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November 6, 2003



          A highly skilled fire fighter and a hard-working Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief were named this morning (November 6) 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 personify the best of our City workforce,” said Managing Director Ben Lee, who presented the recognition awards today.  “They represent the many skilled and dedicated employees who help us provide for the health, safety and basic needs of our citizens 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  They and all of the outstanding employees who were honored today truly deserve our appreciation.”

          Charles W.M. Griep, the 2003 Employee of the Year, is a Fire Fighter III who has been with the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) since March 1994.  He was named the Outstanding Fire Fighter Recruit for HFD’s 74th Recruit Class, earned the Federal Fire Department High Level Performance Award, and graduated with honors in Fire Protection from the U.S. Air Force.

           Firefighter Griep has developed HFD’s Rehabilitation Program, ensuring the physical and mental fitness of fire personnel, which has reduced injuries and Workers’ Compensation Claims.  He has also saved his department thousands of dollars in consultant fees by teaching a Fire and Emergency Services Instructor Level I course, using certifications obtained on his personal time and expense.  His exceptional technical and operational knowledge of fire departments prompted the U.S. Air Force Reserve to select him as Fire Chief at the 624th Civil Engineering Squadron at Hickam Air Force Base.

            Boisse P. Correa, Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief for the Honolulu Police Department (HPD), is the Manager of the Year for 2003.   He oversees the Regional Patrol Bureau, which covers an area from the Windward Coast to the Waianae Coast and Central Oahu.

            Assistant Chief Correa has used his leadership skills to reduce overall property crime in his districts, which had been on the rise the year before.  During his tenure, community partnerships have flourished, with grassroots efforts—such as sign waving and town meetings—taking root against the crystal methamphetamine (“ice”) drug problem.   He has also spearheaded efforts to protect Oahu from terrorist attacks and other catastrophic threats, by securing federal funding to train first responders and enhancing operational and communication compatibility among different agencies.

            Also honored this morning were 22 departmental Employees of the Year (including Fire Fighter Griep), four finalists for Manager of the Year (including Assistant Chief Correa) and 29 Sustained Superior Performance awardees.

 Two Employee Suggestion Winners were recognize, one for a suggestion that resulted in better service to citizens getting a property tax refund and the other for saving the City in paper costs by proposing that construction specifications be placed on electronic disks.

 In addition, 44 City employees received a Mayor’s Special Award for their outstanding efforts earlier this year in helping to remove the aquatic plant Salvinia Molesta from the Wahiawa Reservoir (Lake Wilson), where it threatened an estimated 500 tons of freshwater game fish.  The City’s Salvinia Eradication team went into action almost two weeks earlier than other agencies, often working up to 10 hours a day and six days a week, removed more than 26,000 cubic yards of Salvinia and completed its assignment by mid-April, far ahead of the State’s projections.

             Serving on the Mayor’s 2003 Outstanding Employees Selection Committee were Steven Ai, President and CEO of City Mill; Clint Arnoldus, Chairman/President/CEO of Central Pacific Bank; and Christine Camp Friedman, Managing Director of Avalon Development Company and Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.




Thursday, November 06, 2003

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