Continuing our #TeamCity recognition tradition launched in 2020, we recently celebrated 13 outstanding City of Madison employees of various backgrounds for their work in a wide array of services our City provides. These efforts have made a significant impact on City of Madison’s success.#TeamCity August 2023 award winners with Mayor Rhodes-Conway

The #TeamCity Administration Award goes to Mary Richards, the Purchasing Supervisor at Finance Department. She has been working towards making the City’s purchasing processes more equitable, has championed initiatives, and has updated purchasing guidelines to ensure greater diversity and inclusion in the procurement process. She also serves as an active member of the Women’s Initiatives Committee, demonstrating her commitment to promoting gender equity. Mary’s timely, thoughtful, and accurate responses to inquiries help keep the work of all other City agencies moving forward efficiently.

A second #TeamCity Administration Award goes to Renee Endres. Before her retirement, Renee worked as a Human Resources Specialist for Dane County. She approved rate justifications for Limited Term Employees, placed new employees on payroll, and handled internal transfers. She supported other employees through email guidance and by creating detailed pages of instructions with screenshots. She utilized deep experience and knowledge in addition to displaying patience and kindness with internal customers.

The #TeamCity Community Service & Support Award goes to Rachel Davidson. Rachel is a Community Engagement Librarian at Sequoya Library. Rachel started her career as a page at Lakeview Library, and in the decade she has been at Madison Public Library, she has worked as a Clerk, Library Assistant, and now Librarian. She coordinates programs with the library and numerous community partners to create meaningful experiences and events for library patrons. She co-leads the Equity Team that reviews library policies, and works on equity projects within Madison Public Library for both patrons and staff. She listens to patrons and created well-received programs like Free Seed Library and Puzzle Exchange.

The #TeamCity Public Works & Land Use Award goes to Andrew Champeau. Andrew is an Equipment Operator III at the Parks Department and has been employed with the City since 1997. He has worked with Mall, Golf, Forestry, and Cemetery and currently for the Parks Construction unit. His current responsibilities are heavy equipment operation regarding park refurbishment, playground renovation, walking paths, and snow removal. He is the only CDL trainer in the Parks department in the last 14 years. He has trained 30+ people, spent 40-60 hours per person for their training, and has adjusted to varying learning abilities and experiences with every driver.

The #TeamCity Mayor’s Choice Award goes to Dominic Davis. Dominic is a Community Development Specialist and manages grant funding for violence prevention initiatives, and liaises with neighborhood and community centers. He has worked with his team to help organize staff from multiple City departments, and publicize the Parks Alive initiative over the summer, which brought neighbors together to enjoy local parks throughout the City.

The #TeamCity Public Health & Safety Award goes to Sue Juedes and Chelsea Utzerath-Juedes. Sue and Chelsea are both City of Madison Firefighters and are being recognized for their quick and decisive action while returning from visiting family. They noticed a crowd of people standing near a person who had collapsed at a City intersection. Sue and Chelsea quickly realized a medical emergency was happening, stopped to help and assessed the situation. They discovered that the person did not have a pulse, and immediately administered CPR before dispatched units arrived on scene. Thanks to Sue and Chelsea’s courageous efforts, the patient recovered and is doing well.

A second #TeamCity Public Health & Safety Award goes to Monona Terrace Employees. We recognize Monona Catering employees: Barbara Stamps, Ciana Looper-Thomas; and Monona Terrace employees: Jeff Grahler, Adam Weis, Matt Weaver, and Bryan Cator.

These employees collaborated on two separate occasions to assist a young man having a mental health episode on the rooftop to get the help he needed. The response by Monona Terrace, Monona Catering, and the Madison Police Department is a truly stellar example of #TeamCity coordination between departments.

It is always inspirational to recognize and meet with #TeamCity award winners. Their family members, supervisors and colleagues who attend to support them are also really appreciated.

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