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3rd Quarter Employee Recognition/Accomplishments & Honors - July 26
Posted: September 10, 2013

                     3rd Quarter Employee Awards 
 
Employee of the Quarter Award to Richard Helfst.
 
Richard Helfst, Senior GIS Analyst with the Geographic Services Division of Information Technology for filling in to keep Addressing running.  Even though Addressing is not his normal job, he performed above and beyond expectations by fielding phone calls, supplying information and assigning new addresses, all while performing his regular duties.
 
Supervisor of the Quarter Award to Debbie Fore.
 
Debbie Fore, Landfill Supervisor with the Solid Waste Services Division of Public Works for working to resolve some issues that needed attention in Animal Services.  She set out to create standard operating procedures for cash handling and normal day-to-day functions, helped to transition the staff through the changes and participated in the rescue of a horse which resulted in a $1,000 donation, all while fulfilling her duties at the Landfill.
 
T.E.A.M. of the Quarter Award to the Lake County Fire Rescue Instructors.
 
Charles Blinco, Fire Lieutenant/EMT, Ryan Dupont, Fire Lieutenant/EMT, Robert Fickett, Fire Lieutenant/EMT, Steve LaFleur, Fire Lieutenant/EMT, Dan Miller, Battalion Fire Chief, Jason Rivera, Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic, Robert Staab, Firefighter/EMT, Dane Wilson, Fire Lieutenant/EMTwith the Fire Rescue Division of Public Safety for working to improve the safety of Lake County Firefighters. They developed a forty-hour training program specific to Lake County for all 195 firefighters.  The team spent over 7,800 hours conducting this training over the course of two years, received grants for expensive equipment needed for our fire trucks and taught the classes themselves at a level above the national standard.
 
 
Employee Accomplishments and Honors
 
Jimmy Appoloney –  Jimmy is the Facilities Maintenance Division Manager with Facilities and Fleet Management. Jimmy has excelled in providing great customer service. While serving as interim Fleet Management Services Division Manager, Jimmy also supervised the renovation of and relocation to lease space for the Sheriff’s office, the continuing work on the Courthouse, and the completion of the new Fleet Operations Facility all while continuing to oversee the maintenance of all other County buildings.
 
Niki Booth – Niki is an Office Associate V with the County Manager’s Office. In March of this year, Niki received her Bachelor of Public Administration from Barry University. Congratulations, Niki!
 
Gary England –  Gary is an Extension Agent III with the Agricultural Education Services Division of Public Resources. The National Association of County Agricultural Agents Communication Program recently selected Gary as the national winner of the Published Photo & Caption Award for this entry titled “Freeze Factors”. Way to go Gary!
 
Stephanie Glass – Stephanie is a Teen Court Specialist with the Probation Services Division of Conservation & Compliance. She is involved with many multi-diversified areas and rises to the top of any situation. She is the supervisor of the Teen Court and WILA (Work in Lieu of Arrest) as her primary duties, and she has taken on the management of many grants, including DCF grants and the jail diversion program. Stephanie has also been working with the County Attorney’s Office to appeal billing charged in error to Lake County from the Department of Juvenile Justice. Stephanie is the personification of a dedicated Lake County employee.
 
Elizabeth Heine – Elizabeth is an Internet Applications Developer with the Communications Department. Elizabeth has been recognized for her excellent customer service. She has the ability to listen to her customer’s ideas and translate them from concept into a magnificent product. Anyone who has had the opportunity to work with her on a project always expresses how professional, prompt and wonderful she is to work with.   
 
Aidan Holmes – Aidan is a Data Technician with the Fire Rescue Division of Public Safety. In June, Aidan received the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Security+ Certification, which certifies that Aidan has the knowledge and skills required to address the rise of computer security issues. Great job Aidan!
 
Sandra Rogers – Sandra is a Contracting Officer I with the Procurement Services Division of Fiscal & Administrative Services. In June Sandra received her Certified Professional Public Buyer designation from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council. Certification reflects established standards and a competency for those engaged in governmental purchasing, and attests to the purchaser's ability to obtain maximum value for the taxpayer's dollar. Congratulations, Sandra, for your accomplishment!
Paul Alford for the Library County Library Services Division The Lake County Library System (LCLS) has been named the Lake Technical Center Adult Education’s “2012-2013 Business and Industry Partner of the Year.” On Tuesday, June 18, at Lake Tech’s graduation ceremony in Mount Dora, LCLS was recognized for supporting Adult Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages classes by playing a vital role in improving the employability prospects of those who are under-skilled, unemployed, and underemployed in Lake County. Congratulations to Paul Alford and the Library Services team!
April Brooks and Melonie Hollis – April is an Animal Control Officer and Melonie is an Animal Shelter Technician I with the Animal Services Division of Conservation & Compliance. Recently a family personally wrote a letter of thanks and sent pictures to April & Melonie to thank them for the wonderful experience they had with Animal Services and for taking care of their “Chopper”! Thank you April and Melonie!
Elissa Allison, Amy Hand and Aaron Taylor – Elissa, Amy and Aaron are Library Assistant I’s with the Library Services Division of Public Resources. A patron wrote to express his appreciation for staff at Cooper Memorial Library, particularly Eli, Amy and Aaron. He has a daughter with Down Syndrome and the empathy and sensitivity that these staff members show each time she visits is an excellent reflection of the customer service provided by the Lake County Library System.
Carol Boyle, Linda Lorentz, Todd Thornton and Richard Varner – Carol is an Assessment Specialist, Linda is an Office Associate V, Todd is a Senior Financial Coordinator and Richard is a Senior Budget Analyst, and they are a part of the Budget Services Division of Fiscal & Administrative Services. Lake County received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Award for the Lake County FY 2013 Budget Book, an award the County had not received since 2001. The team implemented a number of improvements and worked very closely with Department financial coordinators in order to provide appropriate direction and guidance, which resulted in a superior Budget Book. This award reflects the commitment of the entire Budget Division in meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. Congratulations to the Budget Services team!
Tommy Carpenter, Rebecca Dodson, Greg Holcomb, Richard LeBlanc, Barbara Lehman, Gus Marquez, Spencer Kostus, Anthony Moore, Binh Nguyen, Laura Nichols, Rob Richardson, Sandra Rogers, Barnett Schwartzman, Kristian Swenson, Todd Thornton, Richard Varner, Nikki Wright and Tracy Zeller – This group represents the Communications Technologies Services and Emergency Management Divisions of the Public Safety Department, the Budget and Procurement Services Divisions of the Fiscal & Administrative Services Department, the Facilities and Fleet Management Department and the Finance Division of the Office of the Clerk of the Courts. This team is a cross-functional workgroup with independent goals who came together to make the Emergency Communications and Operations Center (ECOC) a reality. 
 

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