Yuma County recognizes 2016 Employee of the Year & Safety Excellence Award recipients
The Yuma County Board of Supervisors and County Administrator announced the 2016 Employee of the Year (EOY) during a Special Session of the Yuma County Board of Supervisors this evening, held at the Yuma Civic and Convention Center.
The County made the award to Nancy Gray Eade, Conciliation Court Manager with the Superior Court, for providing exceptional service to the citizens of Yuma County.
Eade, an employee of the County for over 5 years and as a contractor for 12 years, was selected her service working with the Law Library. On top of her Conciliation Court duties, Nancy assumed a major role in providing leadership and services in the Yuma County Law Library. Her responsibilities included staffing the Law Library; enhancing self-service resources; meeting with stakeholder groups; and focusing on public outreach through the Yuma County Bar Association, Community Legal Services, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Legal Services and the Yuma County Library.
Nancy’s positive and flawless work ethic, reflected in all of her work, made her a stand out in the decision-making process of awarding the EOY.
The County’s “Merit Award System Board,” appointed by the County Board of Supervisors, selected Eade out of 5 candidates demonstrating cost savings, exceptional community service and promotion of the County’s core values.
The Yuma County Board of Supervisors accepted the board’s selection and awarded Eade a plaque and $1,000 (after taxes). The remaining nominees split an additional $1,000.The Yuma County Board of Supervisors also decided the recipient of the 2016 Yuma County Safety Excellence Award. The Safety Excellence Award is both a quarterly and annual award. The Safety Excellence Award Committee screens all nominations and forwards the final candidates to the Yuma County Merit Award Board. From there, the Merit Board reviews and makes a final recommendation of the award winner to the Board of Supervisors.
The County selected Jeffery Weeks, Enterprise Storage Systems Manager with the Information Technology Services Department, as the Safety Excellence Award winner.
Weeks was instrumental in the acquisition and installation of a modern temperature regulation system for Health Department vaccines. The Yuma County Health District stores between $650,000 and $1.7 million worth of vaccine on a regular basis. The Health District procured $11,000 in grant funding to institute an electronic monitoring system for the vaccines. Staff met with Jeff to explain the urgency of the project and the fact that a proactive mitigation solution would help avoid significant financial losses and prevent the disruption of a valuable community service. Weeks became the project manager and completed work that would have normally been performed by an outside consultant for a significant fee.
Weeks’ work with state and federal agencies, vendors and Health District staff ensured the success of the program and compliance with the Center for Disease Control best practices.
As winner of the 2016 Yuma County Safety Excellence Award, Weeks received a plaque and $250 (after taxes).