EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO PRESENTS JUNE TEAMWORK AWARDS TO SEVEN COUNTY EMPLOYEES
Award Winners Go Beyond Job Descriptions to Get Work Done
Newark, NJ -
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presented the monthly Essex
County Teamwork Awards to seven Essex County employees during an informal
ceremony Wednesday, June 4th in his office. The employees who were recognized
share several common traits, such as the extra effort they regularly give
to get the job done and their willingness to help other County workers.
have gone above and beyond their job descriptions to make sure Essex County
government works smoothly and our constituents are provided with the services
they need," DiVincenzo said. "The seven employees being honored
today are exemplary employees who not only work hard to fulfill their duties,
but make the extra effort to help their colleagues. They truly deserve the
Teamwork Award," he noted.
The seven people
receiving the Essex County Teamwork Awards for June were:
Fernicola of Belleville has been employed by Essex County for
21 years and currently is a member of the County Administrator's
Staff in the Department of Administration and Finance. He is the
liaison between the Administration and Freeholder Board, and is
responsible for reviewing every item submitted to the Freeholders
Foppiani of Nutley has been a Tree Climber with the Division of
Roads and Bridges in the Department of Public Works for two and
a half years. He was recognized for the strong work ethic he employs
after working 25 years in the private sector, serving as a role
model and mentor to younger employees, and never declining an
assignment, even if it is outside his scope of work.
Johnson of Newark started working as a Seasonal Park Attendant for
the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs in 1991
and was hired in 1999 to maintain the Department's offices. Seeking
additional responsibilities, she volunteered to perform clerical
work in the Golf ID Unit and, in 2000, became a full-time clerk
in the Golf ID Unit. She was honored for her hard work and her honesty,
which she exhibited by not accepting payments from golfers to process
ID cards without proper documentation.
Landers of West Orange is a Secretarial Assistant who has spent
29 years working in various departments at the Essex County Hospital
Center. She currently is helping develop the Hospital's Health Information/Information
Management System. She is credited with saving the county thousands
of dollars in consultant fees because of her knowledge of the computer
system and her willingness to help her workmates solve their computer
Michael Loreto of Belleville has been a Corrections Officer at the
Essex County Jail for 20 years. As an Institutional Trade Instructor,
he is responsible for all maintenance matters at the Jail, and works
with County tradespeople and inmates to make sure work is completed.
He also fills in at other posts if his shift is not at full capacity
and still completes his maintenance duties efficiently and on schedule.
Okpareke of Orange is a Workforce Investment Board Planner in the
Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment and
is responsible for creating and overseeing the Adult Literacy Labs.
He was chosen for the award because he "readily lends his skills
and creativity to other staff members as they reorganize the Workforce
Investment Board and establish and manage One-Stop Career Centers.
Williams of Newark is a Senior Clerk-Typist in the Division of Welfare
in the Department of Citizen Services and has been employed by the
County for 31 years. She coordinates the monthly General Assistance
check issuance system, which generates 1,700 checks. When the State
computer system malfunctioned in April and May, Ms. Williams worked
extra hours without being compensated to make sure every client
received their check.
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 June.