Dedicated Workers Can Serve as Role Models for Their Peers

Newark, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presented the Essex County Teamwork Awards to one employee from each of the County's seven departments during an informal breakfast ceremony Wednesday, May 7th.

"These employees exemplify the hard work and personal stake County employees should have in their work. They regularly go above and beyond what is expected of them," DiVincenzo said. "The employees we highlight each month deserve to be recognized because of the positive difference they make in the work place and for our constituents. They are role models for their peers," he added.

The seven people receiving the Essex County Teamwork Awards for May are:

Damary Badillo of Caldwell only has been employed by the County for two years, but has made a positive contribution to the Division of Community Health as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of Special Child Services. She also acts as a volunteer Spanish translator for the entire Division and, shortly after she was hired, took on extra work when a co-worker went on a five-month leave of absence.
Gerry Grande of Belleville is an Equipment Operator with the Division of Environmental Services in the Public Works Department. He has been employed by the County for 20 years. Mr. Grande was transferred to his current assignment in January and has been an energetic employee and leader in his new assignment.
Lt. Lester Lockhart of Newark has been employed for 23 years at the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center in Newark. Lt. Lockhart is assigned to the First Tour of Duty at the facility and is responsible for assigning officers, conducting evaluations and monitoring the movements of juvenile detainees. He volunteers for special programs and works additional shifts so programs do not have to be cancelled.
John Manganiello of West Orange has been employed by the County for 16 years in the Division of Housing and Community Development in the Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment. He is responsible for monitoring and evaluating compliance for a variety of programs, and interacts with participating Essex County municipalities and grantees, and has been commended by Federal regulators for his excellent reports.
Emil C. Nardone of Colonia is the Chief Investigator in the County Counsel's Office and has been employed by the County for 17 years. He was nominated because "any and all assignments given to him, whether in his job description or not, are met with enthusiasm and competence." Among his regular duties are claims investigations, acting as librarian and relocation supervisor.
Officer John Walker of Montville, is responsible for the care, custody and control of problematic offenders at the Jail Annex in North Caldwell. Officer Walker has been employed by the Department of Corrections since 1998. He was nominated for the award because of his outstanding interpersonal skills with other officers and inmates. He also is a member of the Special Emergency Response Team.
John Warchol of Livingston is the Principal Artificial Ice Rink Refrigeration Engineer at South Mountain Arena in West Orange and has been employed by the County's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs for 45 years. Mr. Warchol plans his vacations and personal commitments around events at the rink. He was a member of the 1963 USA National Ice Hockey Team and from 1966 to 1984 was the Ice Hockey Recreation Supervisor and Director of the County's Summer Ice Hockey School

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 May.
(past awards)