The Flagstaff City Manager presented the annual Employee Excellence Awards on Feb. 6. The awards are built around the five values of the city: teamwork, accountability, communication, quality and leadership, and recognize extraordinary employees in each category. The city’s motto is “Service at a Higher Elevation” and the awards are named after the San Francisco Peaks – Fremont, Agassiz and Humphreys.
“I am incredibly proud to be able to work with such a talented, creative and dedicated group of employees,” said City Manager Josh Copley. “Our employees represent one of the finest work forces ever to come together to serve a community.”
Award winners are:
Humphreys Award (Employee of the Year Award)
Gail Jackson, business attraction manager, was presented with the Humphreys award, the highest award given to one employee each year. This award recognizes Jackson for her time as the interim position of assistant to the city manager for a portion of 2017 as well as her efforts in attracting business. During the time she was in the city manager’s office she took on diverse tasks such as establishing the Office of Labor Standards program and leading listening tours to better understand issues for the Native American community in Flagstaff. Jackson worked closely with Flagstaff's state and federal lobbyists to ensure that the city’s legislative priorities were at the forefront. She became an important part of the Leadership Team, the Budget Team.
Agassiz Award for Teamwork – Flagstaff Police Department Detective Division: Anthony Slayton, Brad Conway, Mike Rodriquez, Ryan Turley, Adrian Barreras, Shawn Knott, Casey Rucker, Nick Jacobellis, Eric Carlson, Jared Wotasik, Todd Martinet, Melissa Seay, Ryan Beckman and Ryan Darr
Agassiz Award for Accountability – Charity Lee, real estate manager
Agassiz Award for Communication – Erin Young, water resources manager
Agassiz Award for Quality – Matt Schmidt, police officer
Agassiz Award for Leadership – Parking Team: Karl Eberhard, David McIntire, Deborah Cargill, Gail Brockman, Kevin Dunlap, Bradley Phillips, Brandi Suda, Sandy Corder, Michele Bader, Lorraine Martinez-Buell, Pam Caskey, Mia Trujillo, Trina Begay, Ann Rosell, Sue Miller, Glorice Thousand, Becky Cardiff, Taylor Stapley, Christina Rubalcava, Marianne Sullivan, Rick Compau, Jessica Cortes, Heidi Lofgren, Shalaine Lindley-Bigler, Jen Brown, Chad Smith and Michael Rodgers
Fremont Award for Teamwork – Personal Protective Equipment Group: Marc Goldberg, Katie Brown, Kyle Hiser, Kristina Barnett, Ryan Watkins, Jared Saylor, Colin Challifour, James Devenny and Tanner Callan
Fremont Award for Accountability – Matt Kakert, IT systems administrator
Fremont Award for Communication – Katelyn Bednar, city attorney’s office victim witness specialist
Fremont Award for Quality – Emry Pensinger, parks supervisor
Fremont Award for Leadership – Nick Rullman, library circulation supervisor
Nominations for the awards are provided by citizens, employees and the Flagstaff City Council. This year, nominations were received for more than 50 employees. The city manager makes the final selection.