ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO RECOGNIZES COUNTY EMPLOYEES WITH MONTHLY TEAMWORK AWARDS
SEVEN EMPLOYEES RECEIVE MARCH TEAMWORK AWARDS FOR
“PUTTING ESSEX COUNTY FIRST”
The people from left to rigt are:
Margarita Ruiz, Citizen Services
Joyce Cook - February winner
Joan Logan, Div. of Community Health
Nicole Batista, Division of Economic Development
James Bartell - Dept. of Public Works
Gina Montesano, Dept. of Corrections
Jose Castro, Dept of Parks, Recreation and Public Affairs
Newark , NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. presented seven County employees with Essex County Teamwork Awards during a ceremony on Tuesday, March 8, 2004 in his office.
DiVincenzo presented Teamwork Awards to County employees who represent dedication, respect for his or her fellow colleagues and a willingness to take the extra step to do the job well.
“When it comes to customer service, these County employees deserve an A plus, DiVincenzo said, of the March honorees. “I am extremely proud of the many employees who are truly going the extra mile to serve our public with dignity and respect.”
County employees who received March Teamwork Awards are:
- James Bartell joined Essex County in 1992 as a Transportation Analyst in the Division of Planning. Through the years, he has distinguished himself as a leader, a planner and a willing member of the team that Puts Essex County First. His broad range of service to the County now includes having served as Secretary to both the Solid Waste Advisory Council and the Transportation Advisory Board and memberships on the NJDOT and NJ Transit subcommittees for mass transit improvements.
- Nicole Battista has been with the Essex County Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment for the past three years, where she produces and maintains all Unit reports on Welfare-to-Work Program participants. It is through her attention to detail that the Unit maintains accurate and timely records on clients, and through her persistence that the Division has increased the number of training sites for clients.
- Jose Castro serves as Coordinator of Maintenance Services and oversees the day-to-day operation of the Gamefield Crew of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. He has worked for the County the past two decades and lends his expertise to oversee the repairs and maintenance work needed at facilities throughout the parks system. Jose also assists with the set-ups for press conferences and other special events.
- Angel Colon joined Essex County ’s Purchasing Department four months ago, but in a short time has proved his excellent work ethic. On the day the County Executive ’s Office was preparing to mail out invitations for the State of the County address, Angel worked well past 10 p.m. to complete the tedious process. After the postage machine jammed, he left the building, drove to pick up a former workmate who could fix the machine, returned to the Hall of Records, completed the mailing and, took it all to the Newark Post Office for processing.
- Joan Logan has been a part of the Essex County workforce for the past 34 years. While she has worked in various positions at the Essex County Hospital Center , she is currently an assistant secretary and a dedicated employee known to pitch in wherever needed. Joan has a keen and intuitive ability to know what is needed for a project or a meeting. She is a discreet and reliable sounding board and a hands-on County employee who offers positive suggestions relating to the Division.
- Gina Montesano has worked as an Essex County Corrections Officer for the past 10 years. Her regular shift is the 8 am to 4 pm tour, and her primary duties are to interview inmates for entry into alternatives to incarceration, to act as coordinator for Delaney Hall, and to administer the medical classifications of the Jail Annex inmates. Gina is well-respected by her fellow officers, who know that she can be counted on to “step up to the plate” and do her part whenever and wherever needed.
- Margarita Ruiz is a Senior Clerk Typist in the Central Office of the Division of Welfare, Department of Citizen Services, and is an excellent example of a senior administrative assistant. She has been with the County for 14 years, does her work with minimal supervision, multi-tasks with ease and has excellent computer skills that she puts to use assisting other staff members design brochures and forms. She is a leader who reaches out to help, and was one of the employees who led the Agency’s Holiday Fundraisers for Make-A-Wish Foundation and Ronald McDonald House-raising a total of $1,600.