Congratulations to Sean Hanley, Kelly Hahs and Tony Sheppard, who have been recognized as Ventura County Public Works Agency 2020 Employees of the Year!
Central Services: CJ Farrar
Roads & Transportation: Felipe Gonzalez, Jose Hernandez, and Matt Maechler
Water & Sanitation: Joe Valdivia, David Goldstein, and Jean Fontayne
Watershed Protection: Bruce Rindahl
Operations & Maintenance Employee of the Year
Water Distribution Supervisor, Water and Sanitation
Q: What about your work are you most proud of?
A: I am extremely honored to receive this recognition from the VCPWA Directors, and I am grateful to be considered and nominated by my Water and Sanitation management. All the candidates do such great work that there is a lot of competition. I was excited to be chosen out of such an elite group.
Office Employee of the Year
Water Resource Specialist IV, Watershed Protection
Q: What are your job duties or what you do on a day-to-day basis?
A: The Watershed Protection is the Principal Permittee for the Ventura Countywide Municipal Stormwater Permit. My main duty is to coordinate the Principal Permittee water quality monitoring activities to meet Permit requirements, which include monitoring urban runoff in wet and dry weather and participating in/organizing special studies such as biological assessments. My job includes collecting surface water samples and data from across the County, reviewing laboratory data and reports, conducting data management and analysis, and writing plans and reports. It’s a nice mix of office and field work.
Manager of the Year
VCPWA IT Manager, Central Services
Q: Are there any special skills needed to perform your job?
A: Working at VCPWA is unlike anything I have ever done before. We have 5 vastly different departments that need different technology requirements. So, it is more than just cell phones and computers, it’s being able to solve those business needs through the appropriate use of technology which is a point of pride and critical to success in this job.