Ventura County Public Works Agency Announces 2019 Employee of the Year Winners
By: Ventura County Public Works Agency
Marco Reyes and David Hazen from Water and Sanitation, and Karen Goodman from Engineering Services were honored as the winners among 10 other nominees.
Goodman, who currently serves as Supervising Contract Support Specialist, uses her initiative, patient demeanor and attention to detail to run her high stress position. In that capacity, she provides administrative support services for consultant contracts executed by the public works agency, including: reviewing contracts, verifying standards and procedures are being followed, organizing and creating annual contracts, working with consultants and project managers to establish rates, execute contracts, and administer work orders and invoices.
"I was grateful for the consideration,"
Reyes currently serves as a Water/Wastewater Services Worker II where he's responsible for helping customers with the move in-move out process, meter reading, fire hydrant, facility and equipment maintenance. However, he credits his department for the nomination.
"I am surprised and honored to be recognized,"
David Hazen is a longstanding veteran with 38 years of working experience at the County of Ventura and is currently the Superintendent for the County of Ventura Waterworks District. He handles a crew of 21, who work to operate and maintain the public water system in the City of Moorpark and the communities of Somis, Lake Sherwood, and Bell Canyon.
"I'm very humbled by this award because I do the best job I can. I'm proud of my crew because they are starting to see themselves as professional water distribution operators, not just maintenance workers," said Hazen. "I constantly remind them of the importance of their job in providing clean, safe drinking water to the customers we serve, and encourage them to take pride their work."
Nominees for the annual award were chosen by peers who had to select an office employee, an operations & maintenance employee, and a manager in their respective departments. Other nominees included are: Yvette Perez, Duane Foster, Chris Hooke and William Alonzo (Transportation)