Monthly Teamwork Award is presented for first time

Newark, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presented his first -Essex County Teamwork Award- to seven employees whose service with Essex County ranges from two to 46 years. The first of the monthly awards were presented Wednesday, April 2nd in the Hall of Records.

"Many positive changes have occurred since I took office Jan. 1st, but I could not have done it without the many dedicated Essex County employees. The accomplishments of my administration truly have been the result of a team effort, and I wanted to create something to acknowledge employees for their hard work,- DiVincenzo said. -This is the least I can do to thank them for 'Putting Essex County First' and hopefully it will inspire their co-workers to achieve higher standards."

Receiving the awards for April 2003 are:

Todd Anthony Barcliff
Todd Barcliff

Corrections Officer Todd Barcliff from Newark. Mr. Barcliff has been appointed as an Expeditor, and is responsible for troubleshooting criminal case issues regarding an inmate's term of incarceration and terms of release, and working with other agencies to ensure cases move efficiently through the court process. He has maintained a perfect attendance record while being employed by the Department of Corrections for the last six years.

Andrew Connolly
Andrew Connolly of West Orange is an Executive Assistant II in the Department of Administration and Finance, where he is in charge of all fiscal pension functions. A County employee for 31 years, Mr. Connolly was nominated because he has -always been there for the County employees during their time leading up to their retirement.
Victor Klein of Maplewood has been employed by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs for the last 34 years. Stationed at the greenhouse in Branch Brook Park, Mr. Klein is responsible for designing and planting all outdoor landscaping and flower arrangements in the Essex County Park System. Essex County's -Green Thumb,- Mr. Klein raises about 22,000 annuals from seed and plants them in more than 50 flowerbeds.
Victor Klein

  Victor Klein
Natasha Mayes of East Orange began her career with Essex County nine years ago as a Program Monitor and has been promoted to her current position as Program Development Specialist with the Division of Community Action in the Department of Citizen Services. She oversees a program that helps families with emergency rental and mortgage assistance, food and emergency shelter as well as the Continuum of Care Program, which provides organizations with funding to build or renovate transitional housing for the homeless.

   Natasha Mayes

Muriel Moore
Muriel Moore of Newark has been a clerk-typist for the Director's Office in the Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment for two years. She was nominated because she possesses exceptional customer service skills and her communicative skills are complimented by everyone she interacts with

Irene Smith
Irene Smith of Montclair is the Supervisor of Patient Accounts at the Essex County Hospital Center and has been employed by Essex County for 34 years. She is responsible for the Patient Banking System, valuables and monthly fiscal reports. Ms. Smith has donated supplies to patients and has coordinated charity drives to collect clothing for patients. She has been awarded the County Perfect Attendance Award 12 times since the program was started in 1988.
Willie Sumlar of Orange is a General Maintenance Worker and Handyman at the Hall of Records and has been employed by the Department of Public Works for 46 years. He was nominated because -his attendance record is impeccable and you would be hard pressed to find anyone … that has anything but praise for his professionalism and personality
  Willie Sumlar

Employees from each of the County's seven departments were nominated by their supervisors or Department directors for this monthly award. The employees exemplify the County Executive's goal for a unified, cooperative workforce. Employees who were honored were invited to attend an informal reception in the County Executive's Office where they received a citation from the County Executive. Pictures of the winners were hung on the fourth floor of the Hall of Records outside of the County Executive's Office and will remain there during the month of April.