City Announces Management Awards for 2013

The City of West Sacramento has announced its management award recipients for 2013, honoring twelve members of the City’s management team. The City named Rick Toft, the Port’s Business Manager, as “Manager of the Year.” Mr. Toft performed outstanding work in the transition of the Port of West Sacramento to a landlord-lessee operation, thereby allowing the Port to reduce its operating expenses. In addition to negotiating the North Terminal Master Lease with SSA Pacific, Mr. Toft generated additional new leases and renewals in raising over $200,000 in Port revenue. He also led efforts to significantly clean up the Port and its surrounding area.

The City recognized four additional managers with Awards of Excellence for particular skills in improving City services and performance:

  • Robert Kahrs, Public Works Maintenance Superintendent, for his skills in responding to equipment performance issues and other emergencies; 
  • Robert Miller, IT Manager, for his assistance on the mobile data computer replacement project, the desktop replacement program, the City cell phone policy, and his commitment to staff development;
  • Patty Mosby, Building Permit Manager, cited for her work ethic and knowledge of the permit system and its history; and
  • Wendy Williams, Senior Civil Engineer, for her dedication to ADA standards and the City’s computer system conversion team.

The City also recognized seven managers with awards of merit:

  • Paul Blumberg, Public Finance Manager, for his effort in saving the City millions of dollars through the refinancing of City bonds;
  • Jay Davidson, Senior Civil Engineer, for his management of the City’s Pioneer Bluff Bridge Project, now under construction. Amid numerous regulatory and funding requirements, Mr. Davidson has kept the project moving effectively forward, with the new span expected to open in November 2014;
  • Randy Goodwin, City Building Official, for his dedication and expertise in completing a series of successful projects;
  • Justine Jimenez, Director of Early Learning Services, for her management of the
    grant-funded Child Signature Program, which serves many preschools and infant
    and toddler programs, in addition to the Learning Ladder and Discovery Preschool programs, which both run at full capacity and are self-funded;
  • Kryss Rankin, City Clerk, for her management of the Fireworks Ordinance and leadership of the City Hall Security Committee;
  • Josette Reina, Administrative Services Manager, for her detailed work in transforming the department’s budget process, and monitoring 26 cost centers; and
  • Robin Sines, Administrative Services Office Manager, for overseeing the department’s records management program, while organizing the department’s move from the first to third floors at City Hall.

Any employee may nominate a manager for an award. A committee selected by the City Manager makes the final selections. The selected managers were instrumental in carrying out the City Council’s vision and implementing its strategic plan for 2013.

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