties consisted of answering business and emergency lines, taking calls for service and dispatching the appropriate police of fire units to emergency situations.

In April 2015, Robin was promoted to Senior Communications Dispatcher.  As the Senior Communications Dispatcher, Robin oversees the Communications Center daily operations as the direct supervisor, which includes scheduling, training, audits and state/Department of Justice compliance reviews.  Her high work ethic is noticed by everyone and has a positive effect on those working around her.

Robin graduated from Porterville High School and recently graduated from Union University and Institute with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. She is currently in a Master’s Degree Program at Central Coast University.  Robin has two dogs named “Betty” and “Barney”.
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April 2017 Employee of the Month
Oscar Zepeda
Community Development Department

Oscar Zepeda began working for the City March 1, 2016, as a Planning Technician. He is a Porterville native, and graduated from Granite Hills High School, then received his Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration from San Joaquin Valley College. Oscar is happily married to his beautiful wife Téma, and is proud of his son, René (8).

In addition to the day-to-day planning activities such as building permit review, zoning questions and code enforcement, Oscar has focused much of the last year on the East Porterville Water Supply project.

From the initial involvement of the City in the East Porterville Water Supply Project, Oscar’s efforts have been immensely important. His first assignment included a detailed field survey, where each parcel was described, given a unique identifier, and the existing uses were recorded and photographed. This information became the basis of the master database that has been used throughout the process by State and local agencies to manage information for each property and water connection. Perhaps even more importantly, the data Oscar collected provided the best available information to generate water demand, which was key to the City’s ability to provide an accurate estimate for needed capacity, and negotiate the State’s development of multiple wells to provide water for the new connections.

Subsequent to the development of the master database, Oscar assisted in the outreach effort and the signing of over 700 extraterritorial service agreements.
These agreements allow the City to extend services beyond our jurisdictional boundary. His involvement in meeting with multiple property owners and explaining the terms of the contract in ways that the general public could understand was not just an assignment, but also a personal mission to assist the community as a whole. Oscar’s investment in this enormous, legacy building effort, is the key reason why he was selected as April 2017’s Employee of the Month.
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March 2017 Employee of the Month
Alex Rodriguez
Fire Department

Alex Rodriguez grew up in Orange County and graduated from Fullerton High School in 1996. In 2000 he took some fire science classes at Santa  Ana College which was the beginning of his interest in the fire service. He and his wife Jessica were married in 2004 and moved to Porterville that same year when his wife was hired as a teacher in Lindsay.

Alex started working for the City of Porterville in 2005 in the Refuse Department and in 2013 he graduated from the Fire Academy. In May of 2014 was hired by the Porterville Fire Department as a full-time firefighter. He has recently tested for the current recruitment of a fire engineer position with the department, and is looking forward to advancing to the next stage of his career.

In his free time Alex enjoys going to church with his family, taking his kids to the many extra-curricular activities that they are involved in and working on house projects.  He and his wife have three young children: Mikayla, Danny and Melissa.

Join me in congratulating the City of Porterville Employee of the Month for March 2017, Alex Rodriguez.
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February 2017 Employee of the Month
Ramon Velasco
 Parks & Leisure Department

Ramon Velasco was employed by the City of Porterville as a part-time Parks Maintenance Worker Aide for the Parks and Leisure   Services Department in May 2003.  He became a full-time Parks Maintenance Worker I in August 2005. Ramon was promoted to Parks Maintenance Worker II in March of 2007 and again in March 2014 to his current position of Parks Maintenance Worker III.

Ramon’s primary duty is overseeing the landscape maintenance districts and working with the contractors.  He also is in charge of the day-to-day projects for the division.  Ramon always displays a great attitude, possesses a strong work ethic, and is a true team player when it comes to helping his      co-workers.

Ramon is married to Maria and has a son, Jose and a daughter, Destiny.  His hobbies include horseback riding, Mexican rodeo, watching sports, and coaching his kids’ sports teams.  Ramon states that his favorite part of the job  is being outdoors and that he is happy to be   a part of the Parks and Leisure Services Department.

Recently Ramon performed an exemplary deed.  On January 18 at 8:30 a.m., Ramon was driving down Morton when he witnessed a truck crash into an electrical panel on the corner of Morton and Indiana.  Ramon immediately stopped and assisted the driver in getting the vehicle to a safer stop.  It was at this time that Ramon noticed the driver all of a sudden being non-responsive and called 9-1-1.  In the short time it took for the paramedics to arrive, the driver passed away due to medical complications. Last week the family of the deceased individual was very appreciative of Ramon’s efforts and we are very proud of him as well.
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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.

2016

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December 2016 Employee of the Month
Phil Henry
 Public Works Department

Philip Henry has been employed with the City  Of Porterville Public Works Department since May 2014. Philip is the Chief Building Inspector for the Building Division. He is responsible for managing building, permit issuance and building inspections within the City’s jurisdiction.

Philip currently serves as Board member/Treasurer for the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the International Code Council. He also is an adjunct professor at College of the Sequoias where he teaches building code classes.

Philip has been happily married to Irene for twenty-three years, and has three children, Mikey, 14; Morgan, 5; and Madeline who will be three on Christmas Day.
Philip enjoys spending time with his family and working on his 1953 GMC Pick-up. He enjoys serving the citizens of Porterville with a dedicated staff and being a part of this great community.

It is with great pleasure that we announce Philip has passed his final exam for CASp certification. This is a difficult feat. On average, only 20% of those individuals taking the 2-part test, pass.

We are lucky to have Philip on our team.
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November 2016 Employee of the Month
Vince Madrigal
 Parks & Leisure Department

Vince Madrigal was employed by the City of Porterville as a part-time Parks Maintenance Worker Aide for the Parks and Leisure Services Department in June 2012.  Vince worked his way up to become a full-time Parks Maintenance Worker I on October 2015.

Vince is responsible for the maintenance of many City buildings including the Heritage Center, Library, Corporation Yard and City Hall to name a few.  Vince always displays a great attitude and is a true team player when it comes to helping his co-workers.  It is his attitude work ethic that will enable him to continue to climb up the Parks Division ladder in the years to come.

Vince has been married to Mireya for 12 years and has two children, Alex age 20 and Valerie age 11.  His hobbies include camping and riding quads with his family and friends.

Vince states that what he enjoys most about his job is serving the community and working with great co-workers.
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October 2016 Employee of the Month
Clyde Loflin
 Public Works Department

Clyde Loflin began his service with the City of Porterville in May of 2007 working for the Water Department in the Field Services division as a Field Service Worker I. He was promoted to Water Utility Worker I in November of 2009. Clyde has attained several certificates and licenses over the past years. He currently has a Class B Commercial License, a D1 Water License, Water Safety Certificates, and is in the process of attaining his D2 Water License.

His job duties include addressing the public with water related issues, connecting new homes to the City water system, as well as repairing leaks in the City’s water distribution system. According to Clyde, the most enjoyable part of his job is establishing relationships with the public and his fellow co-workers.

Clyde has been married to Nicole Loflin for 16 years and has 2 kids, Cloey and Cole, ages 14 and 11. He is very supportive of his kids and enjoys watching his daughter play volleyball and his son play football. Clyde is an NRA member and in his spare time, enjoys hunting, fishing, and barbequing.
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August 2016 Employee of the Month
Erik Martinez
 Police Department

Officer-In-Charge Erik Martinez has worked with the Porterville Police Department for almost ten years.  Erik was born in Tulare, California and after graduating from high school he joined the United States Army.  While in the Army, he was a distinguished honor graduate of the Air Assault School and later served at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Camp Sears, Korea.

In 2005, Erik attended the Tulare/Kings County Police Academy. Erik graduated from the police academy and was hired by Tulare Police Department as a Community Service Officer.  After working for about twelve months at Tulare Police Department, Erik was hired with the Porterville Police Department as a Police Officer.

During his employment with the Porterville Police Department Erik has worked a variety of assignments which include: Uniformed Patrol, Field Training Officer Unit, Traffic Unit, Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Neighborhood Crime Suppression Unit, Narcotics Unit, General Investigations Unit, and was recently assigned as an Officer-In-Charge for the Patrol Division.

Erik has shown skill in identifying criminal problems within the city and then developing a plan to solve the problem.  Erik is a gang and narcotic expert which has led to many successful felony convictions. Erik has been instrumental in assisting in gang related homicides, narcotic investigations and other types of violent crimes, which have led to convictions.

Erik continues to demonstrate his capability in supervising many different complex investigations and is also an assistant supervisor to the department’s Major Accident Investigations Team.  Erik continually seeks out ways to improve his abilities not only as an officer, but as a supervisor.   Not very many people know this, but Erik is also fluent in Sign language, which has been instrumental in the investigation and prosecution of several criminal cases.

Erik has two wonderful children, Erika Jaiden Martinez, age 9; Erik Martinez Jr. age 5; both of whom reside with him in the City of Tulare.
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July 2016 Employee of the Month
Sarah Cardoza
Administrative Services Department

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have chosen Sarah Cardoza as the Employee of the Month for July 2016.  Sarah works as an Administrative Analyst in the Human Resources Division of Administrative Services.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services/Business Management, and holds the designation of Certified Labor Relations Professional by the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association.

As an HR Administrative Analyst, Sarah is responsible for the daily administration of employee health and retirement benefits.  This includes assisting in the evaluation of contracts, renewals, and plan revisions; coordinating dissemination of plan information; overseeing claims administration; and keeping apprised of changes in applicable state and federal law, in particular the Affordable Care Act.  Sarah also assists in the collective bargaining process with four of the six employee associations, and is the go-to person for compiling and analyzing data.    If that wasn’t enough to keep Sarah busy, she also assists with managing employee leave, developing and conducting supervisor training sessions, and conducting administrative investigations.  Sarah is a consummate professional who is passionate about her job.  Time and time again she tackles the most challenging assignments and executes them with proficiency and professionalism.  She is a tremendous asset to her Department, not to mention the City.

Sarah and her husband Darin have two beautiful daughters, nine-year-old Sophia, and five-year-old Makayla.  When she is not serving the City of Porterville, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, hosting summer BBQs, and vacuuming her house with her coveted Rainbow vacuum to keep it spotless.  Yes, vacuuming!   When asked to describe her favorite aspect of her job, Sarah says that she loves that her job requires her to be a lifelong learner, as she is required to stay on top of ever-changing labor laws.  She is also appreciative of the City, and the relationships she has established with her co-workers.

The City of Porterville is fortunate to have an employee like Sarah.  Please join me in congratulating the July 2016 Employee of the Month, Sarah Cardoza!
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June 2016 Employee of the Month
Debbie Salter
City Manager's Office

Debbie has been selected by the directors of the City of Porterville as the June 2016 Employee of the Month. Debbie was pleased to begin working for the City in 1999 and has been happy and proud to be a member of the City of Porterville team. She began her career with the City of Porterville working in the Finance Department as the assistant to the Purchasing Agent. In 2000, she transferred to the Police Department, assigned to the Patrol Division. Debbie had a first-hand view of the challenging lives of police officers and admires and strongly appreciates the work they do for our community.

Debbie accepted the position of Secretary to the City Manager in September 2007. This position provided her with an opportunity to further expand her knowledge of complex City and municipal government functions and work more closely with the public.

Debbie is now on the threshold of beginning a new adventure – retirement. She hopes to have time to connect to her “artistic side.”  And she will, no doubt, volunteer at an animal shelter or a rescue because everyone who interacts with her knows she is passionate about improving the lives of animals. She also looks forward to spending more time on long walks with her own furry girls.

Her goal is to also spend more quality time with her “ohana” – her family. Debbie is married to Steve, has a son, Larry (and daughter-in-law, Annette) and a daughter, Missy (and son-in-law, Joe).
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May 2016 Employee of the Month
Jason Biagio
Community Development Department

Jason Biagio began his employment with the City of Porterville in October 2008 as an Assistant Engineer in the Public Works Department. He served in that role until February 2013 when he was promoted to an Administrative Analyst II, leading the Geographic Information System Division for the Community Development Department.

Jason’s current job duties involve design, implementation, and management of City of Porterville’s GIS, analyzing and generating spatial data for every department of the City. By way of specific examples, Jason maintains the City’s Dispatch (Emergency 911) system’s geographical data; assists the Transit Division with GIS data, graphic design, and schematic design of new facilities; assists the Economic Development Division with his graphic design skills, developing marketing materials. He also generates maps for City Council agenda items and exhibits for public education. Jason developed the new webpages for the Transit Division and the Economic Development Division’s “ChoosePorterville” website. Jason is the go-to person for all spatial data queries, and is a valued asset in the Community Development Department.

Jason also serves as an advisory board member for Porterville Unified School District’s Environmental Sciences Academy at Monache High School.

He is very proud of his Italian heritage, and the Department enjoys occasions when he will prepare and share delicious homemade treats such as pesto and lasagna. He received a full-ride scholarship to play soccer at Pacific Union College. Today he shares his skills and love for that sport by giving back to the community, coaching youth soccer.

In his spare time, Jason and his lovely wife, Shauna, are enjoying the overwhelming challenges of renovating their “new” 110 year old home and keeping up with their beautifully blended family.
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April 2016 Employee of the Month
Mark Graves
Fire Department

Mark Graves grew up and went to school in the San Bernardino town of Running Springs where he met his future wife, Michelle.  In 2006, Mark and Michelle moved to Springville, and in 2010 he became a paid-call firefighter with Tulare County.  Mark enjoyed serving the community as a firefighter and began pursuing a career by taking several fire training courses at Porterville College. While at PC, Mark became acquainted with the Porterville Fire Department and quickly became a Reserve Firefighter. In 2012, Mark accepted a full-time position with the department.

From that point forward, Mark has pursued training and education at an unprecedented pace, and has established himself as a positive role model for others to follow. He has completed the EMT Academy, the Wildland Academy, the Firefighter 1 Academy, and both Driver Operator 1A and 1B.  He went on to participate in the department’s recent Engineer promotional process which is considered one of the most challenging tests the department offers. Having just over two years of experience, Mark passed on his first attempt and now serves as an interim Engineer on B-Shift, working from the new Public Safety Facility.

Not to rest on previous accomplishments, Mark has already begun taking the ten courses required by State Fire Training to be certified as a Fire Officer, and expects to graduate in the next two months. Mark is credited with playing a major role in construction of the department training facility. Using his prior experience in the construction trades, he helped prepare the training tower foundations and lift several 8,000 lb. sections into place more than 30’ above the ground.  He continually demonstrated humility in his skills, saying “I was just doing my job.”  Engineer Graves has a great work ethic, and is ready to tackle any challenge with an enthusiastic attitude.

Mark and Michelle have three children, Matthew, Megan and Mallory, and in their spare time enjoy camping, 4-wheeling, backpacking, and trips to the coast. 
Join me in congratulating our Employee of the Month, Engineer Mark Graves!
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March 2016 Employee of the Month
Christina Carrillo
Parks & Leisure Services

Christina Carrillo was employed by the City of Porterville Parks and Leisure Services Department January 2005, as a Recreation Leader I for the Recreation Afterschool Program.  She was promoted to Assistant Site Director in August 2005 and then Site Director in October 2005.  In September of 2007, she was promoted to her current position of Clerical Assistant II. 

Christina works out of the Heritage Center and her co-workers call her the backbone of the office.  Christina’s major undertaking of late has been transitioning Leisure Services from its old recreation management software to its new one.  From the public’s eye it was a seamless transition but there were many, many hours spent on the back end implementation side.  Some of her other duties include facility reservation, program registration, doing the daily deposit, and sports leagues and special event coordination.

She is always willing to help her co-workers and usually has things done prior to being asked.  Another great quality of Christina is that she is able to keep her composure while working in what can be at times a frenetic environment.

Christina is married to Eric and has a daughter, Mikayla (18), and a son Anthony (12).  Her hobbies include reading and spending time with her family.  She also has quite the M&Ms souvenir collection.  When asked what she likes most about her job, Christina states, “Working with my very fun co-workers.”  She added that she likes feeling involved and feeling like she is a part of something.
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February 2016 Employee of the Month
Gordon Trott
Public Works Department

The Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Gordon Trott of Public Works as the February 2016 Employee of the Month for the City of Porterville.

Gordon began his employment with the City of Porterville on September 29, 2008, as a Field Services Worker I with Public Works. Gordon has worked his way up through the ranks. Gordon started with the Department as a Field Services Worker I, promoted later to a Water Utility Worker I, and now serves as a Water Utility Worker II. Gordon is responsible for the maintenance of the City’s Water Distribution System.  Gordon’s initiative to further his education and attain Distribution Certifications, Backflow Certifications, and strong, professional work ethic are just some of the reasons Department Directors selected Gordon Trott as Employee of the Month for February. Gordon is a great asset to the Field Services Water Utility Division.

Gordon finds the most enjoyable part of his job is serving the community and working with great people within the City day-to-day.

Gordon’s family consists of his wonderful girlfriend, Frances, and his five children - Melony, Tommie, Ashley, Jessie, and Taylor.

In Gordon’s free time, he enjoys the outdoors with his family, along with hunting and fishing. 
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January 2016 Employee of the Month
Augie Gonzales
Animal Control
Porterville Police Department

Congratulations to Augie Gonzalez, the City of Porterville’s Employee of the Month for January 2016.

Augie Gonzalez is the City of Porterville’s Animal Control Supervisor and contributes countless hours to this assignment.  Through his leadership, the challenges that our Animal Control Facility presents are met head on and remains at a high operating level, ensuring the best possible outcomes for Porterville’s pet population.  His diligence and his community contacts allow for the shelter to receive donations that enhance the care and comfort of the animals at the facility. 
Although Augie could easily receive recognition as the City of Porterville’s Employee of the month for his efforts as the Animal Control Supervisor, Augie was selected based on all of his volunteer work that he performs on a regular basis.

Augie Gonzalez is very active in our community and has been so for many years.  Outside of his duties as the Animal Control Supervisor, Augie also participates in the Porterville Police Explorer Youth Program.  He regularly goes on extended trips with the program where he serves in an advisory capacity and is also in charge of all meal preparations.  The activities involved in meal preparations include menu planning, food preparation, and the actual serving of meals for upwards of several hundred people.  Augie organizes his own volunteers to assist with these duties as well.  Despite the long hours worked during these events, which involves being the first one up in the morning and the last one to finish at night, Augie is always in a pleasant mood and remains eager to provide assistance in any way needed.

Recently, the City of Porterville and Porterville Chamber of Commerce held their Santa in the Park event.  Augie was an instrumental part in helping to organize and operate the event.  Through his hard work and diligent efforts he was able to obtain donations from numerous supporters throughout the community which resulted in providing gifts to scores of children.  This event was well organized and well attended in no small part due to Augie’s dedication and commitment to the community.

As if Augie did not have enough to do, Augie also recently prepared a nice dinner for all the law enforcement personnel assigned to this year’s Christmas parade, and was instrumental in helping to prepare the turkey for the City of Porterville’s Christmas luncheon.

The above activities are just a representation of Augie’s involvement in the community.  We don’t have enough time to list them all.

2015

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December 2015 Employee of the Month
Rafael Baez
Public Works Department

Rafael Baez began his service with the City in November of 2006 with the Field Services Shop as a Mechanic II. His duties include performing maintenance and repairs on City vehicles and equipment, and serving as lead mechanic in the absence of the Shop Superintendent. Rafael is appreciated for his ability to recognize and address potential problems before they become costly breakdowns, his willingness to help wherever needed, and his inspirational work ethics. Rafael recently received his Traffic Signal I Certification and assists the City Electrician as time permits.

When asked about the most enjoyable part of his job, Rafael says he likes the challenge of figuring out what is wrong with equipment and making effective repairs. He also appreciates working with great coworkers at the Shop and all other Departments. One of his personal goals it to keep up with the rapidly changing technology in the automotive field.

Rafael has been married to Maria for 17 years. He has two children, Gabriel and Alondra.

Thank you, Rafael, for your continuing service to the City of Porterville.
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November 2015 Employee of the Month
Julie Phillips
Community Development Department
Planning Division

Julie LaPere, otherwise known around City hall as Julie Phillips and within the Community Development Department as the “brains” of the operation, began working for the City in September of 2005 as a Senior Planner, but had worked with the City for the previous two years as the on-call environmental consultant. In 2006, Julie returned to consulting, but maintained her relationship with Porterville. She returned to the City in 2012 as the Community Development Manager.
Julie enjoys researching and keeping abreast of State and Federal regulations and finding effective ways to implement those in our community. She particularly appreciates coordinating with the various departments on projects like the Medical Cannabis Ordinance, Animal Control Ordinance, and all of the various water-related policies and ordinances, such as the Extraterritorial Service Agreement Policy and tonight’s Water Conservation Ordinance. In this past year, Julie has been responsible for several environmental documents, updating the Housing Element, implementing the Receivership Program, revising the Sign Ordinance and multiple annexations.

Julie met her true love while working for the City and is happily married to David LaPere. They are raising David’s two daughters, Megan, 18, and Madison, 14, as well as their three K-9 kids: Gracie, Marcie Who-paw and Maggie-Mae. In Julie’s spare time she enjoys working on home improvement projects, crocheting, and baking (although she rarely brings her treats for staff to enjoy). (-:
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October 2015 Employee of the Month
Luisa Zavala
Administrative Services

Luisa Zavala has been selected as the City of Porterville Employee of the Month for October 2015.  Luisa began her career with the City in February 2008, and currently holds the position of Deputy City Clerk in the Administrative Services Department.

Luisa has proven to be a tremendous asset in the Department, and takes great care in the performance of her many duties, which include preparing agendas and minutes, processing City legislation, drafting proclamations, and assisting with municipal elections.  She serves as a compliance officer with Fair Political Practices Commission’s filings, and coordinator on all California Public Records Act requests.  Luisa is also the department’s resident passport expert; the go-to person for City-wide research projects, and oversees all updates to the department’s webpage.  Luisa’s excellent writing skills, her adeptness at multi-tasking, and her attention to detail make her a tremendous asset to the City.  Her quick wit and clever personality is a bonus. 

When asked about her most enjoyable aspects of her job, Luisa replied, “While many outside of city government may not know what a city clerk does, it is one of the oldest positions in city government.  I think that is pretty cool.”  She also enjoys the camaraderie she has with co-workers; and the opportunity to work with the public, City Council Members, and community leaders.  She says that being Deputy City Clerk provides her with a broader knowledge of municipal government and her community which she can utilize when helping the public. 

When she is not serving the City of Porterville, Luisa enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, her “little Schatzi,” one-year-old Alexander, family, friends, and their three dogs.  She enjoys crafting, and is an avid reader.
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September 2015 Employee of the Month
Arthur Demarath
Parks & Leisure Services

Arthur was employed by the City of Porterville as a Leisure Services Coordinator in March 2014.  Some of his duties include overseeing the Youth Center, administering fall soccer, arena soccer and youth baseball, handling program registrations and facility reservations, and assisting with many of the Parks and Leisure Services special events throughout the year.

Two of Arthur’s highest attributes are his integrity and exceptional work ethic.  He is a driven individual who sets goals and goes after them.  His latest accomplishment was increasing the youth fall soccer program to an all-time high, with 476 boys and girls ages 4-13 participating, along with 110 volunteer coaches.

When he’s not recruiting Council Members to umpire a youth baseball game, or lining a soccer field, Arthur may be seen working with the Team M youth wrestling program or coaching the varsity wrestling team at Monache High School where he has been the head coach since 2008 and in the program since 1998.

Arthur is married to his wife, Eileen, and has two children: Arthur III age 19, and Zachary age 16.  His family volunteers at many special events and are always a huge help.  Aside from coaching, Arthur enjoys reading James Patterson novels, watching all forms of sports, and tending to his 40-year-old bonsai tree “Bud.”

Arthur states working with his co-workers, and with the community, helping kids get involved with sports, are two of his favorite aspects of his job. 
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August 2015 Employee of the Month
Nick Sauceda
Fire Department

Firefighter Sauceda began his career with the Porterville Fire Department in March 2013 as a Reserve Firefighter. After completing the Firefighter 1 Academy, he received a promotion to probationary Firefighter in January of 2015, and was assigned to A-Shift with Captain Randall Cline and Lieutenant Mike McGill. Nick became a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician in June of this year.

While on A-Shift, Nick has earned a reputation for having a great work ethic and for being the first volunteer for every assignment. 

Since joining the Fire Department, Nick has demonstrated his commitment to public safety and community service by responding to an unusually high number of emergency incidents.  During the month of June, Nick responded to 75 emergency incidents, double the average of all other firefighters and nearly 18% of the department monthly total.

Nick is from Porterville and attended local schools, graduating from Porterville High School. He and his wife Tiffany, are expecting their first child in February. While not responding to emergency calls, Nick and Tiffany enjoy spending time in the mountains, camping and hiking.

Prior to his career with the City of Porterville, Nick was a five-year member of the United States Air Force, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant while stationed in Alaska and serving in the Middle East.
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July 2015 Employee of the Month
Erika Benevidez
Police Department

Erika Benevidez was nominated and selected by the Directors as the City of Porterville’s employee of the month for July because of her dedication to her job and exemplary work ethic.

Erika was born and raised in Porterville all of her life.  Erika has three sisters and is the oldest daughter of Manuel and Francis Benevidez.  Erika attended local schools, graduating from Porterville High School in 2001.  In 2010 Erika put herself through an eight-month training program offered by Proteus.  Upon completing her training, she was hired by the City of Porterville on October 1, 2010, and opted to work at the Porterville Animal Shelter because of the love and passion she has for animals.  Erika was ultimately hired as a Community Service Officer by the Porterville Police Department where she remains assigned to the Animal Shelter.  Erika has proven herself to be an extremely valuable member of the Animal Control Unit and has been instrumental in the adoption and implementation of new computer software programs which significantly aid in the management of the facility.  While Erika’s duties include working in the field, she is considered by all to be the go-to person whenever it comes to matters of running the office.  In addition to being extremely knowledgeable as to the workings of the Animal Control Unit, she has also shown herself to be very friendly, adaptable, and is always willing to help others, whether it is her co-workers or members of the community.    When talking with Erika she will readily tell you that she absolutely loves coming to work at the shelter and working with the animals.

Erika’s immediate family includes her “better half” (her words) Davin Jiron, and her 11 year old daughter, Mercedes.
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May 2015 Employee of the Month
Manual Acevedo
Finance - IT Department

For the month of May 2015, we would like to honor Manuel Azevedo as the City of Porterville’s Employee of the Month. Manuel was hired on October 20, 2013 as an IT Analyst.  Manuel grew up in Tulare County and he attended Tulare Union High school.  He received his Bachelors of Science degree from Devry University in technical management in 2006.

Manuel spent some time in the Bay Area working in software sales and medical device manufacturing and support. He returned to the Central Valley and specifically Porterville to raise his family.

The function of an IT analyst here at the City varies in technical and analytical duties in support of the enterprise, client and server, desktop PC's, software and mobile terminals. Manuel has continually demonstrated the ability to successfully support all aspects of technology we have. Manuel also brought his customer support skills as he interacts with our internal users with enthusiasm, knowledge, and respect.  When Manuel is assigned a project, he takes ownership and follows through with determination and ardency.

In addition to Manuel, he has three other family members who are part of the City of Porterville team: His cousin, Sgt. Mark Azevedo, cousin-in-law, Kim Azevedo, who is a dispatcher, and his wife, Diana who is a Police Records Clerk.

Manuel has been married to Diana for 17 years. They have two boys: Aaron who is 13 and Jacob who is 10. In addition to raising a family and being a good husband, Manuel is heavily involved with his son’s Little League team and he is their number one supporter.
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April 2015 Employee of the Month
Tim Mulvihill
Public Works Department

The Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Tim Mulvihill of Public Works as the April 2015 Employee of the Month.

Timothy Mulvihill began his employment with the City of Porterville July 12, 2010, with Public Work as a Field Services/Water Utility Worker. Tim has worked his way up through the ranks during his tenure with the City. Tim started with the Department as a Water Utility Worker I, and now serves as a Water Utility Worker III. Tim is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the City’s Sewer Collection System.  Tim’s initiative to further his education, attain Distribution Certifications, and strong, professional work ethic are just some of the reasons Department Directors have selected Tim Mulvihill as Employee of the Month for April. Tim is considered to be a great asset to the Field Services Water Utility Division.

Tim finds the most enjoyable part of his job is working with the specialized heavy equipment in his department.

Tim also has the privilege of being married to his lovely wife, Samantha.

In Tim’s free time, he enjoys drag racing in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA, Heritage Series), and competition shotgun shooting.
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March 2015 Employee of the Month
Amy Graybehl
Parks & Leisure Services

Amy Graybehl was employed by the City of Porterville Parks and Leisure Services Department on January 2, 2013, as a Leisure Services Specialist.  Amy grew up in Porterville and graduated from Monache High School prior to attending UC San Diego and obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Communications. 

As for the marketing portion of Amy’s position, her duties include: social media and website updates, producing all press releases, flyers, banners and presentations for the department, writing a bi-weekly article for the Porterville Recorder and doing interviews on KTIP radio.  Amy’s position also has her performing several other duties.  Some of these additional duties are coordinating many special events including Freedom Fest, Step Up, Kids Fest, the Wall of Fame Ceremony and Corporate Games.  She also launched the City’s myPorterville app and is responsible for maintaining it.  Another of her duties is serving as supervisor to the Youth Commission, as well as assisting with various youth and adult sport leagues.

Her tremendous work ethic and professionalism deems her more than worthy of this award.  She truly aspires to make as many people as possible aware of, and in attendance at, City events, and takes pride in creating the best experience for attendees.

During her free time, Amy enjoys adventures outdoors, going to concerts, playing volleyball and any excuse to travel and spend time with her family.  When asked what she likes most about her job, Amy said she could best describe it with the moments at events or activities where she can witness the impact of her department’s efforts in bringing people together to play, to connect, and to build the community.
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February 2015 Employee of the Month
Joe Juarez
Police Department

Joe Juarez has been employed with the City of Porterville for approximately 25 years.  He was first hired by the City of Porterville in 1991 as a part-time employee in the Parks and Leisure Services Department.  In 1995 he became a full-time employee and continued to work for the Parks and Leisure Services Department, serving in a number of capacities, but primarily as the building custodian for the Police Department.  In January of 2007, Joe transferred to the Porterville Police Department, continuing his duties as building custodian, where he still works today. Joe was recently named the Police Department Civilian Employee of the year.

At the Porterville Police Department, Joe performs a myriad of duties with regard to building and grounds maintenance; so many that it would be very hard to list them all.  Joe doesn’t need to be assigned tasks – he just sees what is needed and does it. Joe has an intimate knowledge of the 25 year old building and its constant requirements to keep clean and well maintained.  His strong work ethic and attention to detail ensures that the building remains in top condition, a condition which draws positive comments from many visitors to the building.  Along with that, his helpful attitude combined with his pleasant demeanor makes Joe an outstanding employee who is well liked throughout the Department.  With that, it is often said that any person in the department can take a week off work and not many people will take notice, but if Joe is gone for only a few days, everyone notices and misses him.

Joe has three children, a daughter, Ruby, who is 19, and two sons, Anthony, who is 20, and Andrew, who is 16.  When not working for the Police Department or spending time with his family, Joe spends his time coaching the Porterville Cougars, a Pop-Warner football team and also spends time working with the Porterville High School Panthers Football Team.
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January 2015 Employee of the Month
Eric Orong
Fire Department

Eric Orong is originally from Visalia, and graduated from Mt. Whitney High School in 1998.  He began his career in fire service in 1999 and worked for several fire organizations before joining the City of Porterville Fire Department on Sept. 17, 2007.  He currently holds the rank of firefighter and is also an acting engineer, critical incident stress de-briefer, and previously served as fire investigator.  Eric completed the College of the Sequoia’s Fire Academy in 2001, and has attained certification as a fire apparatus driver-operator and Fire Officer.  He is currently completing the training program for certified fire instructor.  Eric has been married to Stephanie for six years and they have two sons, Owen and Luke.  When not on duty, Eric works part-time for Porterville College as a professional expert and enjoys spending time with his family. 

On November 29, 2014, Eric was driving with his family to Visalia to look for a Christmas tree.  Approaching Lindsay, they noticed a large column of smoke and went to investigate.  They found a commercial building on fire in the downtown area of Lindsay with a single police officer operating the fire engine and hose.

With Stephanie’s permission, Eric went into firefighter mode, helping relocate the fire engine to prevent it catching on fire and then directing the high flow, master stream nozzle to the flames.  Only after the engine was secure and additional help arrived did Eric rejoin his family to continue on their way.
His actions helped prevent damage to a City of Lindsay fire engine and to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings.

2014

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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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November 2014 Employee of the Month
Jason Ridenour
Community Development Department

Jason Ridenour joined the City’s Community Development Department as the Economic Development Associate in December 2012. Prior to working with the City, Jason worked in the San Francisco Bay area in the private sector helping new businesses to develop as a Director at an angel investment firm, similar to venture capitalism. Jason studied Finance at California State University Chico, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007.

The regular workload of the Economic Development Associate position is anything but “regular,” and tasks vary from statistical data crunching to helping local businesses improve and expand.  In addition to staying connected to the community and assisting local businesses as they grow, Jason proactively recruits national retailers and industry to the city. Jason builds relationships with possible businesses, as well as with local developers, and uses his experience and local familiarity to encourage partnerships that would result in a new business in Porterville. Jason’s ability to successfully “sell” Porterville is evident with the upcoming openings of Panera Restaurant, Me-N-Ed’s Pizzeria, and Applebee’s Bar and Grill.

Jason is a dedicated and driven employee, and is always willing to take on those “other duties as assigned,” he steps in to help wherever he can. His work ethic is only matched by his great sense of humor. Jason helps keep spirits high in what is often a stressful department, and encourages his teammates to keep up the good work by reminding us that we all contribute to the growth and future of Porterville.

Born and raised in Porterville, Jason is enthusiastic about doing all he can to bring great things to his hometown, both professionally and personally. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Tiffany, and in August of this year they welcomed their son, Lucas. When he isn’t doting on his wife and son, Jason enjoys working on his racecar (Number 83!) and doing home improvement projects.
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October 2014 Employee of the Month
Terry Mendez
Public Works Department

For the month of October, Department Directors have selected Terry Mendez as the City of Porterville’s employee of the month.  Terry began working for the City of Porterville in October of 2000 at the Wastewater Treatment Facility as a Clerical Assistant I and was promoted to a Clerical Assistant II in 2004. She is the sole clerical support person for the entire Treatment Facility and she adeptly keeps the flow of the office humming along.

Terry is in charge of gathering data and preparing monthly and quarterly reports that are submitted to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. The Wastewater Operators rely on her knowledge to order not only routine maintenance material and parts, but they also rely on her purchasing experience in ordering specialized equipment.  She is in charge of booking tours of the Treatment plant and enjoys seeing children react to the different smells and reach realization of what wastewater really is.  She is very polite and professional when speaking on the phone or when greeting people in person in her office. She is great at helping others in her office troubleshoot problems or questions that deal with any of the programs in Microsoft Windows.  She can always be counted on to complete a task that is given to her with a smile.

Terry is married to John and together they have 3 children: Isaac who is 20, Analiesa who is 18, and Isabella who is 15.  Terry enjoys reading, shopping, spending time with her family and getting together with her two closest friends that she has had since the first grade.   But most specially, she likes to go to live tapings of shows in Hollywood and she has been to the Jay Leno Show, The Conan Show and, most recently, The Voice.
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September 2014 Employee of the Month
Vikki Cervantes
Library - Parks & Leisure Services

Vikki Cervantes began working for the City of Porterville as a part-time Library Assistant in 1995 and became a full-time employee in 2000.  She received her BA in Social Science from Chapman University in 2004 and her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in 2009.  Vikki became Porterville City Librarian in August 2007 and has been in library services for 19 years.

It didn’t take Vikki long to bring many fresh new ideas and programs into the Library.  Under Vikki’s leadership the Library has been awarded California State Library Grants for Online Homework Help and Family Place Library.  Vikki has worked hard to establish a team that is adaptable to handling the diverse needs of the community, and most notably delivering the friendly service expected by the patrons.  Vikki continues to work on the transformation of traditional library services. She has created an Early Learning Center, focused on collection maintenance, reorganized library space at the Margaret J. Slattery Library, and enhanced the visibility of library services through community participation.

Vikki currently serves as the Chair of the San Joaquin Valley Library System.  She is also on the Board of Directors for the Family Crisis Center and the Time Marches On Committee.

Vikki has a three-year-old daughter, Kimoriana.  Her hobbies include reading, cooking, traveling, and home improvement projects.  Vikki’s most rewarding hobby is assisting young people with their future educational goals and careers.
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August 2014 Employee of the Month
Officer Wayne Martin
Police Department

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Porterville Police Department Detective Wayne Martin as the Employee of the Month for August 2014.

Wayne has been employed with the City of Porterville since December 2006.  He began his employment as an officer assigned to the Patrol Division.  As a uniformed officer in the Patrol Division, Wayne worked a variety of shifts, handling calls for service and proactively seeking those who were violating the laws.  It was during this time that Detective Martin developed his skills and subsequently his reputation as a thorough investigator and outstanding report writer.  He also developed a reputation of being a reliable and extremely hard worker who is well liked by all of his peers and supervisors.

Based on Wayne’s quality of work in the Patrol Division, he was transferred to the Investigations Division as a detective in January 2013.  As an investigator, Wayne is responsible for investigating a variety of crimes, ranging from simple burglary to homicide.  However, it was quickly realized that he had the temperament and personal skills that would enable him to excel in the investigation of child abuse and sex crimes and he is now the primary investigator for such crimes.  These types of crimes can be difficult not only to investigate, but to gain the trust of the abused victims.  Wayne has these abilities and he has even been recognized by Child Welfare Services as a go-to person when they require assistance. 

As part of his assignment in the Investigations Division, Wayne is also responsible for tracking all registered sex offenders within the jurisdiction of the City of Porterville.  When given this assignment, he developed a more efficient system of tracking these registrants and regularly organizes operations to contact these persons and verify their compliance with their restrictions.

Wayne is also an advisor of the Police Department’s Explorer Program.  As an advisor, he sacrifices many hours of his own time in helping the program and the young adults in the program.  He travels with them several times a year when they are participating in events. 

Despite the workload demands of his current assignment, Wayne has also returned to the classroom and is in the process of obtaining his bachelor’s degree so he can even better serve the community.  He is a valued employee who sets the standards for his fellow employees and is an asset to the Investigations Division, the Police Department, and the City of Porterville.

Detective Martin is married to Rachael and they have two sons, Lucas and Ryan.
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July 2014 Employee of the Month
Luisa Zavala
Administrative Services

Luisa Zavala has been selected as the City of Porterville Employee of the Month for July 2014.  Luisa began her career with the City in February 2008, and currently holds the position of Deputy City Clerk in the Administrative Services Department.

Luisa has proven to be a tremendous asset in the Department, and takes great care in the performance of her many duties, which include preparing agendas and minutes, processing City legislation, drafting proclamations, and assisting with municipal elections.  She serves as a compliance officer with Fair Political Practices Commission’s filings, and coordinator on all California Public Records Act requests.  Luisa is also the department’s resident passport expert; the go-to person for City-wide research projects, and oversees all updates to the department’s webpage.  Luisa’s excellent writing skills, her adeptness at multi-tasking, and her attention to detail make her a tremendous asset to the City.  Her quick wit and clever personality is a bonus. 

When asked about her most enjoyable aspects of her job, Luisa replied, “while many outside of city government may not know what a city clerk does, it is one of the oldest positions in city government.  I think that is pretty cool.”  She also enjoys the camaraderie she has with co-workers; and the opportunity to work with the public, City Council Members, and community leaders.  She says that being Deputy City Clerk provides her with a broader knowledge of municipal government and her community which she can utilize when helping the public.   Oh, and she really enjoys long City Council Meetings!

When she is not serving the City of Porterville, Luisa enjoys spending time with her husband Mike, her “little Schatzi” one-year-old Alexander, family, friends, and their three dogs.  She enjoys crafting, is an avid reader, and a founding member of the City’s book club.
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June 2014 Employee of the Month
Tallen Speck
Fire Department

Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Firefighter Tallen Speck as the June 2014 Employee of the Month. Tallen was selected for this honor on the basis of his strong work ethic, positive attitude, and his cooperation with his superiors and his team of co-workers.

Firefighter Tallen Speck was born in Oklahoma and moved to California with his family at age 5. He attended local schools and graduated from Monache High School in 2000. He then worked in construction, installing granite counter tops, before graduating from the Fire Academy in 2011. Shortly after his graduation, he was hired as a reserve firefighter with the City of Porterville Fire Department. Tallen showed great promise and was hired as a full time firefighter with our Department in December 2012.

Tallen is a team player and immediately volunteered his construction and granite-working skills when the Fire Department decided to renovate the circa 1964 kitchen at Fire Station 1 earlier this year. In short order, he and his crew transformed an outdated eyesore into a modern, functional, and sustainable kitchen with new floors, refinished cabinetry, and granite counter tops. This crew of willing workers saved the Department thousands of dollars in material and labor costs.
Tallen continues to pursue professional development and has recently completed the California Fire Service Training and Education courses for emergency vehicle operations and fire pump operations. He is now assisting in training the department’s newest firefighters. 

In his free time, Firefighter Speck enjoys hunting, fishing and camping. He and his wife, Kaycee, have four sons: Tallen Jr, Gryphen, Owen, and Corben.
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May 2014 Employee of the Month
Debbie Salter
City Manager's Office

Debbie has been selected by the directors of the City of Porterville as the May 2014 Employee of the Month. Debbie began working for the City in 1999 and was, and is, happy to be a member of the City of Porterville team. She began her career with the City of Porterville working in the Finance Department as the assistant to the Purchasing Agent. In 2000, she transferred to the Police Department, assigned to the Patrol Division. The seven years she worked there gave her a unique insight into the workings of the Police Department and you would be hard pressed to find someone who is more “pro law enforcement.”

Debbie accepted the position of Secretary to the City Manager in September 2007. This position has provided her with an opportunity to further expand her knowledge of City and municipal government functions. Since the City Manager’s office is the hub of the City organization, she interacts with many departments as well as Council Members. She also answers the “Operator’s” line so she hears from many citizens of our community for many different reasons. Her goal is to assist each person so they have a positive experience when they contact the City. 

Debbie is married to Steve, has a son Larry (and daughter-in-law, Annette) and a daughter Missy (and son-in-law, Joe). She also has two much-loved “furry girls”: Mika, a Lab/Border Collie mix, and Maddie, a Goldendoodle. She enjoys walking them, and you might have seen her out and about with a large black dog and a large white curly dog. We all know her as a strong advocate for animals, because, as she says, “They can’t speak for themselves.”
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April 2014 Employee of the Month
Irene Anaya
Finance Department

For the month of April 2014, we would like to honor Irene Anaya as the City of Porterville’s Employee of the Month.  Irene joined the City in 1999 as a Clerical Assistant assigned to the Planning Department.  She moved to the Engineering Department for a short period of time prior to joining the Finance Department in 2003 as an Account Clerk.  Irene matriculated through Accounts Receivable, Business License and Utility Billing, ultimately landing in Accounts Payable in 2005.

Her broad skill set and keen attention to detail quickly stream-lined the payables process, and her bi-lingual abilities plus her knowledge of licensing and billing make Irene one of our most valued employees.  Irene is very dependable and conscientious with an impeccable work ethic.  She is always the first one at work, well-liked by staff, always willing to help out wherever and whenever help is needed.  She is able to handle difficult or problematic situations calmly and with a level-head.  We are very fortunate indeed, to have Irene as a member of the City team.

Irene grew up in Porterville and moved to Strathmore when she married Ralph, her husband of 30 years.  Together they have two boys:  Cesar, 26, and Cristian, who is 20.  Irene is very devoted to her family and spends a lot of her time with them.

Thank you, Irene for a job well done! 
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March 2014 Employee of the Month
Jeff Duke
Public Works Department

The Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Jeff Duke of Public Works as the March 2014 City of Porterville Employee of the Month.
Jeff Duke began his employment with the City of Porterville on December 1, 2012, at the Wastewater Treatment Facility. Jeff works in the Engine Room and is responsible for keeping all engines running and serviced. He is hard working and detail oriented and keeps all work orders up to date on plant equipment and all mechanics in working order.

Jeff is industrious and recently obtained his Grade 1 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation certification and is now diligently working toward obtaining his Grade 2. He is also a member of the California Water Environment Association. He states his favorite part of his job is always learning something new and his goal is to someday run the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Jeff enjoys mechanics, welding, riding quads, and camping with his family in the desert. Jeff is married to his lovely wife Stephanie, and has two children: Zack, 17, and Azlynn, 13.
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February 2014 Employee of the Month
Mike Patterson
Parks & Leisure Services

Mike Patterson has been employed with the City of Porterville for 25 years.  He was hired as a Parks Maintenance Worker I in 1989.  Mike was promoted to a Parks Maintenance Worker II in 1991 and to a Parks Maintenance Worker III in 1993.  His main duties while serving in that position for 19 years was to oversee the maintenance of the golf course and pool.

Mike was promoted to Acting Supervisor in February 2012 and then became Parks Superintendent in July 2012.  Due to an unexpected health issues suffered by his wife, Mike will be retiring this month and he will move onto a more important role of taking care of his wife and spending time with his family.  Mike was extremely well liked by his co-workers, took pride in his work and was very dependable.

During Mike’s brief Superintendent stint, his tremendous attitude and vision paved the way for the Parks Division to make some significant, positive strides.  Mike did a fantastic job keeping project costs under budget and he always was thinking of creative ways to save money.

Mike is married to Patricia and has a son, Kevin, (daughter-in-law Shanuda), daughter Alicia, and two grandchildren, Kamry and Kasen.

His hobbies include fishing, camping, reading and woodcarving.  When asked what he liked most about his job, Mike stated working on projects with the parks crew to improve the parks and other areas of town, and the lifelong friendships he developed over his years with the City.
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January 2014 Employee of the Month
Elbia Graves
Police Department

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Porterville Police Department Records Clerk Elbia Graves as the Employee of the Month for January 2014.

Records Clerk Graves has been employed with the city of Porterville since October 1996.

As a Records Clerk, Elbia handles public information requests and police incidents at the front counter. She also performs general clerical record keeping duties in support of the police records management system.

Elbia is an extremely hard worker who is well liked and is very reliable. She is a valued employee who sets the standards for her fellow employees and is an asset to the Records Division.

Prior to her employment with the City of Porterville, Elbia served her country in the United States Army for 20 years. While in the armed forces, Elbia also received her Associates of Arts degree at the University of Maryland.

Elbia is a resident of Visalia and a graduate of Lindsay High School.  She has two sons, James and Thomas.  She also has two grandsons, Lincoln and William, and one granddaughter, Samantha.

Elbia has submitted her retirement application, which will become official effective April 2014, and her last day of working will be at the end of January 2014, as she will utilize her accumulated vacation time until April.

2013

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December 2013 Employee of the Month
Ramon Velasco
Parks & Leisure Services

Ramon Velasco was hired by the City of Porterville as a part-time Parks Maintenance Worker Aide in May 2003 for the Parks and Leisure Services Department.  He became a full-time Parks Maintenance Worker I in August 2005. Ramon was promoted to his current position as Parks Maintenance Worker II in March of 2007.

Ramon spends most of his time maintaining the 85-acre Sports Complex.  Ramon handles all the irrigation, oversees the equipment maintenance, mows the grass, cleans the restrooms and preps the fields.  He also goes above and beyond to help all of the youth sports leagues that use the Sports Complex.  Ramon always displays a great attitude and is a true team player when it comes to helping his co-workers.  It is his attitude and tremendous work ethic that will enable him to continue to climb up the Parks Division ladder in the years to come.

Ramon is married to Maria and has a son, Jose (11) and a daughter, Destiny (7).  His hobbies include horseback riding, Mexican rodeo, watching sports, and coaching his children’s sports teams.

Ramon states that his favorite part of his job is being outdoors and that he is happy to be a part of the Parks and Leisure Services Department. 
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November 2013 Employee of the Month
Sabrina Barrios
Porterville Fire Department

Firefighter Sabrina Barrios is the daughter of Shelly Porter and Tony Barrios. She spent her early years in Porterville and Visalia, together with five sisters and two brothers.

Sabrina’s interest in firefighting began at an early age when she became a volunteer Explorer for Tulare County Fire Department at age 15. Within a year, she was promoted to Explorer Chief and was active in this capacity until age 18. After graduating from Golden West High School in 2005, she was hired by Cal Fire where she worked for three years before being hired by the Porterville Fire Department in 2007.

Firefighter Barrios recently obtained her Fire Officer certification as well as Driver Operator endorsement to drive fire equipment. She is responsible for maintenance and repairs of the department’s self-contained breathing apparatus, and is a Porterville Fire Department CPR instructor.

In July of 2013, Firefighter Barrios responded to an emergency medical incident for a person electrocuted and in full cardiac arrest. She immediately initiated CPR and defibrillation, administering multiple shocks to the patient, restoring both a heartbeat and normal breathing within minutes of her arrival on scene.

In October, Firefighter Barrios volunteered to be a CPR instructor for the Fire Department’s first public CPR classes and helped teach 49 members of the community life-saving CPR skills.   
          
When not working at the fire department, Sabrina enjoys fishing and spending time with her boyfriend, Eric, his two daughters, Ellie and Georgia, and her two shepherds Allie and Kilo.
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October 2013 Employee of the Month
Fernando Rios
Community Development Department

Assistant Planner, Community Development Department- Planning Division

Fernando was born and raised in the Porterville area, and is a graduate of Porterville High School. After obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Urban & Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona, Fernando returned to pursue his chosen profession with the City of Porterville, beginning as a Planning Technician in October 2008, and promoting to Assistant Planner in 2009. In 2011, he accepted an employment opportunity with CVMS, a local property preservation company. Fernando returned to the City of Porterville Planning Division as an Assistant Planner in December 2012.

Fernando is a valuable resource in the Planning Division, and is involved in nearly all current planning projects, as well as many long range planning efforts. Over the last year, the Community Development Department has experienced significant turn over due to retirements and other staff changes. Upon his return to the City, Fernando hit the ground running, helping to get projects processed and complete backlog due to the staff transitions. His attention to detail and considerate interpretation of the Development Ordinance is a resource to the entire team and the development community. Additionally, Fernando is integral to the success of the City’s Elderberry Mitigation site- spending many early mornings and hours of his own time walking the site to help improve the success rate of the mitigation plantings.

Fernando is active in his off-duty hours, and enjoys gardening, snowboarding, and running- he has finished five local 5Ks this year. He has a great sense of humor which everyone in the Community Development and Public Works Departments enjoys- often finding creative ways to motivate others to participate in the quarterly fitness incentive. Some might call it “trash talk”, but we call it encouraging exercise.

Fernando enjoys planning the future of his home town, where most of his family still resides.

Thank you, Fernando for all your hard work.
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September 2013 Employee of the Month
Gabby Cruz
Finance Department

For the month of September, the directors have selected 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, balancing the daily cash receipts and preparing the deposits to the bank.  Recently, Gabby was promoted to Payroll Administrative Aide. She is currently learning payroll maintenance, processing and reporting. Gabby continues to be dependable and trustworthy.  She is very conscientious and thorough about her work.  She enjoys learning new things.  She’s always willing to help out wherever we have a need.  With her positive attitude, exemplary work ethic, professionalism, and excellent customer service, Gabby is truly one of our most valued employees.

Gabby is married to Ruben.  They moved to Porterville from the LA area about 11 years ago.  They have 2 children, Ruben Jr. who is 15 and Jasmine who is 8.  Gabby enjoys reading, shopping and surfing the internet.  But most specially, she likes to go to different places with her family.
jesusguzmanCity of Porterville
August 2013 Employee of the Month
Jesus Guzman
Public Works Department

The Directors of the City of Porterville have selected Jesus Guzman as the August 2013 Employee of the Month because of his exemplary high work ethic.

Jesus began his service with the City of Porterville on August 16, 2010, as a Wastewater Operator in Training with Field Services. On August 1, 2011, he was promoted to the Operator I position. Most recently, Jesus was promoted to the Operator II position on July 1, 2013.

Jesus has been the lead process control operator since November 2012. He was reassigned to his position from the maintenance side of wastewater treatment. Jesus has quickly adapted to his new role and is learning how to interpret laboratory data and plan process control adjustments.

Jesus said his favorite part of the job is the camaraderie at the wastewater treatment facility and the day-to-day challenges of running the plant.

Jesus has been a member of the California Water Environment Association since 2010. The CWEA is an organization dedicated to the educational development of wastewater professionals.

Jesus is certified by the State of California as Grade II Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator.

Jesus and his girlfriend, Yvette, have six children. He likes spending his off-work time customizing cars and enjoying time with his family.

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July 2013 Employee of the Month
Rita Gilmer
Porterville Police Department

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Rita Gilmer as the Employee of the Month for July 2013.Rita Gilmer has served as a Records Clerk for the Porterville Police Department for over 34 years. Rita has served the City and the Department proudly during that time.

Rita graduated from the College of Sequoias in 1978 with an Associates of Science Degree in Business Management.  Shortly after graduation, Rita began her career at the Porterville Police Department as a part-time Records Clerk.  Rita continued her part-time employment until she was given a full-time position on June 24, 1980.  Rita has spent her entire career solely with the City of Porterville’s Police Department.

During her time at the Department, Rita has become an expert in every facet of the Records Division. She was instrumental in helping the Department transition to an automated Records Management System in 1998.  She has been instrumental in helping mentor and train personnel who were hired after her.

Rita has long been a backbone in the daily operations of the Records Division. Her current assignment has her working concurrently with the local District Attorney’s Office, ensuring that all criminal reports are completed in a timely manner for review and prosecution.

In her off time, Rita enjoys spending time with friends and family, camping at the coast, or being active in her church. She has been married to her husband, David Gilmer, for 17 years and they have one daughter, Erica, who is 13 years old.

Rita is scheduled to begin her vacation August 2013, which will continue to her anticipated official retirement date in November 2013. Rita claims to have no current plans for her retirement, other than being a full-time parent.

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June 2013 Employee of the Month
Gale Labonte
Parks & Leisure Services Department

Gale Labonte began working for the City of Porterville on January 18, 1999, in the Planning Division as a Clerical Assistant.  In June of 1999, she moved over to the Parks and Leisure Services Department.  Gale worked at the front counter in the City Hall Parks and Leisure Services Department handling Leisure Services clerical responsibilities, including park reservations and program registrations.  She then moved to the parks office at the Corporation Yard in 2004 where her duties focused on the Parks division.

In November 2013, Gale moved back to City Hall where she currently works in the Parks and Leisure Services Administrative office maintaining parks division work, as well as administrative office clerical duties.  It is fantastic having Gale back ‘home’ in the Parks and Leisure Services City Hall office.  She possesses a wealth of knowledge from her fourteen years of experience. Gale attends the Parks and Leisure Services Commission meetings and is responsible for the minutes.    She has also been instrumental in maintaining the City of Porterville Tree City USA status.

Gale is married to Andy and has two sons, Adam and Travis.  Her hobbies include collecting Mickey Mouse items, crafting, decorating and learning about history.  When asked what she likes most about her job, Gale states that she has great co-workers who make it fun to come to work!  She added that there’s never a dull moment in Parks and Leisure!
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May 2013 Employee of the Month
Josie Castaneda
Administrative Services Department

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have chosen Josie Castaneda as the Employee of the Month for May 2013.  Josie has worked for the City for 28 years, beginning her career in 1985 as a Clerical Assistant II in Risk Management.  She is currently employed as an Administrative Analyst in the Human Resources Division of the Administrative Services Department.

As an HR Administrative Analyst, Josie’s primary responsibility is the administration of the City’s workers compensation program.  In this regard, she handles all aspects of work-related injury claims, involving a tremendous amount of coordination between the injured worker and his/her supervisor, as well as the City’s third party claims administrator, doctors, and sometimes attorneys to facilitate the appropriate resolution and the return to work of the injured employee.  Josie is extremely knowledge in workers compensation administration and her attention to detail is just one of Josie’s much valued attributes. Josie strives to stay current on the ever-changing workers compensation laws, and works diligently to protect the rights of all involved parties.  In addition, some of Josie’s other responsibilities include tracking performance reports for all full-time City employees; preparing and filing mandated CalOSHA reports; and coordinating certificates of insurance through the Central San Joaquin Valley Risk Management Authority, on which Josie also serves as the City’s Alternate Member.  When asked to describe her favorite aspect of her job, Josie says that she most enjoys working with professionals in every department and gets great satisfaction from providing assistance to them.

Josie is a dedicated and extremely dependable employee.   She is a tremendous asset to the Administrative Services Department, not to mention the City.  Josie resides in Woodville with her husband of 29 years, Guillermo, and has three adult children, Ana Laura and her husband Robert; Guillermo Jr.; and Julio Cesar.   When she is not serving the City of Porterville, Josie enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to tropical destinations.

The City of Porterville is very fortunate to have an employee like Josie.
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April 2013 Employee of the Month
Michael Brodbeck
Fire Department

Michael was born and raised near Pismo Beach in Nipomo, California. In 2006, he graduated from Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria with an Associate of Science degree in Fire Technology. Later that year, he completed the State Fire Training course requirement’s for certification as a Firefighter 1.

Before coming to Porterville, Michael spent four years as a firefighter with the Nipomo Fire Department and worked in the Cal-Fire, San Diego Ranger Unit as a seasonal firefighter.

Michael began his career with the City of Porterville in June of 2008. In October of 2011, he accepted a position in the Fire Investigation Unit as a Fire/Arson Investigator and has recently become an Acting Engineer. In December 2012, Michael received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Studies through Brandman University.

Michael was selected as Employee of the Month for his great work ethic and positive attitude, his willingness to assume additional responsibilities and assignments, and for helping to meet the goals and objectives of the Porterville Fire Department.

Michael has been married to Janelle for three years.  They have a beautiful little girl, Samantha Rose.  In his free time, Michael enjoys camping, biking, and hiking and spending time with his family.
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March 2013 Employee of the Month
Cliff Savage
Public Works Department

Cliff Savage started working for the Public Works Department as a Refuse Driver on January 3, 2006.   From the beginning, Cliff has been a very dependable and dedicated employee with a consistently positive attitude and he takes great pride in his job.

Cliff is always willing to assist others and promotes team work at all times. He often reports to work early, works overtime, and Holidays when necessary.  Cliff is flexible and he adapts well to change, as is evident in the fact that he can and will operate all the different vehicles in the refuse fleet from the front end loaders to the forklift.  He currently operates a side loader on the residential routes.  Cliff enjoys running all the different equipment and thinks it’s fun to work, which may be why he’s had a 100% attendance record every year since beginning work for the City.  

He is an avid Ram’s fan and also enjoys golf, baseball and fishing.  Cliff has been married to April for the past 21 years, and they have three daughters, Heather, Stephany and Cynthia.
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February 2013 Employee of the Month
Lupe Diaz
Community Development Department

Lupe has been with the City since 2007 in the Housing Division of the Community Development Department and has recently taken on the duties of Development Associate.  She is responsible for the administration of the CDBG grant program as well as managing the housing programs, including the First Time Homebuyer Program, the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program, and the Public Utility Assistance Program for low-income households.  Lupe also monitors several multi-family housing projects within the City. For the past five years, Lupe has been the coordinator of Project Homeless Connect and the annual Point in Time Survey. Her involvement with the Kings/Tulare County Continuum of Care on Homelessness has given her the opportunity to assist individuals that find themselves in need. Most recently, while coordinating with Family Services, she has had the satisfaction of assisting to house four homeless individuals through the Shelter Plus Care Program.

Lupe describes the most enjoyable part of her job as being able to assist those in need, reaching out to the community and making a difference wherever possible. Her motto is, “Give whatever you have, help with whatever you can, and start wherever you are.”

Lupe has two children; a daughter, Daniella, age 24, who teaches first grade at Kennedy Elementary in Lindsay, and a son, Samuel, age 22, who is attending College of the Sequoias and works as assistant manager at Guitar Center-Visalia.Lupe enjoys reading, walking, and cooking. Lupe loves antiques and thrift store shopping. She finds her recent hobby of painting furniture in shabby chic style rewarding and relaxing. She attends Porterville Believers Church.
CarlosMezaCity of Porterville
January 2013 Employee of the Month
Carlos Meza
Finance Department

For the month of January, we are honoring Carlos Meza as the City of Porterville’s Employee of the Month.  Carlos was hired in October 2008 as a Meter Reader.  Carlos immediately demonstrated outstanding performance in his new position. He has a great attitude, reports to work with a smile on his face and ready to work.

Carlos’ work is exceptional, always completed ahead of schedule and with accuracy.  He is a team player, always helping out with anything that needs to be completed. Carlos doesn’t mind going above and beyond his job duties.  Instead of calling the Water Department for repairs, he does the work himself.  He is very well liked and has a great working relationship with staff.

Carlos is always able to maintain a courteous demeanor, even in adverse situations.  He is able to express a calm and polite attitude while dealing with the most difficult customers.   Carlos has an extraordinary degree of job knowledge, always adhering to policies. He can always be depended upon to handle any situation that may arise.

Carlos has been married to his wife, Maria, for 12 years.  Together, they have raised Maria’s brother and sister, Raul and Catia.  Carlos is very active; he enjoys playing soccer, which keeps him in shape.  He successfully participates in the City’s Fitness Incentive Program, often scoring as an “Olympian.” Carlos mostly enjoys spending time with his family.

Carlos, we truly appreciate you and your work. You represent the City of Porterville in a positive manner!

2012

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December 2012 Employee of the Month
Marshall Chairez
Public Works Department

Marshall Chairez was selected as the December 2012 Employee of the Month because of his outstanding work ethic, his attention to detail, and his willingness to assist others.

Marshall began his career with the City of Porterville in September 1988 as a Field Services Worker I in the Streets/Traffic Division.  He was promoted to Field Services Worker II in 1997 and to Field Services Worker III in 2009.  In this capacity he is responsible for the maintenance of all Street Signage and Street Markings throughout the City.  Marshall takes pride in his job and states that one of the most enjoyable parts of his job is serving the public to the best of his ability.

Marshall has been married to his wife Norma for 24 years.  They have three sons: Marshall, Eric, and Randy, and four daughters: Megan, Jeanine, Alyssa, and Britney.  Marshall has coached football in the community for the last 23 years, and is currently an assistant coach at Porterville High School.  He enjoys spending his free time camping & fishing with his family, and being grandpa to Jayden and Maddison. 
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November 2012 Employee of the Month
Darren Maddox
Parks & Leisure Services Department

Darren Maddox was hired by the City of Porterville on November 1, 1987, as a Parks Maintenance Worker II. He was promoted to Parks Maintenance Worker III two years ago. During his 25 years with the City, Darren has always been receptive to taking on new responsibilities, and there have been many additional responsibilities assigned to him lately due to the vacancy of the Parks Supervisor and one Parks Maintenance Worker III.

Darren’s skills are many: he is exceptionally knowledgeable in working with trees, he is currently welding a new fence at Murry Park, he possesses both a Class A and B license, he is a Certified Pool Operator, he oversees the SWAP program for the division, and he is well versed in equipment maintenance.
Darren is married to Tammy and has two daughters, Kristy and Brittney, a son-in-law, Anthony, and five grandsons.

His hobbies include dirt track car racing, off-roading, football, and camping.

Darren states that what he likes most about his job is working with his co-workers and with other City departments.
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October 2012 Employee of the Month
Robert Meier
Police Department

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Officer Rob Meier as the October 2012Employee of the Month.

Rob was born in Fremont, California, and spent time, while growing up, in Denair, California, and Chicago, Illinois, before finally settling in Visalia. He is married to Shanna and he is a devoted father to their beautiful daughter, Jaymee.

Rob Graduated from the Tulare Kings Basic Police Academy in December of 1998 and was hired as a Deputy Sheriff for Tulare County in July of 1999. Rob spent nearly 10 years working as a Deputy Sheriff before accepting a position with the Porterville Police Department in February of 2008. Since that time, Rob has been assigned as a Patrol Officer, a Narcotics Investigator, and is currently assigned as a Training Officer in the Patrol Division.

Rob has excelled in every assignment he has had and routinely goes above and beyond what is expected of him. On September 1st of this year Rob and his trainee were dispatched to a disturbance at a local hotel.  Upon arrival they learned the source of the disturbance was a young girl who was upset. She and her family were displaced due to a residential fire and she was distraught and scared staying in unfamiliar surroundings.

Although the shift was busy, Rob took time to connect with and comfort the young girl displaying a great deal of compassion for her and her family. The parents of the girl were quite appreciative of the concern shown by Officer Meier but his efforts did not stop there.

The following day, Officer Meier returned to the hotel with a care package for the young lady that included pajamas, girl’s clothing, a few toys, and a princess dress. The young girl’s mother called the Police Department stating her family was simply overwhelmed by Officer Meier’s generosity and concern. She further stated that his actions have given her family much needed hope and strength during hard times.

This incident is simply one example of the type of service Officer Meier is providing to the city of Porterville on a daily basis. It is for that reason he has been chosen for this recognition.
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September 2012 Employee of the Month
Cody Clem
Fire Department

Cody Clem was born and raised in Porterville. He attended Monache High School, where he participated in the Associated Student Body, was a section leader for the drum line in the Monache High School Band, and was actively involved in sports.  Cody went on to attend Porterville College as well as Allan Hancock College, graduating with honors and an Associate Science degree in Fire Technology.

Cody began his career with the City of Porterville Fire Department in June 2006, when he was hired as a Reserve Firefighter. In the summer of 2008 he worked as a seasonal wildland firefighter with CalFire, thereafter rejoining Porterville Fire Department in the fall of 2008. He was hired as a temporary firefighter in November 2008 for a 1000-hour, limited term position, which led to him being selected as a full-time firefighter with the department in July of 2010.

Cody is known for his boundless energy, positive spirit, and his desire to complete any task quickly and in an efficient manner. In his free time, Cody is often involved in community service events, such as Shave the Brave, Fill the Boot, and the Porterville Firefighters Association’s Chili Cook-off. He also volunteers as a percussion instructor at Granite Hills High School.

When asked to describe his favorite aspect of his job, Cody says that it is a pleasure to serve the community that has given him so much, and he enjoys the camaraderie of working with his captain and fellow shift members.
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August 2012 Employee of the Month
Javier Sanchez
Public Works Department

The department directors of the City of Porterville have chosen Javier Sanchez, the Assistant City Engineer, as the Employee of the Month for August 2012.

Javier was chosen to be recognized because he played a major roll in the City's success in securing our FHWA funds for the Plano Street Bridge Project.

Javier began working for the City in March 2008. His duties include managing federal-aid capital improvement projects and enforcing various codes and regulations.

Javier serves on the advisory board for the Academy of Engineering at Harmony Magnet.

He enjoys exercising, spending time with family, and mentoring students and interns. He is married to Yuri and they have three children.
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July 2012 Employee of the Month
Howard Muzuki
Community Planning & Development Department

The City of Porterville is pleased to announce the selection of Howard Mizuki as our Employee of the Month for July 2012.  Howard’s selection was based on his ability to complete major projects, his flexibility to change, participation as a team player, and his success in achieving cooperation from his co-workers under what is, often, stressful conditions.

Howard began his career with the City in 1994 as a Water Systems Specialist.  In 1998 he was promoted to Administrative Analyst and currently coordinates the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) efforts.

Howard was instrumental in installation of the Automated Permits and Inspections software.  Other areas of responsibility include coordinating, Technical Support to Community Development, Training staff and documenting technical procedures for the department.

Howard is an avid golfer and works hard to remain physically fit. He is consistently among the top scorers in Fitness Incentive testing.

Howard and his wife, Paidge, have lived in Porterville since 1989, raised three daughters and have four grandchildren.
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June 2012 Employee of the Month
Janie Rodriguez
Finance Department

Competent and conscientious with a keen commitment to accuracy can best describe June’s employee of the month, Janie Rodriguez.  Janie joined the City’s Finance Department in November 2005, as an Account Clerk II.  She was soon reclassified to Account Clerk III and thereafter promoted to Accountant I in 2008, the position she holds today.

Janie received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of LaVerne in 2006.  She has a lot on her plate as her responsibilities include preparing journal entries, quarterly financial reports and monthly Revenue & Expenditure reports.  She conducts the accounts payable audit and provides back-up support to both A/P and Payroll.  She is responsible for the First Time Home Buyer loan payment reconciliation as well as Agreement payments.  Janie is a valuable assistant to the Finance Director, especially during preparation of the annual CAFR and Budget.

Janie has been married to Jerry for twelve years.  They have two children, Lily, 12, and Erik, 7.  She loves exercise and walks and rides her bike.  Her favorite past-time is spending time with her family and she enjoys a good novel when she makes the time.  Janie also loves going to Las Vegas; however, she spends her time watching others lose their money—not hers!
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April 2012 Employee of the Month
Sarah Cardoza
Administrative Services Department

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have chosen Sarah Cardoza as the Employee of the Month for April 2012.  Sarah works as an Administrative Analyst in the Human Resources Division of the Administrative Services Department and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services/Business Management.

As an HR Administrative Analyst, Sarah is responsible for the daily administration of employee health and retirement benefits.  This includes assisting in the evaluation of contracts, renewals, and plan revisions; coordinating dissemination of plan information; overseeing claims administration; and keeping apprised of changes in applicable state and federal law.  Another of Sarah’s responsibilities includes assisting in employer/employee relations and the collective bargaining process with five of the six employee associations.  Sarah is the go-to person for compiling and analyzing data, and has worked diligently in preparing comprehensive MOUs for each of the units.  If that wasn’t enough to keep Sarah busy, she also assists with managing employee leave, developing and conducting supervisor training sessions, and serving as back-up personnel for Workers Compensation benefits administration.   When asked to describe her favorite aspect of her job, Sarah says that she loves the necessity of being a lifetime learner, as she is required to stay on top of ever-changing labor laws.  She also is appreciative of her job and the relationships she has established with her co-workers.

Sarah is a consummate professional who is passionate about her job.  Time and time again she tackles the most challenging assignments and executes them with proficiency and diligence.  She is a tremendous asset to the Administrative Services Department, not to mention the City.

Sarah was born in Visalia, and lived there until she met and married her soldier, Darin.  In 2002, they moved to Fort Drum, New York, where she lived while Darin was deployed in Afghanistan.  In 2004, she and Darin returned to Visalia, which is where they currently reside with their two beautiful daughters, Sophia, who will be 5 years old next month, and Makayla, who is 8 ½ months old.  When she is not serving the City of Porterville, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, hosting summer BBQs, and vacuuming her house with her coveted Rainbow vacuum to keep it spotless.  Yes, vacuuming! 
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March 2012 Employee of the Month
Debbie Salter
City Manager's Office

Debbie has worked in a few different departments in the City, but considers it all to be the same team. She began her career with the City of Porterville in 1999, working in the Finance Department as the assistant to the Purchasing Agent. This position gave her a good overview of the City since she helped purchase items for, and had contact with, all the different departments. In June 2000, she transferred to the Police Department, assigned to the Patrol Division. The seven years she worked there gave her a unique insight into the workings of the Police Department and you would be hard pressed to find someone who is more “pro law enforcement.”

Debbie accepted the position of Secretary to the City Manager in September 2007. This position has provided her with an opportunity to further expand her knowledge of City functions and municipal government (as well as the Brown Act).

Debbie endeavors to have a positive impact on those she comes in contact with and believes every citizen of Porterville is our customer and deserves attentive, quality service. 

Debbie is married to Steve, has a son Larry (and daughter-in-law, Annette) and a daughter Missy (and son-in-law, Joe). She also has two “furry girls” that she adores: Mika, a Lab mix, and Maddie, a Goldendoodle.

Debbie enjoys humor, spending time with friends, traveling, and walking her dogs. She also ardently cares about animals and would love to see the building of the animal shelter in Porterville given top priority.
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February 2012 Employee of the Month
Yuliana Andrade
Parks & Leisure Services Department - Library

Yuliana Andrade was first introduced to public library work through the CSET Youth Program in 2005. After that program ended, Yuli was hired on as a part-time Library Aide in June of 2006. In March of 2011, she was chosen to fill a full-time Library Assistant position.

Yuli is a team player and is willing to flex her schedule as necessary to help other divisions in her department with activities like Step-Up events, Kid’s Day, and Junior Giants Baseball. She is actively involved in programming inside and outside the library. Yuliana has conducted several presentations for Homework Help, assisted staff with school visits to promote Summer Reading programs, and has conducted library tours.  She organized and promoted our 2011 Banned Book Week. Yuli uses her bilingual skills to help connect with and serve our Hispanic population.

Yuliana has a pleasant outgoing personality and gets along well with her co-workers.  She eagerly takes on new responsibilities as assigned. Yuliana is currently assisting staff in conducting monthly computer classes for the public and has received many positive compliments from the students. Yuliana performs with a high level of energy and contributes extra efforts in all aspects of her assignments.  She was asked to meet with co-workers for cross training of library duties and exceeded our expectations by completing this task ahead of schedule.

Yuliana is committed to professional development and has completed many Info-People online training sessions. She is currently taking online classes through the State Center Community College District to attain her Library Technology Certificate.  Besides being a dedicated Library staff member by fulfilling her assigned duties and responsibilities, Yuli goes above and beyond by promoting the Library in new ways and accepting the associated work into her routine. Her most recent success is the Library’s Facebook page.  Within just a few months of creation, the Porterville Library’s Facebook page had more likes than Tulare County Library’s Facebook page and Tulare City Library’s Facebook page combined.  In order to keep postings current and responses timely, she sometimes manages the content from home on her own time.

Yuli is an excellent example of investing in individuals when hiring employees for the City. When our individual employees, like Yuli, are successful, their respective teams, divisions, and departments are on the road to success. Our City organization will prosper greatly when we invest in and reap the rewards of employees like Yuliana.
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January 2012 Employee of the Month
Officer Mark Knox
Porterville Police Department

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Officer Mark Knox as the Employee of the Month for January 2012.

Mark Knox came to work for the Porterville Police Department in May of 2002, after beginning his career with the Woodlake Police Department in 2000.

Mark was selected as Police Officer of the Year in 2003.

Mark has worked in a variety of assignments at the police department, which included time as an officer in the Patrol Division.  Mark worked three years as the DUI Enforcement Officer and to date has made over 1,100 arrests of individuals driving a motor vehicle while impaired.

Mark worked three years in the Special Investigations Unit where he investigated narcotics cases and gang investigations.  He was involved in a multi-agency gang investigation in the city of Porterville that concluded in 2008 with the arrests of over 50 individuals and the service of 25 search warrants.

In 2008, Mark was assigned to the Officer-In-Charge Program, where he became the supervisor in the absence of the shift Sergeant.

In 2010, Mark became the supervisor of the School Resource Officers, the Explorer Program, and the GREAT Program taught by Officer Mariko Williams. Mark spends several extra hours each week overseeing these programs, and donates hours to the Explorer Program each time they work details at Pebble Beach.

The police department recently tapped Mark’s past experience in landscaping to assist in the planning and installation of the irrigation system at the new police shooting range which now has over 1½ acres of sprinkler system.

Mark makes his home in Visalia with his dog, JD. Mark spends much of his free time doing outdoor activities including camping, hunting, and fishing.

Mark is a highly-valued member of the Porterville Police Department and a role model for young officers to emulate. He comes to work everyday with the mindset of doing the best job possible and making a difference through his work for our community.

2011

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December 2011 Employee of the Month
Caroline Thomason
Laboratory, Public Works Department

Caroline Thomason started working for the City of Porterville nine years ago as a Lab Attendant. Caroline has since obtained Lab Analyst Grade 2 and Environmental Compliance Inspector Grade 1 certifications and is currently a Lab Technician II.

Caroline is a hard working, diligent employee who uses her time management skills and knowledge efficiently to get the laboratory samples analyzed on time. She runs tests on the sophisticated laboratory testing equipment and has had a large role in running the laboratory’s proficiency testing samples this year. Caroline is detail oriented and maintains laboratory maintenance logs and quality control charts for each procedure used in the lab. She collects and analyzes samples from our industrial dischargers. Caroline has a very good rapport with the laboratory clients who come in with their samples or to ask questions regarding their water.

Caroline has received her AA degree at Porterville College and is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resource Management. Caroline said she enjoys challenging herself in school as she works toward her degree which is relevant to her job, and she is able to apply her water knowledge with her environmental studies.

When not working or studying, Caroline enjoys riding dirt bikes and quads, camping, shooting, and watching movies.

Caroline is married to David and they have a 7-year-old daughter, Miranda.
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November 2011 Employee of the Month
Lieutenant Mike Hildreth
Porterville Fire Department

Mike Hildreth was born in Redlands, California, and has lived in the Porterville area for approximately 37 years, growing up in Success Valley.  He attended Citrus South Tule Elementary School, Pioneer Jr. High School, Porterville High School, and Porterville College.

Mike began his career with the City of Porterville in 1998 when he was hired as a Reserve Firefighter.  In 1999 he became a full-time Firefighter with the department, and has worked his way through the ranks to his current position of Lieutenant.  In addition to his officer duties, Mike is also charged with developing and administering Wildland Firefighting Training to all shift personnel on an annual basis.  Mike also oversees the Reserve Firefighter Program.  As Reserve Program Coordinator, Mike is responsible for overseeing the recruitment and testing of all new Reserves, conducting the City’s in-house Reserve Academy, developing and administering monthly training sessions, and providing general supervision of the Reserves’ training program.

When asked to describe his favorite aspect of his job, Mike says that assisting members of the public when they are in need is very rewarding.  He also enjoys the camaraderie of working with his engine company, as well as training and drills to sharpen his skills and stay current with new life safety procedures and techniques.

Mike has been married to Patrice for eight years.  Together they have two beautiful daughters:  Logan, who will be five years in December, and Regan, who will be two years in February.  When not being utilized as a jungle gym by his girls, Mike enjoys golfing, cycling, and weight training.
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October 2011 Employee of the Month
JENNI BYERS
Community Planning and Development

Jenni Byers is an Assistant Planner in the Community Development Department. She has worked for the City on two separate occasions. After working as a medical transcriptionist at Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield for 10 years, she was hired as the Community Development Department secretary in April 2005. At that time the department was significantly understaffed and development was going crazy. This allowed Jenni to take a crash course in planning and she was able to assist from the beginning on the General Plan update. She worked for the City for about 10 months and then went back to college, finishing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Phoenix in Business Management. Following graduation she worked for a private consulting firm, Provost and Pritchard, as an environmental planner. The City contracted with this firm for planning services and Jenni was brought in to help complete the General Plan. She was rehired by the City in April 2009 as a provisional employee and later was hired on full-time in November 2010.

Jenni is passionate about her job and loves serving the public. From her early days of working for the City, the need for logical development appealed to her. She enjoys working with compassionate people in planning, housing and economic development – and being able to see the big picture of the services and programs the City provides to better this community.  She has tackled some really difficult projects – like completing the environmental work so the ball fields at the airport Sports Complex could be lighted and working through the red tape of the FAA to gain the release of the airport lands for the new fairgrounds.  She is a very experienced environmental planner, and works to provide environmental reviews of the most difficult projects. Currently, Jenni is the lead planner on the Zoning Map update. Jenni says that she loves her job because every day brings something new.

Jenni adores her husband, Grant, who works as a salesman for Thorco Valves. They have three children: Joshua, 20, who is getting ready to transfer to Point Loma Nazarene University where he wants to become a pastor, Jake, 18, who is a senior and loves working on cars, and Emily, 16, who is a vivacious junior on the Stockdale High School color guard in Bakersfield.  Jenni says that Emily is her favorite hobby. She feels like half her life is spent following her activities, being in the band booster, and traveling around for her color guard activities.

Jenni is a founding member of the City’s book club and she loves to play softball. At any given time she has a bat, cleats and glove in her car because you never know when someone will need an extra player. As a family, the Byers love to snowboard, ride bikes and fish – while Jenni reads. Jenni enjoys her commute from Bakersfield everyday because it’s her only down time and according to her, it’s the only time when she’s not expected to cook or clean.
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September 2011 Employee of the Month
TONYA HALL
Parks and Leisure Services

Tonya was employed by the City of Porterville as a Leisure Services Coordinator in February 2008.  She coordinates the Spring Kids’ Fest, Youth Basketball, Jr. Pirates Track Club, Adult Coed Volleyball League, Annual Senior Christmas Dinner, Dive-In Theatre, Winter & Spring Youth Fishing Derbies, Spring Egg Hunt, and the Junior Giants.  Tonya was instrumental in getting the new Youth Girls Softball League off to a successful start this past spring.  She also assists with numerous other special events including the Freedom Fest, Music on Main, other youth sports, as well as manning information booths on the department’s behalf at other community functions.

Tonya is on the City website committee and keeps the Parks and Leisure Services Department web information updated, as well as sending out the new internet resident information service.  Tonya is currently on the Sesquicentennial Committee and has put in countless hours towards planning and implementing this year’s events. 

Tonya has five children: Alexis, Seneca, Madison, Savannah, and Dillon.  Her hobbies include playing volleyball, softball, and keeping up with all of her kids’ activities.  She is also a proud member of the TC VillainZ, an all women's flag football team.  Tonya lists getting to interact with the community as the most enjoyable part of her job.  She says she feels very fortunate to have a job that she loves and gets to work alongside the most amazing people in Porterville.
Tonya always does an excellent job taking on added responsibilities.

It is because of the aforementioned that we would like to recognize Tonya Hall as the City of Porterville Employee of the Month for September 2011.
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August 2011 Employee of the Month
Anita Gustuson
Finance Department

Dependable, resourceful and always careful with the taxpayers’ dollars are some of the strong points describing August Employee of the Month, Anita Gustuson.  Anita joined the City in June 2000, as a Clerical Assistant II in the Finance Department, supporting the Purchasing Division.  Her prior experience as a Buyer for National Diversified Sales in Lindsay, plus being a 1993 Leadership Lindsay graduate, made her an excellent choice for the position.  Anita wears many hats and handles numerous critical tasks for the department including ensuring the bidding process on our capital projects runs smoothly and is well-organized.  She processes all Community Civic Event applications, keeps our DUNS Central Contractor Registration updated, works on research projects for the Finance Director, and generally manages all functions that keep the Finance Department staff working efficiently.  Additionally, Anita is currently learning the Business License Code and will soon be able to process new and renewal Business License applications.  She maintains a close working relationship with the City’s vendors and contractors, and always puts a positive attitude at the forefront.  Anita’s initiative is well recognized at the City.  She thrives well on innovation and enjoys using new technology to streamline work processes - a recent example being her work with the Engineering Department to facilitate electronic transmission of bid documents to plan rooms.

Anita earned her AA Degree from Porterville College in 2002, and just recently completed all requirements to earn her Paralegal certification.  She has two grown daughters:   Kathleen is married to Bradley and teaches in Lindsay; her youngest, Renee, is finishing college in Fresno.  She is a brand new grandma, thanks to Kathleen and Bradley giving birth to “Everett Dylan” on July 7th.   In addition to enjoying time spent with family, Anita’s hobbies include sewing and quilting, hiking in the mountains, and reading a good novel with her trusty dog, Merlin, by her side.
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July 2011 Employee of the Month
David Payne
Public Works Department

Department directors for the City of Porterville have selected David Payne as the July 2011 Employee of the Month.

David Payne arrived in the San Joaquin Valley with his family from up north when he was a small child, and he attended grammar school in Porterville.  The family relocated to Tulare, and he graduated from Tulare Western High School.

He was hired by the City in June 2007 as a Public Works Field Services Worker I.  Since then, he has acquired his Water Distribution II & III state mandated certification and has advanced to the rank of Water Utility Worker II.

David has always been a person with a positive attitude, has a great work ethic, and is always willing to do any variety of tasks requested.  David’s regular work assignments include fixing water main breaks, repairing broken fire hydrants and testing backflow devices.  Along with David’s everyday work activities, he also receives a very large percentage of the after-hours water and sewer call-outs.  He has been extremely dependable in all aspects of this work.  His supervisor says he is a pleasure to work with.

David is a member of the American Water Works Association and American Backflow Prevention Association.  Up until recently, David was the only field backflow tester for the City.  Through this responsibility, David has demonstrated dependability and professionalism.

David has been married to Krista for 12 years; and they have 2 daughters, Sienna and Sami, and one son, David.  He enjoys vacations with his family and hunting and fishing, especially when visiting his parents in Oklahoma.  You can tell David truly enjoys working for the City and is an asset to the Public Works Water Utility Division. 
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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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May 2011 Employee of the Month
Shauna Craig
Administrative Services Department

For the month of May 2011, we are honoring SHAUNA CRAIG as the City of Porterville’s Employee of the Month.

Shauna spent the majority of her adolescence in some state of “moving,” either packing, moving, or unpacking!  She was born in New Jersey, and has lived in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Washington, Oregon, and all over California, before settling in Porterville during her freshman year of high school.  She is a graduate of both Monache High and Porterville College.

Shauna began working for the City of Porterville in January 2010 when she was hired as a Human Resources Assistant in the Administrative Services Department.  As an HR Assistant, Shauna is responsible for all recruitments for the City, oversees the employee service awards program, conducts customer service trainings, and also serves as “wellness guru,” administering the City’s wellness program.  For the first time, the City’s fitness incentive testing was taken in-house in an effort to cut costs. Shauna not only oversaw this successful transition, but also does an outstanding job in managing the program.  Participation in the program has since tripled, due much to the enthusiastic efforts of Shauna.  In addition, Shauna has created “The Wellness Word,” an electronic employee newsletter which she publishes bi-monthly.  Shauna’s positive, can-do attitude, her strong organizational skills, and creativity has helped promote a more healthful culture amongst City employees which will most certainly positively impact health coverage costs in years to come.  Shauna is the quintessential team player, always offering her assistance where needed.  She hit the ground running upon her hire and has yet to stop, or even slow down!

When asked to describe her favorite aspect of her job, Shauna says that conducting recruitments for many of the City’s positions has made her appreciative of all of the things that as citizens we take for granted, such as the safety of our drinking water, what happens once a toilet is flushed or trash is left at the curb, or whether or not someone will be there when 911 is dialed.  She is proud to serve the City and greatly enjoys working with fellow employees and the public.
Shauna is married to Mike, and they have three amazing daughters:  KaitLynn, age 16; Shae, age 14; and Hanna, age 6.  In her spare time, Shauna enjoys “Stampin Up” crafting, entertaining, writing, riding quads, organizing, and reading (Shauna is a founding member of the City’s book club).
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April 2011 Employee of the Month
Rick Land
Porterville Fire Department

Rick Land was born and raised in Porterville, and is the youngest of seven children born to James and Carol Land.  He attended Vandalia Elementary School, Pioneer Jr. High, Porterville High School and Porterville College.

Captain Rick Land is the training officer for the Porterville Fire Department.  Rick was hired by the City of Porterville in May of 1998 as a reserve firefighter. Since then he has held the ranks of firefighter, engineer, lieutenant and captain.  Rick is a registered Driver/Operator instructor with State Fire Training.  He was named Firefighter of the Year in 2001.  Rick is a recent graduate of Leadership Porterville, class of 2010, and is currently on the curriculum committee for Leadership Porterville.

As the training officer for Porterville Fire Department, some of Rick’s responsibilities include scheduling, coordinating and providing training to members of the fire department and other City staff.  He maintains and updates reports on the City of Porterville’s National Incident Management System, maintains fire personnel training records, and is responsible for maintaining the City of Porterville’s Emergency Operations Center.

Rick is also involved in the Golden Guardian process for an emergency preparedness exercise that will occur in May of this year. Rick was selected as Employee of the Month for his enthusiasm, loyalty, can-do attitude and for helping to meet the goals and objectives of the Porterville Fire Department.Rick has been married to Michelle for over 18 years.  Together they have three children: a 16-year-old daughter named Amber, and two sons, 12-year-old Nathan and 11-year-old Treyton.  Rick enjoys many outdoor activities, including camping, hunting and coaching youth sports.
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March 2011 Employee of the Month
Linda Clark
City Manager's Office

Linda Clark has been chosen by Department Directors as the March 2011 Employee of the Month. Linda Clark was employed with the City of Porterville in May 1991 and has consistently been an excellent example of a dedicated, capable, and hard-working employee.

Linda was initially hired as the Secretary to the City Manager, but her abilities were soon tapped for the development of a public transit system in Porterville. Linda has been an integral part of the transit system since its inception – seeing that the services expanded to meet the growing needs of our community. Linda has acquired a vast knowledge of the many components of transit – grant application and administration, federal requirements, copious reports, equipment specs and on and on. She works closely with the Transit Operator, assuring the smooth running of the daily routes. Linda has diligently taken care of a very complex, highly demanding job in a stellar way and the City is very appreciative of that fact.

Linda was promoted to Administrative Aide in September 1994, to Analyst I in July 2000, and to Analyst II in September 2006.

But Linda’s job is not limited to Transit – she also serves as the City’s Public Information Officer, keeping the public and news media informed regarding important issues and projects that are happening within the City. Her extensive knowledge of the City and its functions make her a very valuable employee to all departments and she readily assists with various projects as needed.

Before coming to the City of Porterville, Linda worked for 17 years as a legal secretary, taught business at Porterville College night classes for 12 years, and worked more than 4 years for the City of Lindsay.

Linda is married to Ed, who is retired from the City of Porterville, and has one daughter, Amy, and two sons, Cris and Craig.

Linda enjoys cooking and loves to travel – particularly to the states of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Linda and Ed also share an avid interest in Native American art and artifacts.
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February 2011 Employee of the Month
Brian Herrera
Parks Department

It’s a great honor to present the February 2011 Employee of the Month, BRIAN HERRERA.

Brian moved to Porterville in 1980 to attend Porterville College.  For three years Brian studied classes offered in the area of Building Trades and Drafting.

Brian began working for the City of Porterville in 1990 as a Field Services Worker I in the Water Division, primarily responsible for the maintenance of water meters.  In 1996 a great reverence came over Brian, he saw a flaming light and transferred to the Parks and Leisure Services Department as a Parks Maintenance Worker I, performing duties as a tree surgeon on our Street Tree Crew.  A few years later, Brian was promoted to Parks Maintenance Worker II, and just recently promoted to Parks Maintenance Worker III, as the lead worker in building and maintenance.

Brian’s latest project is the finely crafted handicap ramp at the Spencer House, the new home of the Friends of the Library.  He’s currently retrofitting the Municipal Golf Course restrooms to meet ADA requirements and will soon start work on rebuilding the Breakfast Lions Pavilion at Veterans Park.  Brian has a great passion for his job; the challenges that are presented to him on a daily basis are welcomed.  His willingness to tackle any task, his wonderful attitude, along with his skills, makes Brian one of our most valued employees.

As a single Dad, Brian raised three children who are now adults: Brian Jr., Sonia and Regina. He’s also the proud grandpa of seven.  During his spare time Brian enjoys performing skilled wood work. 
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January 2011 Employee of the Month
Lt. Robert Blankenship
Police Department

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Acting Lieutenant Robert Blankenship as the Employee of the Month for January 2011.

Lieutenant Blankenship has served in law enforcement for over 33 years, beginning his career with the communities of Farmersville and Kingsburg.  He was hired as a police officer for the City of Porterville in August 1979.

Bob has worked in virtually every capacity within the police department; serving in the Patrol Division as an officer and later as a supervisor.  He has worked as a narcotics detective, also serving on the county-wide taskforce known as INET (the Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team).  Bob received numerous recognitions from State and Federal authorities because of his efforts in combating illegal drug activities in our community.

Bob has twice been recognized as Police Officer of the Year: in 1984 and again in 1996 for the exemplary work he performed each and every day.
Bob has been a part of the Traffic Unit off and on for most of his career.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1998, and for the past three years has supervised the Traffic Unit. Bob has authored and overseen several of the traffic grants that the police department has received to assist in impacting traffic-related issues in our community.

One of the behind-the-scenes efforts that Bob is responsible for is the coordination of special events.  Each year there are several events our community celebrates that require special effort and detail from numerous resources.  Within the police department, it is Bob who coordinates the Veterans’ Day, Christmas, and Cinco de Mayo Parades, the Porterville Fair, graduations of Porterville, Monache, and Granite Hills High Schools, along with other events.

In 2010, Bob was involved in each of the aforementioned events, in addition to coordination of the AMGEN Bike Race that came through the city of Porterville.  In November, Bob was the City of Porterville representative who coordinated the City’s efforts in honoring fallen soldier Brett Land during his funeral service and scheduling and coordinating one of the largest processions occurring in our city’s history.

Bob has been a model employee for over 30 years for the City of Porterville and, because of his vast experience and knowledge, he was recently selected to fill the vacancy of Police Lieutenant within the police department, and now serves as the night watch commander for the department in that capacity.

Bob has been married to Wendy for almost three years and they have a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix named Sophie. Bob loves riding his Harleys and spending vacations at his home in Montana.

2010

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December 2010 Employee of the Month
Jason Biagio
Public Works Department

Jason came to the City of Porterville in October 2008 as a provisional Assistant Engineer and began full-time employment on June 3, 2010.  He previously worked six years with Townsend Architectural Group as a Project Manager/Visualization Specialist.

Jason works on design and calculations for Public Works projects.  He works closely with the Parks & Leisure Services Department on projects such as the Sports Complex Lighting project, Rails to Trails, and the Tule River Parkway.  He designed and developed to the construction phase the recently completed ‘G’ Street Rehabilitation, Henderson Avenue Full Depth Reclamation and the Olive Avenue Cold In-Place Recycling projects.

Jason also works closely with the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) division in developing maps and drawings of existing City infrastructure. He is responsible for updating the Public Works Department City webpage, and testing new work stations and software, like the 64-bit 3-D AutoCadd program that will give staff greater precision and efficiently. Jason states that he enjoys everything that he does because it is all so different and entertaining.

Jason enjoys running, playing and coaching soccer, target shooting and working on his 2004 Ford Mustang.  His family is drag racing enthusiasts (not on local roads) and is a member of a Northern California Mustang Club.  As a Napa native he is also a wine connoisseur.  Jason has three children Joseph (8), Sofia (6), and Zella (5) and has lived in Porterville for eight years.
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November 2010 Employee of the Month
Larry Benton
Finance Department

For the month of November, we are honoring LARRY BENTON as the City of Porterville’s employee of the month.  Larry was hired January 1, 2008, as a Meter Reader.

Larry immediately demonstrated outstanding performance in his new position. Larry has a great attitude.  He shows up for work with an exceptional interest in achieving team results, always helping out with anything that needs to be done.  His work is completed in a very accurate, neat and effective manner.  Larry demonstrates exceptional safety techniques, always communicating any potential problem.  Larry is able to maintain a courteous demeanor, even in adverse situations.  He is able to express a calm and polite attitude while dealing with the most difficult customer.

Larry is a very detail oriented person.  If there is one thing that describes Larry best, it would be that he is a PLANNER.  He plans to be at work early, he plans for what job is to be completed for the day, and he plans on what may be needed for today’s tasks.  You would never see him running back to the office for anything, because he has already planned on what may be needed for any situation that may arise.  Larry is truly an example of a perfect employee.  He represents the City well with his knowledge, his courtesy and his caring personality.

Larry has been married to Annette for 7 years.  They have 2 adorable girls, Sasha & Lexi, which are actually their very spoiled Bichon Frise dogs.  Larry enjoys vacationing in Hawaii.  After just returning from a trip in October, he is already “planning” his Hawaii trip for next year.  Larry also enjoys playing golf, working around the house and spending time with his family.

Thank you Larry for always going above and beyond in all that you do for the city!
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October 2010 Employee of the Month
Tina Brown
Police Department

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Communications Dispatcher Tina Brown as the City of Porterville Employee of the Month for October 2010.

Dispatcher Brown has been employed with the City of Porterville since January 1998.  During her employment, she has been recognized and honored as the Dispatcher of the Year twice: first in 1999, and again in 2003.

Her recognition in 1999 stems from her handling of a robbery call at Tucoemas Federal Credit Union in February 1999.  She displayed a high level of skill, compassion, and professionalism which had a calming affect on the victim, eyewitness, and other callers.  Tina was able to obtain necessary and relevant information and promptly relay it to responding officers.  It was clear that her efforts contributed to an organized and effective response by officers to a dangerous and highly emotional event.

Her recognition in 2003 was based on what Tina is about as an employee and as a person.  Tina is full of life and energy; she is caring, confident, and sincere in everything she does.

As a dispatcher, Tina handles public requests that encompass medical aids, fires, and police incidents.  It all starts with a call into our dispatch center, and as citizens of Porterville, we are very fortunate to have a person of Tina’s caliber meeting our safety needs each time we call.

Tina is a resident of Porterville and a 1984 graduate of Porterville High.  She is married to Warren and they have three children, Krystal, Briana, and Brandon.  They also have two granddaughters, Brooklyn and Addisyn.
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September 2010 Employee of the Month
Michelle Bascom
Parks & Leisure Services Department

Michelle Bascom was born and raised here in Porterville.  She moved to the Bay Area in 1985 and returned in 2002.

Prior to being hired in May 2009, she worked for Pioneer Home Outreach, Inc. for several years as a Social Worker and Assistant Director.

Michelle feels very blessed to be a part of the staff here at the City of Porterville.  She states that from day one, there have been many people who are very helpful and supportive.  The Parks and Leisure Services Department provides a variety of services to the community, which lends itself to many different opportunities for learning.  She tries to take advantage of those opportunities to expand her knowledge base to be as effective as possible.  The combination of a broad range of job responsibilities and a great staff is why she enjoys her job very much.

Michelle’s family includes her husband Lloyd, her son Richard, who is currently serving in the United States Air Force and is stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and two step children Eric and Brandy, who reside in Fresno.

Michelle enjoys cooking, cleaning, learning to play golf and target shooting.
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August 2010 Employee of the Month
Luisa Herrera
Administrative Services Department

Luisa Herrera has been selected as the City of Porterville Employee of the Month for August 2010.  Luisa began her career with the City in February 2008, and currently holds the position of Deputy City Clerk in the Administrative Services Department.

Luisa has proven to be a tremendous asset in the Department, and takes great care in the performance of her many duties, which include preparing agendas and minutes, processing resolutions and ordinances, drafting proclamations, and assisting with municipal elections.  She serves as a compliance officer with the Fair Political Practices Commission; is the department’s resident passport expert; and is the go-to person for research projects.  Luisa also serves on the City’s Website Committee and is responsible for all department updates on the web.  Her whit and clever personality make her a pleasure to work with.  Luisa’s most enjoyable aspect of her job is the daily interaction with all of the departments, the Council and the public.

When she is not serving the City of Porterville, Luisa enjoys spending time with her fiancé Mike, family, friends, and their three dogs.  Luisa enjoys crafting, is an avid reader, and a founding member of the City’s book club.
LupeDiazCity of Porterville
July 2010 Employee of the Month
Lupe Diaz
Community Development Department

Since November 2008, Lupe has served as Chairman of the City’s 2010 Census Committee. Under her very capable leadership, the Committee organized and participated in numerous community events to educate the public about the importance of the Census. Due to the Committee’s efforts, the Census return results to date have increased nearly 10% over the 2000 Census. In addition, during this time Lupe also served on the Library Facility Planning Committee which studied and evaluated the future needs of the library and alternatives for expansion and a possible new facility. As part of her regular duties, Lupe implements the City’s housing programs, including the First Time Homebuyer Program, the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program, and the Public Utility Assistance Program for low income households. Lupe recently assisted in the preparation of housing grants for the continuation of the City’s assistance programs. Lupe’s involvement with the Kings/Tulare County Continuum of Care on Homelessness has given her the opportunity to act as coordinator of the Project Homeless Connect that has been hosted by the City for the last two years. For one day in November, this project brings together agencies, organizations, and individual volunteers to provide a variety of services to over 300 people in need of assistance.

Lupe has been with the City for just over three years. Before being hired in her current position, Lupe facilitated the Spanish First Time Low Income Homebuyer Education class as an independent contractor beginning in 2003.

Lupe describes the most enjoyable part of her job as being able to assist those in need, reaching out to the community and making a difference wherever possible. Her motto is, “Give whatever you have, help with whatever you can, and start wherever you are.”

Lupe has two children: a daughter, Daniella, age 21 who attends CSUB, and a son, Samuel, age 20, who is completing his third year in a Christian internship program at the LA Dream Center.

Lupe enjoys reading, walking, cooking, and volunteering. Lupe loves antiques and  definitely enjoys a good bargain. She worships at Porterville Believers Church where she teaches Sunday school in Kids Towne Children’s Church.
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June 2010 Employee of the Month
Clayton Dignam

Clayton Dignam began his career with theCity of Porterville in April of 2007.  In 2008 he became a certified code enforcement officer.  He is assigned to the Prevention Division of the Porterville Fire Department. 

Clayton’s positive attitude and approach have contributed to the success of the City of Porterville Code Enforcement program.  Clayton has the ability to talk to citizens and help them comply with City Codes and ordinances.  His “can do” attitude, gentle demeanor, great work ethic, due diligence, and resourcefulness are exemplified by the number of complaints that are resolved through voluntary compliance.

Clayton works diligently with employees from all City departments as well as working with property and business owners.  Together they work first towards voluntary compliance on numerous code violations.  He is conscientiously committed to promoting and maintaining a safe and desirable living and working environment as well as improving the quality of our community. He is also a Hearing Officer for the City of Tulare Code Enforcement administrative hearings.
In his tenure as the Code Enforcement Officer, Clayton has been instrumental in obtaining compliance with projects throughout our city, as well as being involved with the following:

  • Tier 1 of the Tule River clean-up effort in 2007 in which tons of trash and thousands of tires were removed.
  • Working with the City attorney and building division on addressing and correcting blighted properties.
  • Weed Abatement enforcement for the fire department’s annual program.
  • In 2009 he began serving inspection warrants to abate nuisance and blight ridden properties.
  • Occasionally works sector details with PPD to address property issues.
  • Works annual fireworks enforcement detail with Fire Department and PPD on 4th of July.

Previous to his employment with the City, Clayton worked 9 years for a locally owned and operated pest control company.  He was a licensed termite inspector and fumigator.  He has served as the Worthy President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1351, during which time they donated over $26,000 to our local community.  He has served on the Burton Elementary School Site Council and is currently on the board of the Porterville Neptunites Swim Team.

Clayton was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and moved to Porterville at 3 years of age.  He has lived in Lindsay and Oceanside, CA.  He chose to move back to Porterville to raise his family.  Clayton and Roxanne are happily married and they enjoy every moment with their children.  His hobbies include watching his children play sports, camping at the coast or in our beautiful mountains, watching movies, helping others and enjoying life.
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May 2010 Employee of the Month
Donna Silvas

Donna Silvas was selected as the May 2010 Employee of the Month because of her outstanding customer service. She is a dedicated employee who exemplifies the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Donna came to work for the Porterville Public Library as a Library Assistant in April 2007.  She loves serving the diverse informational needs of the Porterville community. Donna’s work merits recognition because it is above and beyond regular duty.

She is flexible and eager to work any shift as needed.  Donna has an interest in learning new things and expanding her knowledge in all areas of public library services.

Donna is extremely creative and puts a lot of effort into our monthly displays located throughout the library. She is especially resourceful in this activity and often brings in her own personal items for the displays.  Donna has received many letters of gratitude from patrons for her outstanding customer service and exceptionally creative displays.  Donna has said on many occasions that working at the library is her “Dream Job.” 

Donna was born and raised in Porterville. She attended Alta Vista School and was a graduate of the last “pure” class of Porterville Union High School, class of 1970.

Donna has been married to Ruben Silvas for 34 years, they have five children: Delia, Penni, Paul, Amanda, and Deidre. They have eight grandchildren and their ninth grandchild is due in September. They also have one great-grandson. Donna enjoys spending time with family, reading, collecting antiques, and gardening.
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April 2010 Employee of the Month
Russell Isom

Russell Isom was selected as the April 2010 Employee of the Month because of his outstanding work ethic, his attention to detail, and his willingness to assist others.

Russell Isom began his career with the City of Porterville in December 2001 as a Field Service Mechanic I at the Field Services Shop. He was promoted to Field Service Shop Supervisor in August 2007 and to Field Service Shop Superintendent in May 2008. In this capacity, he is responsible for all operations of the Field Service Shop and does an excellent job of making sure it runs smoothly and efficiently. He loves a challenge and states one of the most enjoyable parts of his job is successfully completing a difficult repair.

Russell oversees the City’s fuel management facilities, including public access CNG sales and he is a Certified CNG Fuel System Inspector. He also does the laborious technical aspect of writing specifications for vehicles purchased by the City.

Russell enjoys spending time with his family, vacations at the coast, and fishing. He has been married to his wife, Dawn, for almost 19 years and they have a three-year-old son, Colton
MIllerCity of Porterville
March 2010 Employee of the Month
Gary Miller

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Officer Gary Miller as the Employee of the Month for March 2010.

Gary Miller came to work for the Porterville Police Department in June of 1999 after leaving his home state of Louisiana. Gary quickly developed a passion for the K-9 program and became a dog handler until his appointment to the Department’s Special Investigations Unit.

Following his tour as a narcotics detective, Gary returned to the patrol division and once again took on a K-9 partner, Seven. Gary and Seven have conducted literally hundreds of public demonstrations and have appeared in numerous parades and K-9 competitions. Gary is also the primary Range Master for the Police Department where his love of firearms and passion for teaching are evident with each monthly training session.

Officer Miller continuously demonstrates a knack for locating and apprehending felons shortly after crimes have been committed. In 2009 he was commended three times for such proactive activity. One recent example occurred in late December of 2009 when an armed robbery occurred at the Jack in the Box restaurant on West Olive. The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, fled the scene and very little information was known about his identity. Through good teamwork with his co-workers and the use of his resources, Officer Miller had the suspect identified and in custody within 17 minutes of the crime occurring.

Gary and his wife Carla make their home in Porterville with their 6 children. Gary spends much of his free time doing outdoor activities and volunteering as a leader with the Boy Scouts of America. He is frequently seen performing activities with the Scouts such as camping trips, work details, or delivering phone books throughout the city.

Gary is truly a valued member of the police department and a role model for young officers to follow. He comes to work everyday with the mindset of doing the best job possible, and making a difference through his work for our community.

Please join us in congratulating our March 2010 Employee of the Month, Officer Gary Miller.
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February 2010 Employee of the Month
Richard Givens

Richard began employment with the City of Porterville as a Field Services Worker I in the Water Division.  During his seventeen-year career at Field Services, he was promoted to Field Services Worker II in the Water Division and Field Services Worker III in the Sewer Division. In his supervisory capacity as FS Worker III, Richard regularly trained entry-level Field Service Workers.

Late in 2005, Richard was promoted to his current position of Public Works Inspector in the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department, and assumed responsibility for field inspections of capital improvement projects, subdivisions, and encroachment permits.

Richard has spent the last several months training C-Set workers in the performance of concrete construction that includes the repair of curbs, gutters, and sidewalks.  His crew was also responsible for installing concrete bench pads at Centennial Park.

Richard and his wife Judy enjoy vacationing in Nevada and visiting family in Arizona.  They live alone with their dogs.

Richard appreciates receiving this recognition, and is grateful for the years he has worked at the City of Porterville.
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January 2010 Employee of the Month
Gregg Kroutil

Gregg Kroutil was born in Oklahoma, but moved to Porterville at a young age. He attended elementary, junior high, and high school here in Porterville. Shortly after receiving his high school diploma, Gregg joined the United States Navy. He spent three of his six-year enlistment stationed overseas in Sasebo Japan attached to Amphibious Group Seven.

Gregg is a Veteran of Foreign War, having served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He is a designated Surface Warfare Specialist and has received the Southwest Asia Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, and two Navy Achievement Medals along with two Letters of Commendation from the Commander Amphibious Group Seven Southwest Asia. He received an honorable discharge in January 1993.

Gregg owned and operated King Electric Motor and Pump Service of Porterville for several years before selling the business. Shortly thereafter he opened California Auto Rental and Sales of Porterville. He ran the business for a few years before deciding that he really wanted to be a firefighter.

Gregg graduated from the Porterville College Fire Academy in January 2006. During the last several weeks of the academy, he spent every spare moment at the Porterville Fire Department learning how they conducted their day-to-day routines. He was hired as a reserve firefighter in February 2006. In May 2006, Gregg was hired full time as a provisional firefighter. Then in February 2007, he was hired as a regular, full-time firefighter.

In the short time he has been with Porterville Fire Department, Gregg has been instrumental in the forward progress of the department. Specifically, he was the driving force in the design, construction, and installation of the two new Patrol apparatus vehicle mounted fire pump assemblies. He has spent countless hours both on and off duty working alongside Battalion Chief Blasdell in the construction of the Porterville Fire Department Training Classroom from the groundbreaking through the completion of the extensive project.

Gregg has also committed to advancing his professional career through training. He has achieved qualifications as a Confined Space Operator, Hazardous Materials Specialist, and many others. He is a designated Acting Engineer for Engine Pumpers and the Ladder Truck and has accumulated over a thousand hours in that capacity. Gregg has passed the Fire Engineer promotional exam and is on the hire list for consideration when a vacancy becomes available. You can see why his brother, Captain Eric Kroutil of the Porterville Police Department, described him as the hardest working man he knows.

Gregg has been married to his beautiful wife, Kari, for 25 years. They have two amazing daughters, Brittany, 24 years old, and Katelyn, who is 13.

Gregg would like to dedicate this honor to his father who passed away recently. He is directly responsible for making Gregg the man he is today.

2009

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December 2009 Employee of the Month
David Behrens

Dave began employment with the City of Porterville in June 2005 as Assistant Engineer for the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department.  He came to the City after 33 years of land surveying experience at R.L. Schafer & Associates.

Dave works closely with subdivision and other land development projects, which includes checking public improvement plans, final maps, parcel maps, lot line adjustments, parcel mergers, and preparation of property legal descriptions.  His land surveying skills are highly valued and he has been involved in teaching these skills to co-workers in a survey crew environment.

Dave is competent in GPS/Trimble and TOPCON data collection systems, and works extensively on City projects requiring design from field topography.  He is also experienced in concrete curb and gutter design and staking, as well as problem solving unforeseen issues in the field.

Dave has lived in the Terra Bella/Porterville area his entire life. He enjoys singing in his Church Choir, working in the garden, and playing with his grandson.  Married for 37 years to Vikki, who is a first grade teacher at Belleview School, they take pleasure in traveling to the Oregon coast as much as possible.  Dave and Vikki have three adult children.

Dave has also been a participant of the Employee Incentive Program since his arrival at the City, riding his bike to and from work almost everyday. Sponsored and funded by Tulare County Association of Governments through their “Make a Difference in Air Quality” program, Dave has earned over $630 in award gift cards. That’s more than 1,890 daily round-trip rides on his bicycle. “Green Dave” has been seen airborne across the Rite-Aid parking lot on several occasions and wife Vikki is plugging a local reality show called “Riding with Dave.”

Dave is a highly skilled, integral part of the Public Works Department, so join me in congratulating Dave Behrens, the December 2009 Employee of the Month, for his service to the City of Porterville!
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November 2009 Employee of the Month
Captain Dave LaPere

We are pleased to introduce to you the November 2009 City of Porterville Employee of the Month, Dave LaPere.

Dave started his career with the Porterville Fire Department as a Reserve Firefighter in 1989.  In 1990 he was offered a full-time Firefighter position, and rose through the ranks to become Captain in 2007, currently serving as the Fire Department’s Deputy Fire Marshal in the Fire Prevention Bureau.

He was selected as the City of Porterville Employee of the Month due to his “can do” attitude and diligence in working with not only City staff in other departments, but also contractors, architects, and developers on issues that arise during plan review and construction of projects.  He was instrumental in the finalization of the new Church of the Nazarene, Sears, and Vallarta Market, just to name a few.  He has also assisted local restaurants in becoming compliant with the new State law requiring the retrofitting of Hood and Duct Suppression Systems throughout the City.  David also made it possible for the Fire Marshal to spend a great deal of his time in the construction of the new training facility by not only continuing with his own duties, but also taking on most of the Fire Marshal’s duties.  He is a great asset to the Fire Prevention Bureau.
 
In his free time, Dave is a voracious reader, and enjoys subjects as varied as history, anthropology, biographies of great statesmen, and the Fire Code.  He is a certified Fire Prevention Officer with the State, as well as a Certified Fire Officer.  He is working on his degree at Porterville College along with additional classes with the goal of becoming a certified Prevention Specialist, Plans Examiner, and Fire Marshal.

Dave has been married to JoJeana for 22 years. They have two daughters, Megan and Madison.

Let’s give a big welcome to the November 2009 City of Porterville Employee of the Month, Dave LaPere.
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October 2009 Employee of the Month
Detective Chris McGuire

Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Detective Chris McGuire as the Employee of the Month for October 2009.

Detective McGuire has been in the law enforcement profession for nine years, the last two years working for the City of Porterville.  During Detective McGuire’s career, he has received several commendations related to his work productivity, the quality of service he has provided, and for the overall strong devotion, commitment, and work ethic that he displays each and everyday.

Detective McGuire received recognition from the California Highway Patrol twice during his career for his work related to combating auto thefts in the communities he has served. This recognition came in the form of being awarded the “10851 Pin,” which is an accomplishment that few in the law enforcement profession ever attain.

The Porterville Police Department, recognizing the quality of work performance that Chris McGuire possessed, found him to be the natural fit for a newly-formed auto theft taskforce to combat auto theft in Tulare County.  In April 2008, Detective McGuire was assigned to TRATT (Tulare County Reduce Auto Theft Taskforce) which was formulated at the direction of the Tulare County Police Chiefs’ Association and overseen by members of the California Highway Patrol.

Since the inception of the taskforce, this group has made a significant impact in reducing the number of auto thefts that occur each year in our county.  In 2006, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Tulare County was ranked third nationally with respect to auto thefts.  In 2008, Tulare County’s ranking is 11th nationally with 1,221 less auto thefts reported.  It is obvious that the efforts of this group are having an impact on reducing auto thefts in our community. Thus far in 2009, TRATT has recovered 222 stolen vehicles, has arrested 149 persons responsible for committing auto thefts, and shut down 19 chop shops. The city of Porterville has seen a 19% decline is auto thefts since TRATT was formed, and Detective McGuire has been a vital part of the overall success of the program.
Detective McGuire is also a member of the Department’s S.W.A.T. team and recently completed a two-week tactical school, which is required of each team member.

Detective McGuire is a 1997 Monache High School graduate and received his A.A. Degree from Porterville College in 2004.

Chris is married to wife Roberta, and they have four children, Leah, Spurgeon, Max, and Teagan.

Chris is the son of Larry and Kay McGuire, which explains the strong work ethic and value system that Chris displays each day.

Please join us in congratulating Detective Chris McGuire, our October Employee of the Month!
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