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City recognizes outstanding employees in Take Pride awards

Yuma, Ariz. - As part of the City of Yuma's semi-annual Take Pride awards, City Administrator Greg Wilkinson honored employees and employee groups for their exceptional work during a ceremony held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, One City Plaza. 

Nominations for the Take Pride awards aim to recognize any individual employee, squad, crew, or combination of staff who worked together within their department or amongst several departments. 

Wilkinson kicked off the awards ceremony with a longevity recognition to honor nearly a dozen current and retired City employees who have dedicated 25 or 30 years to the City, respectfully.

The following are Take Pride categories: 

  • Workplace Excellence
  • Outstanding Leadership
  • Exceptional Teamwork
  • Customer Service
  • Community Involvement

The Exceptional Teamwork category garnered 12 nominations, and the winner is the team spearheading this year's Camp Inferno. The Camp Inferno team, shown in the photo below, led an immersion program for young women (ages 14-18) in the Yuma community who were looking to learn more about possible careers in firefighting and life-safety services. 

The City Administrator's Award, which recognizes employees who perform to a superior level, was awarded to the groups involved in coordinating the Tunes & Tacos Festival, the Fourth of July All-American BBQ and Fireworks Spectacular, and the Back to School Rodeo. 

The semi-annual Take Pride awards exist as a both a bonus program and a way to enhance employee recognition efforts by honoring extra effort such as outside volunteer work.