The City of Mukilteo created an Employee Recognition Program in 2015 to celebrate the contributions of city employees and recognize excellence in public service. Mayor Jennifer Gregerson recently recognized Community Service Officer-Ranger Peg Bohan as the 2016 Employee of the Year, and Assistant City Engineer Andrea Swisstack as the 2016 Supervisor of the Year, the City’s first such awards.
“Every day, our city is enriched by the contributions that our city employees make to keep us safe, improve our community and provide excellent public service,” said Mayor Jennifer Gregerson. “Peg and Andrea have both gone above and beyond to serve our community and their fellow employees.”
CSO-R Peg Bohan was recognized for her work in creating a junior ranger academy at Mukilteo Elementary School, developed a hiking 101 course in Big Gulch and Japanese Gulch, is a key member of the parking program team, and provides world class customer service on a daily basis.
Assistant City Engineer Andrea Swisstack was recognized for her consistent positive outlook, directness, and willingness to tackle difficult tasks. Andrea leads by example. She has developed outstanding communication between the Planning and Public Works Department during the development review process, allowing support staff of both departments to more effectively work with applicants to ensure their projects are reviewed swiftly, accurately, and fairly. Andrea juggles a heavy workload, including capital project management, the Pavement Preservation Program, Traffic Calming, and more in the Engineering Department.
In addition to the these employee recognition awards, the Mayor recognized School Resource Officer Alicia (“AJ”) Dodds and Fire Captain Blake Engnes as the Employee and Supervisor of the 4th Quarter of 2016.
SRO AJ Dodds created the SRO program for the City, and has taken the initiative to build relationships with staff, students and parents at all schools within City boundaries. She volunteers for patrol shifts when schools are on break to help her fellow officers. Her problem solving, threat assessment and relationship building skills earned her this award.
Fire Captain Blake Engnes provided extraordinary leadership to his crew, and provides excellent public service that fulfills the vision of the Fire Department. During a specific response to an emergency situation, he empowered his crew to go above and beyond their normal responsibilities to take care of 3 young children, providing dinner and teddy bears before family members could respond.
The City has recognized employees and supervisors with a quarterly award since the 3rd Quarter of 2015. A team of managers, city employees, the Human Resources Manager and Management Services Director meet quarterly to hear nominations and recommend two deserving employees for recognition by the Mayor. Plaques honoring Employee and Supervisor of the Quarter and Year are on display in the lobby of City Hall.
The City of Mukilteo employs 128 people across seven city departments, under the direction of Mayor Jennifer Gregerson.