Public Works honors its highest performing employees

Each month, Public Works employees have the opportunity to nominate someone from their department for recognition for exceptional work or service to the public. Then, once a year, the department chooses annual winners from this pool of monthly honorees. On March 20, 11 Public Works employees were honored with the Public Works’ 2011 Year-end High Performance Employee awards.

To select the recipients of the four year-end awards, an employee committee reviewed each of the monthly award winners and selected recipients in one of four categories: Customer Service, Safety, Leadership, Innovation or Outstanding/Peak Performance. Since the award program’s inception in 2005, this program has honored 475 Public Works employees for outstanding work.

2011 Year-end High Performance Award winners

John Beetsch

John Beetsch was honored for his dedication and enthusiasm. For the last 10 years, Beetsch has been a reliable, innovative and diligent employee with Bridge inspection. Most recently, he played an instrumental role in finding a concern on the Plymouth Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River. His investigation and persistence uncovered the corrosion of the post-tension cables. These findings led to the closing of the bridge for safety reasons and showed how he goes out of his way to make Minneapolis a safer place to live.

Ted Miller, Scott Bagley, Keith Stritesky, Richard Schwerke, Kenny Jones, Michael Levitt and James Gill

This team was honored for their quick thinking and follow-through during last summer’s floods. While working on Broadway Avenue North and 2nd Street, these individuals stepped up to rescue a terrified person stuck in a vehicle, divert traffic away from danger, and clear the rising flood waters from the street by clearing out the catch basins.

Stephanie Malmberg and Stephen Ferraro

Stephanie Malmberg and Stephen Ferraro were chosen for their collaboration during the Minneapolis downtown resurfacing projects last summer/fall. Malmberg was responsible for managing the contract, and Ferraro was responsible for construction inspection. As a team, they worked to explore the best options for phasing the paving construction to accommodate traffic flow throughout both the morning and afternoon rush-hours, while remaining mindful of the importance of not sacrificing the quality of the product for which the public is paying. Their work demonstrated initiative and thoughtfulness that helped overcome the downtown traffic challenges such as pedestrians, loading zones, driveways, parking ramps, manholes and private utilities, underground tunnels with occupied work spaces and facilities sensitive to noise and vibration. 

Jerry O'Campo

Jerry was honored for his innovation and skills. Originally asked to help train his co-workers in creating and processing COMPASS account payable functions, O’Campo went above and beyond this task and created a step-by-step training module detailing how to accomplish these crucial functions. As a result, he not only accomplished his original assignment, but also created a procedural document that will be utilized for years to come.

Monthly 2011 award honorees

Listed alphabetically below are all the Public Works employees were honored with a monthly recognition award sometime during 2011.

Scott Bagley
John Beetsch
Al Birr
Aaron Boettcher
Robert Boychuk
Angela Brenny
Judy Brown
Jim Buesing
Mark Burke
Michelle Chavez
Rick Ditty
Brenda Erickson
John Felling
Stephen Ferraro
Millicent Flowers
Nora Gallagher
Thomas Gideo
James Gill
Danielle Hammond
Andrai Harris
Bob Hayhurst
Tina Hebner
Christopher Hemming
Donald Hintz
Laura Hulke
Josh Johnson
Kenny Jones
Jennifer Jordan
Nancy Josie
Scott Kelly
Jason Kugel
Dean Kullhem
Deborah Kullhem
Larry Leaks
Robert Leckey
John Leitschuh
Michael Levitt
Timothy Lundberg
Stephanie Malmberg
Robert Mathews
John McCarthy
Mary Ann Melvin
Ted Miller
Louis Morgan
Larry Myers
Steve Nordmarken
Jerry O’Campo
Theodore Oscarson
Jim Ronning
Janice Saegner
Richard Schwerke
Mike Shockency
Jennifer Smith
Keith Stritesky
Troy Thoreson
Chris Trembath
Lamond Turner
Donald Wajda
Stephen Warnke
Latana Wegner
Charles Westerman
Frank Zaragoza


Published Mar 28, 2012



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