gemThe City of Santa Maria is pleased to recognize as the newest recipients of its Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Award, the Recreation and Parks Department’s Special Events Support Team, of Recreation Supervisor Ryan Heath, Recreation Technician Gabriel Velasco, Laborer III Ronald Medrano, Laborer III Alfonso Morin, and Laborer III Armando Ruiz, in recognition of their role in implementing more than 100 events and programs this year for the City and its partner agencies.  All will receive certificates and recognition at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 1st.

The City is recognizing these employees for their professional, attentive, and cooperative spirit. Each employee is very adept and resourceful. Their work is physically demanding, and often requires last- minute changes and requests. Of those more than 100 events this year, 20 events landed on the same day as at least one other event.  These five employees give up holidays and regular days off to provide excellent customer service to the community. Setting   up   stages,   tents,   tables, chairs, road closures, and street signs are all part of the job. It should be noted that they provide event support in addition to maintaining the graffiti abatement program, shopping cart retrieval program, and the servicing/maintenance of the department’s vehicles and entire equipment and supply inventory.

Criteria for the GEM Award are: Exhibiting effective leadership on specific assignments; demonstrating positive service to a customer or co-worker; going “above and beyond” the call of duty; showing special initiative, creativity, teamwork, cost containment efforts and entrepreneurial spirit in providing a high level of customer service; and consistently embracing the City’s service standards.


Department:                             City Manager’s Office

Contact Person:                        Mark van de Kamp, PIO/Management Analyst II

Telephone Number:                 (805) 925-0951 ext. 372 or 720-4038

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