EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO RECOGNIZES SEVEN EMPLOYEES WITH TEAMWORK AWARDS FOR AUGUST
Recipients Ensure Smooth Operation of Government Services
Newark, NJ -
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presented seven County employees
with Essex County Teamwork Awards for August during an informal ceremony Wednesday,
August 13th in his office.
of County employees is an unknown story that I am trying to tell by presenting
our monthly Teamwork Awards," DiVincenzo said. "Our employees really
enjoy performing public service and regularly go beyond their scope of work
to get the job done," he added.
Chamesian of Cedar Grove has been a Principal Engineer in the
Department of Public Works for the past four years. He is responsible
for the rehabilitation of Riverbank Park in Newark and Verona
Park, as well as the installation of rubberized safety surfaces
in 12 County playgrounds. An aggressive effort to upgrade the
Essex County Park System has resulted in an increased workload,
but Mr. Chamesian has worked extra time to ensure the job is completed.
Franklin of Newark has worked for Essex County for two and a half
years as an Employment Specialist in the Division of Training
and Employment within the Department of Economic Development,
Training and Employment. Responsible for tracking clients enrolled
in various programs, she is described as a "pleasure to work
with" and her contributions to the office go beyond her job
Susan Hirschhorn of West Orange is an Assistant Administrative Supervisor
of Family Services in the Department of Citizen Services. A County
employee for 33 years, she helped create new policies and procedures
when Essex County's General Assistance caseload increased from 600
to 2,200 after assuming responsibility for East Orange's cases.
She also managed the County Food Stamp Office on her own earlier
in 2003 after the senior assistant administrator and another assistant
Mercado Jr. of Newark has worked for the Essex County Department
of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs for seven years and currently
is the foreman at West Side Park in Newark. In his three years as
foreman, he has helped improve the condition of the park and has
taken his job to heart by relocating into Newark's South Ward neighborhood
where the park is located.
Onjian of Belleville has spent 31 years providing care to patients
at the Essex County Hospital Center. Currently Head Nurse at the
on-site Patients' Clinic, she acts as the liaison between medical
specialists and patients when a patient needs services not provided
by in-house staff. She is known as a dedicated employee who goes
the extra mile.
I. Ramos of Belleville is an Officer in the Scheduling Unit of the
Department of Corrections. A County employee for nine years, she
is responsible for preparing all schedules for the Essex County
Jail and always has shown exceptional judgment when handling the
requests of her colleagues.
Roberts of Stewartsville has been an Essex County employee for 10
years and is a System Analyst in the Office of Human Resources within
the Department of Administration and Finance. She is responsible
for overseeing health benefits for all retired County workers as
well as maintaining records for the 4,000 current employees. Her
helpful attitude makes former employees feel like they are still
part of the Essex family.
from each of the County's seven departments were nominated by their supervisors
or Department Directors for this monthly award. The employees exemplify the
County Executive's goal for a unified, cooperative workforce, who emphasize
good customer service. Employees who were honored were invited to attend an
informal reception in the County Executive's Office where they received a citation
from the County Executive. Pictures of the winners were hung on the fourth floor
of the Hall of Records outside of the County Executive's Office and will remain
there during the month of August.