Ventura County Public Works Agency Recognizes 2022 Top Employees of The Year
Each year, peers recognize fellow employees for their skills and outstanding job performance in the respective categories of operations and maintenance, office, and management
By: Ventura County Public Works Agency
Celebrating 28 years at VCPWA and named Manager of the Year, Rick Cadena was recognized for his work and dedication to customer service. He began his career at VCPWA Watershed Protection as a Maintenance Worker II, working his way through the ranks, and eventually becoming Superintendent. His job's major roles include concrete and fence repair, service road grading and construction, vegetation management, and oversite of 23 PWA staff members.
"I was taught from a young age by my parents and grandparents that you should always come to work and do your job the best you can no matter what it is you do," said Cadena. "It really was a great feeling to have my years of work recognized because I really do enjoy my job, and I really care about providing the best service possible to the citizens of Ventura County."
Awarded the Office Employee of the Year, Central Services' Vimie Alvarez has been with VCPWA for 21 years, creating and developing new systems and automating financial reports to streamline the tedious reporting process. Alvarez also assists Joe Pope, Water and Sanitation Director, in making informed to decisions regarding finances and maintaining consistent cash reserves.
"For several seconds, I was stunned, but got thrilled and exhilarated as I stood up to receive the recognition,"
As a 22-year VCPWA veteran, Manny Romero was awarded Employee of the Year in the Operations and Maintenance category. Romero started at VCPWA as extra help, steadily climbed the ladder, and was recently promoted to Superintendent of Roads & Transportation.
"I am most proud of my pride and perseverance to VCPWA. Job duties can sometimes get monotonous, so being able to persevere through difficult times has matured me both professionally and personally,"