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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2002

 

CITY HONORS EMPLOYEE, MANAGER OF THE YEAR

           A dedicated paramedic with the Department of Emergency Services (EMS) and a hard-working Parks Department personnel and management chief were announced this morning (November 13) as the City Employee of the Year and Manager of the Year, respectively, in a ceremony at Honolulu Hale recognizing the city’s top employees.

           “These two outstanding individuals represent the best of the best in our City workforce,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.  “It takes a dedicated and skilled team to run our City and provide for the health, safety and basic needs of our citizens 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  That is why I so deeply appreciate all of the outstanding employees who are being honored today.”

            Ian T.T. Santee, the 2002 Employee of the Year, is a Mobile Emergency Care Specialist who was selected by the State Department of Health as the State of Hawaii’s Outstanding Mobile Intensive Care Technician for 2002.  An exceptional employee, he volunteers his time and devotes many hours as the EMS Division’s webmaster, and dedicates long hours to training other paramedics and prospective paramedics at Kapiolani Community College.  He is also a First Aid and First Responder instructor and volunteers with the American Heart Association as a CPR and Automated External Defibrillator instructor, and with the American Red Cross and National Safety Council as a Community First Aid and Safety Instructor.

            Gary B. Cabato, who heads the Parks Department’s Personnel Services and Management Services Divisions, is the Manager of the Year for 2002.  He was assigned to lead both divisions after their respective chiefs retired within the past six months, in addition to fulfilling his responsibilities as Assistant Park Maintenance and Recreation Services Administrator, which requires that he inspect City park facilities weekly. Gary works 16-hour days, and consistently shows up on Saturdays and Sundays.  He is regarded as the department’s “Superman and Go-To Person” because of his dedication, ability to work with people and his excellent time management skills.  His development of a vehicle fleet inventory replacement schedule is commendable and will provide long-term benefits to the department.

           Also honored this morning were 22 departmental Employees of the Year (including Mr. Santee), four finalists for Manager of the Year (including Mr. Cabato) and 18 Sustained Superior Performance awardees.  In addition, on October 17, at the Mayor’s 2002 Awards Breakfast, 29 employees were recognized for 35 years of service and 159 for 25 years of service. 

            Serving on the Mayor’s 2002 Outstanding Employees Selection Committee were Robin Companiano, President and CEO of AIG Hawaii; Carl Takamura, Executive Director of the Hawaii Business Roundtable;  Donna Goth, President of Aina Nui Corporation; and Arlene Nakamoto, Executive Vice President of Customer Delivery for American Savings Bank.

 

 

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Thursday, November 14, 2002

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