Recipients Make Success of Essex County Their Highest Priority

Newark, NJ - Seven employees who have "put Essex County first" were presented with the July Essex County Teamwork Awards by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. during an informal ceremony Wednesday, July 2nd in his office.

"Every month we present these awards, I am impressed by the level of dedication and commitment our employees give to their jobs. The recipients of this month's awards have done an extraordinary job of putting the needs of Essex County before themselves," DiVincenzo said.

Mark Parnes of West Orange, a County employee for almost 25 years, is the Chief Fiscal Officer for the Department of Citizen Services and the Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment. He was recognized for improving the financial management of the DEDTE and accepting responsibility for two of the County's largest departments.

Luis Rodriguez of Scotch Plains is a Principal Engineer in the Department of Public Works and has worked for Essex County for nine years. He oversees many high profile projects and will be the primary contact on the construction of the Animal Hospital and Environmental Center.

Louis Robert Fornoff of Cedar Grove is the Assistant Coordinator to the Personal Assistant Services Program and Data Control Manager for the Office for the Disabled. In addition to helping out wherever he can in the office, he represents Essex County at health fairs throughout the Northeast.
Susan McGinn of Randolph, who has worked for the County for 32 years, supervises the Division of Welfare's Quality Assurance Unit and acts as Quality Control Liaison to the State of New Jersey. Under her leadership, the Food Stamp payment error rate for Essex County has decreased to an unprecedented 2.8 percent.
Corrections Officer Rhonda Yates of Newark has worked 14 years for Essex County and currently is assigned to Satellite 7, the women's wing at the Essex County Jail Annex. In addition to her regular duties, she volunteers for the PATCH Program, which allows children to visit their incarcerated mothers for valuable bonding time.
Nicholas DeSantis of Verona has worked in the Treasury Division in the Department of Administration and Finance for 14 years. He was recognized for helping a resident receive a reimbursement from the County College of Morris.
Susan Mitschke of Nutley has worked at Turtle Back Zoo for almost 35 years and is the Animal Health Technician. She helped implement a computerized accounting system and, since she has assumed purchasing duties, there have been no delays in getting food and supplies for the animals at the zoo.

Employees 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 July.
(past awards)