Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presented seven employees with *Putting Essex County First* Teamwork Awards on August 10th. They are:

Ines Baron, a Social Worker with the Essex County Hospital Center, goes above and beyond the call of duty, whether assisting in residential planning or responding to the financial and emotional needs of patients. This 23-year veteran is a diligent and thoughtful employee.

L. Burroughs joined the Essex County Correctional Facility eight years ago. Serving on the new jail transition team, he was instrumental in planning the move. Today, he operates the facility*s state-of-the art Master Controls computerized security system, and does that job well.

Geno Cantelme is the *go-to computer guy* in the Essex County Division of Training and Employment. Hired six years ago, Geno repairs and maintains the Division*s computer systems. When other departments need help with their computer problems, they often request Cantelme.

Thomas Dello Russo, a member of the Investigation Unit of the Essex County Welfare Division for 10 years, has many talents. He volunteered to do the installation of a new Department of Citizen Services computerized digital photo identification system, often doing the work on personal time.

Barbara Roach is the Administrative Assistant in the Office of Inspector General, which was established by County Executive DiVincenzo in 2002. In this position, she assembled more than 20 data bases, which are used for research by the Office. She is described by her bosses as an innovative self-starter and integral member of the OIG team.

Donald Rolandelli began as a welder in the Essex County Department of Public Works in 1989. His vast knowledge of welding and HVAC systems allows him to do custom metal fabrications and repair boilers, pumps and air conditioners at great savings for the County.

Gina Zullo was hired as a pony-ride attendant at Turtle Back Zoo 18 years ago. Today, she serves as the Curator, overseeing the entire animal collection and keeper staff. She coordinates Docent activities, arranges for State and local permits, develops zoo protocols and does whatever it takes to keep the Zoo running smoothly, often on nights and weekends.

Also recognized for their leadership were Ricky Hunt, a Training Officer with the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center, and Lt. Martin D*Amato, a retired Corrections Officer, who now works at the Detention Center. Hunt and D*Amato were recipients of the Bob Rader Detention Services Worker of the Year Award presented by the National Juvenile Detention Association.