Employee Awards

Every quarter, the District recognizes an employee for exemplary work. At the end of the year, one of the Employees of the Quarter is named the Employee of the Year. These are the highest awards the District gives to its employees. The District also awards teams of employees who perform exemplary work.

Employees are nominated by their peers, and determination of each award is dependent on how their actions meet with the District's Three Pillars of Success.

Three Pillars of Success

  1. Superior Customer Service: Performance, service, products, enhancing customer or community relations.
  2. Optimizing Staff and Infrastructure: Training, leadership roles, optimizing talent, benefits of investing in infrastructure exceed costs, employee creativity and skill to overcome problems. 
  3. Maintain Financial Flexibility: Cost savings, efficiencies in the workplace, quality of District service through idea or invention that saves money or time.

2019 Employee Recognition

Employee of the Quarter for 2019 Q1Employee of the Quarter - Jill Chamberlain

Jill Mosley, Senior Engineer - Facilities Planning

Jill was instrumental in creating a technically advanced pipeline replacement selection tool. The District has never had such a sophisticated tool. Her analytical abilities and leadership skills were instrumental in bringing together an immense amount of data then synthesizing it down to understandable and actionable outputs. This takes technical acumen combined with common sense, understanding of field operations, and sound judgement. Jill demonstrated all of these attributes. She has put systems in place to continue acquiring important data so as time passes the output of the tool will be more accurate, which is critical to the financial success of our business.

Employee of the Quarter for 2019 Q2

Chuck Gehrke, Senior Customer Service Representative - Customer Service

Chuck’s overall knowledge of the District is fantastic, his meter knowledge and water operation information is off the charts when it comes to depth and range. He gets numerous “thanks” and “appreciation” from customers and co-workers for his help, information, and effort. Chuck is a long tenured employee (1989) who will be celebrating 30+ years of service in August. His enthusiasm and dedication for the District and its customers hasn’t wavered.

2019-Q2-Chuck Gehrke

2018 Employee Recognition

Employee of the Quarter for 2018 Q1

Sarah Neighbor, Admin Analyst I in Customer Service

Sarah provides great customer service toward vendors and water customers. She has held several positions at the District and has consistently trained people and taken the lead to help others. In a past role, she built tools to make regular tasks easier and quicker. Sarah is now bringing these attributes to her new position in Customer Service. Congratulations, Sarah!

Jerry Brown and Sarah Neighbor

Employee of the Quarter 2018 Q1

Employee of the Quarter for 2018 Q2

Maria Baritell, Administrative Secretary in Engineering/Safety

Maria has the unusual challenge of providing support for two managers (Engineering Manager and Manager of Health and Safety) and two very different programs, and is able to juggle these responsibilities capably and gracefully. She provides superior customer service both to our internal clients (employees) and external clients (training vendors). She is helpful, goes out of her way to provide satisfactory answers, and always maintains a positive attitude focused on problem solving and meeting overall goals.

Jerry Brown and Maria Baritell


Employee of the Quarter for 2018 Q3

Christina Cullins, Operations & Maintenance Administrative Analyst

Christina has processes in place to streamline annual budgeting, helps facilitate business cases for purchases, and knows where the department stands year-to-date, all while responding to everyone in a timely manner. She is also respectful and professional in internal customer service interactions.

Jerry Brown and Christina Cullins


Employee of the Quarter for 2018 Q4

Deion Gonsalves, Facilities Maintenance Mechanic

Deion exhibits superior customer service in performance (how he does his job, noting that he has many internal customers), in service (providing support) and in enhancing customer service (by working to improve morale) and in enhancing community relations (researching and then returning a lost set of keys to a Rossmoor resident.)

Deion Gonsalves and Jerry Brown

2018 Holiday Luncheon (26)

Employee of the Year - Maria Baritell

2018 Holiday Luncheon (27)

Team of the Year - LVE Prop 1 Funding

2018 Holiday Luncheon (25)