January 7, 2005
Joe Muna, a Scottsdale equipment mechanic, was given this year’s Herbert R. Drinkwater Award on Thursday for his work helping disadvantaged children and others.
Muna works in the city’s municipal services department and was recognized at the City Manager’s Awards of Excellence ceremony at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.
The Drinkwater award, named after the late popular four-term mayor, is given annually to the city employee or employees who set an "outstanding example" through serving others, the city said.
"Joe has touched many lives . . . with his selfless dedication and compassion. He has been an active volunteer and advocate for young and old for many years," Mayor Mary Manross said.
Muna coaches wrestling to children and collects donations to purchase hearing aids and eyeglasses for the poor and elderly through the Lions Club, the city said.
The award winner is decided by a panel of past winners, said Scottsdale spokesman Mike Phillips.
Rick Pence, the city’s solid waste director, and Bill Murphy, the city’s parks/grounds management director, were named recipients of the Bill Donaldson Award. Named after a former city manager, the award goes annually to an employee or group of employees who show great vision and innovation, help others through humanitarian efforts and work as team builders.
Scottsdale also announced winners in its City Manager’s Awards of Excellence program. The individuals and department members were honored for exhibiting traits embodied in eight employee values, the city said.
"Plan and Innovate:" Irrigation control technician David Pratt and police officer Owen Keefe.
"Listen, Communicate, Take Action:" Members of the city’s Solid Waste Management Division: David Bennett, Deborah Miles and Oscar Espinoza.
"Respect the Individual:"
Communications dispatcher Monty Thomas.
"Collaborate as a Team:"
Members of the Burglary Unit/Repeat Offender Program Unit and the Crime Analysis Unit of the police department: Aaron Henderson, Akil Davis, Brad Conley, Brent Vahle, Derek Litchfield, Gary Thornton, Jeff Hawkins, Rob Hoskin, Keith Swanson, Matt Evans, Mike Whitcomb, Ron Lugay, Tom Kane, Jackie Churchill, Craig Chrzanowski, Luis Colon, Lupe Gutierrez, Mary Kirkwood, Nancy Mitchell, Scott Peacock and Eric Rasmussen.
"Learn and Grow Continuously:" Technology specialist Shirley Irwin.
"Focus on Quality Customer Service:" Equipment operator II Andrew Stockley.
"Be Accountable and Act with Integrity:" Members of the Financial Services Accounting Division: Ginger Rogers, Kathy Shumard, Kay Michie, Rosemarie Bell and Cherise Moss.
"Show Caring and Compassion for Others:" Information systems tech supervisor Joseph Stowell.