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Accomplishments & Honors - Fourth Quarter 2012
Mike Amedeo, Eric Anderson, Russell Cheatham, Chris Cuellar, Julie England, Robert Ford, Jack Garofono, Maria Granado, Sharon Hogan, December Johnson, Maci Lowery, Kirsten Mabry, Dolly Malburg, Brian Merkle, Stan Priester, Paul Rogers, Paul Simmons, Johnny Taylor, Kevin White
Posted: October 12, 2012
 
The County Manager's Quarterly Employee Recognition event was held on October 12, 2012.  The following employees received Accomplishments & Honors recognition.
 
Mike Amedeo – Mike is a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Fire Rescue Division of Public Safety.     Recently he committed his vacation to volunteering and driving cross country for the Pink Heals Tour. The Pink Heals tour is a group of firefighters and pink fire trucks dedicated to supporting awareness and support for women cancer survivors and victims’ families. This is the second year Mike has volunteered to drive with the Pink Heals Tour and represented Lake County Fire Rescue.
 
Russell Cheatham – Russell is a Biological Associate with the Environmental Services Division of Public Works. In July, Russell responded to a call from the Minneola City Manager about a prolific mosquito problem in a residential area near a local tire business. He offered several solutions to improve the situation and to monitor the area on a bi-weekly basis.
 
Julie England –Julie is an Extension Agent II with the Agricultural Education Services Division of Public Resources. Julie is the First Place Southern Region Winner AND the First Place National Winner of the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award for her educational programming on financial management. 
 
Maria Granado – Maria is a Community Health Worker Specialist with the Health & Human Services Division of Community Services. She is a recipient of the 2012 LSCC Student Achievement through Perseverance Recognition award and was featured in an article in The Daily Commercial in May. The article praised Maria for her dedication to the community and her educational accomplishments.
 
Sharon Hogan – Sharon is a Stormwater Technician with the Environmental Services Division of Public Works.  A local surveying business owner commended Sharon for the reliable, quick, helpful and very courteous service she has provided over the last several years to his company. 
 
Kirsten Mabry – Kirsten is a Probation Officer with the Probation Services Division of Conservation & Compliance. Kirsten is recognized for exceptional customer service, leadership, and teamwork as a liaison with the Courts, Judiciary, law enforcement and community agencies. She is also volunteers for the Criminal Intelligence and Sex Offender Task force and has consistently supervised the highest probation caseload that includes specialized high-intensity sex offender and mental health cases. She was also recently recognized by the family of one of her clients for the care and respect she showed him.
 
Paul Simmons – Paul is a Planner with the Planning & Community Design Division of Growth Management. At the July 24th BCC meeting, Commissioner Parks informed everyone that Paul was commended by a customer. He explained that the customer was very upset and that Paul had restored the customer’s faith in local government.
 
Johnny Taylor – Johnny is the Hazardous Waste and E-Cycling Supervisor with the Solid Waste Division of Public Works. Johnny is recognized by one of his employees for demonstrating outstanding leadership and guidance in the everyday operations of the Hazardous Waste Section. Johnny’s dedication and focus on the Standard Operating Guidelines include ensuring that employees comprehend the SOGs, and have the right attitude, motivation and communication skills for the operation of the Hazardous center and drop-off sites to better serve customers. 
 
Maci Lowery and Brian Merkle – Maci is a Firefighter/EMT and Brian is a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Fire Rescue Division of Public Safety. A Lake County resident sent a letter of appreciation to Governor Scott for their exceptional service and prompt assistance in helping their family replace their fire detector batteries. The resident stated that his family was most impressed with the sincere feeling the employees gave them that they were there to serve them and that this is a perfect example of the comprehensive government services they receive in the State of Florida.
 
Robert Ford and Stan Priester – Robert is a Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic and Stan is a Fire Lieutenant/EMT with the Fire Rescue Division of Public Safety. A citizen expressed her gratitude for the fastest, kindest, and most professional response she and her husband can imagine, which the team provided when responding to a 2 a.m. call. They listened to her concerns and were able to treat her husband immediately, avoiding a trip to the hospital. 
 
Chris Cuellar, Jack Garofono and Paul Rogers - Chris is a Firefighter/EMT, Jack is a Firefighter/Paramedic and Paul is a Fire Lieutenant/EMT with the Fire Rescue Division of Public Safety. A citizen wrote a letter of appreciation for the service they provided to the citizen and her husband. In addition to their professionalism and quick response, the firefighters also worked out a plan with the family to prevent further incidents. 
 
December Johnson, Dolly Malburg, Kevin White, and Eric Anderson – December is a Scales Attendant II, Dolly is a Landfill Attendant, Kevin is an Environmental Waste Technician, and Eric is a Landfill Supervisor with the Solid Waste Division of Public Works. In late August, a couple had the misfortune of their vehicle breaking down while at the landfill and wrote a letter of appreciation for the compassion they received from the Solid Waste employees. The employees were quick to offer ice water, stopped to offer their assistance, and invited them to wait for the tow truck in an air conditioned building. 
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