NewsNet - 2017 in Review (Part 3 - Employees/Departments)

As 2017 is coming to a close, NewsNet this week is looking back at some of the accomplishments and fun things that happened in the City of Tucson this year. Today, we have a special edition that focuses on employee/department recognition (with the original story date added). We hope you enjoy seeing these stories again.

City Wins National Budget Award (2/9/17)
The City of Tucson is receiving national recognition, winning an award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for Tucson's Office of Finance/Budget reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The GFOA is a major professional association serving the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and finance practitioners.

City Court Judge Named Judge of the Year - The Arizona Judicial Branch recently named Tucson City Court Judge Michael Pollard as Judge of the Year as part of its Distinguished Service Awards. The awards honor individuals, projects, and teams who have made outstanding contributions to improving public trust and confidence in the Arizona court system. In addition to his regular court duties, Pollard also oversees the Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court, which gives veterans a diversion program to clear their criminal records. For an in-depth look at Veterans Court and its mentoring program, please watch the Tucson 12 video below.

Tucson Transportation Wins State Public Works Award (8/8/17)
The Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association recently awarded its 2017 Outstanding Public Works Employee award to Fred Felix, engineering administrator for the City of Tucson’s Department of Transportation (TDOT). Felix has been with the City for 21 years, serving as TDOT administrator since 2012. He oversees several major transportation projects downtown and along Broadway Boulevard, Grant Road, and 22nd Street. Under Felix's leadership, the Road Recovery bond program repaired more roadway miles than promised to voters in 2012.

Tucson Fire Chief Receives State Honor (9/8/17)
Retiring Tucson Fire Department Chief Jim Critchley was inducted into the Arizona Fire Service Hall of Fame in September. The award from the Arizona State Fire Training Committee was presented in Mesa during the 44th annual Arizona State Fire School, the largest gathering of fire personnel in the state. Watch the City of Tucson video for a look at Critchley's life and career.

Two City Employees Recognized at Council Meeting (10/10/17)
Two employees of the City of Tucson's Environmental & General Services Department (EGSD) were honored at an October meeting of the Mayor and Tucson City Council. Larry Alvarez and Billy Shannon developed cost-saving ideas that will save the City more than $200,000. The Employee Suggested Process Improvement (ESPI) program from the City Manager's Office asks employees to offer ideas to save the City money. If an employee suggests an idea that is accepted and confirmed to save money, that employee gets one percent of the savings.

City's CFO Wins Regional Award (11/2/17)
City of Tucson Chief Financial Officer (CFO)/Assistant City Manager Joyce Garland won the Inside Tucson Business award for CFO of the Year in Government/Education during November's 2017 Executive Excellence Awards at Desert Diamond Casino. Garland is responsible for the management and oversight of the City's structurally balanced $1.43 billion budget, including long-term planning, investments, and debt. She also oversees the City's departments of Human Resources, Procurement, Pension, Internal Audit, and Information Technology.