Recipients Personify Spirit of Award, Serve as Role Models for Co-Workers

Newark, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presented seven County employees with Essex County Teamwork Awards for September during an informal ceremony Wednesday, September 10th in his office.

"The employees we are recognizing this month exhibit the true spirit of the monthly teamwork award," DiVincenzo said. "They interact well with their colleagues and serve as role models for other employees," he added.

Employees receiving the Teamwork Awards for September are as follows:
-Martin D'Amato of Colonia has worked 32 years in Essex County government and currently is a member of the maintenance team at the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center. He sacrifices his off hours when responding to problems at the facility and "builds team spirit by encouraging his co-workers."
-William Evans of Plainfield is the Chief Inspector of Mosquito Extermination in the Division of Environmental Services, Department of Public Works and has been an Essex County employee for 28 years. Controlling the mosquito population is a tremendous year-round task and has been more challenging this year because of the heavy rainfall. In spite of this, Mr. Evans is a dedicated employee who has handled his workload without complaint.
-Officer Mercedes Guarda of Belleville has worked at the Essex County Jail Annex for 15 years and has earned high marks for being fair, patient and consistent with inmates and her work colleagues. She is an asset to the Department of Corrections and is considered to be a role model.
-Nicholas Maddaloni of Glen Ridge is the Chief Sanitation Officer for the Essex County Department of Health and Rehabilitation and has been a County employee for 13 years. When the State announced it would inspect the County Right to Know Program for the first time since 1992, Mr. Maddaloni met with the inspector and took the lead to ensure the County was in compliance with all State guidelines.
-Patricia Sedicino of Bloomfield has been a member of Essex County government for 38 years, rising from Clerk-Typist to her current position as Principal Buyer in the Purchasing Office of the Department of Administration and Finance. She readily accepts more responsibility and "transmits her energetic, professional demeanor to co-workers, constituents and vendors."
-Michael Tuozzolo of Bloomfield has been a Park Caretaker with the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs for 32 years and has tended to Branch Brook Park the entire time. He was recognized because of his dedication on a daily basis and his "attitude that promotes teamwork."
-Pauline Lawrence Wong of East Orange has been a Clerk-Typist in the Division of Training and Employment, Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment, for the past two years. She is recognized as someone who pays close attention to detail and is very self-motivated to complete her tasks.

Supervisors and Department Directors from each of the County's seven departments nominated employees for this award. The employees exemplify the County Executive's goal for a unified, cooperative workforce that provides 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 are on display on the fourth floor of the Hall of Records outside of the County Executive's Office and will remain there during the month of September.
(past awards)