Miami Beach Personnel Board Awards Employees at City’s Birthday.
The City of Miami Beach takes pride in having exceptional employees that display passion, dedication and integrity for the work that they do.
Employees who have made a difference to the Miami Beach community in 2013 were honored at the city’s 99th birthday celebration. Each of the awardees was actively involved in fostering exemplary performance in their respective departments through their own actions.
“The award winners exemplify excellent customer service,” said Gabriel Paez, chairperson, Miami Beach Personnel Board. “And, providing good customer service is what being a city employee is all about.”
Employee of the Year: Lourdes Rodriguez, Procurement, established a significant number of contracts, completed extremely technical acquisitions and facilitated operational efficiencies such as a centralized system of all cooperative contracts utilized by all city departments.
City Betterment: Julio Blanco, Miami Beach Police, significantly reduced illegal dumping by “dumpster diving” to pinpoint culprits. It has helped the city recover thousands of dollars in fines and cleanup costs.
Beyond the Call of Duty: Thomas Fleischhauer, Miami Beach Police, heroically rescued over 30 passengers in the water whose boat had submerged, and on a separate occasion saved a teen’s leg that was lodged in a vessel’s propeller.
Customer Service: Jorge Hernandez, Code Compliance, received praise by an Ocean Drive café owner for his professionalism and stellar customer service, despite issuing him a fine violation.
Community Volunteer Award: Ysidro Llamoca, Miami Beach Police, consistently fostered positive, respectful relationships with the homeless that resulted in successful shelter placements and receiving appropriate treatment.
One Team, One City Award: Fourteen employees from Code Compliance, Building and Sanitation staff volunteered to assist a disabled resident on fixed income with bringing her property up to code.
Miami Beach Personnel Board recognizes employees for special awards annually. Board members are appointed by the Mayor and Commission to approve, disapprove and amend the classification plan, the Personnel Rules, and qualifications to be met by applicants for a classified position.