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November 9, 2004





            A Board of Water Supply employee who improved her department’s efficiency and a police captain who dedicates himself to anti-terrorism training were named this morning (November 9) as the City Employee of the Year and Manager of the Year, respectively, in a ceremony at the Mission Memorial Auditorium recognizing the city’s top employees.


“These two outstanding individuals are the top model employees of our City workforce,” said Managing Director Ben Lee, who presented the recognition awards today.  “They also represent the many other hardworking and dedicated employees who help us serve our citizens 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  They are a big reason why our island community remains special, respected and admired throughout the world.”


            Lyann Okada, the 2004 Employee of the Year, is a Civil Engineer V who is credited with envisioning and creating a more accessible and user-friendly Geographical Information System (GIS) application for the Board of Water Supply.   Through hard work and determination, she tirelessly focused on building a web-based application that interfaced three critical systems:  the GIS, customer accounting, and an electronic document management system.  This web-based application became known as HONU  (Honolulu Online Utilities), a nationally recognized and award-winning program that is helping the Board of Water Supply better serve the community.


            As HONU’s project manager, Lyann enthusiastically trained nearly the entire department in its use.  The result is higher productivity and improved customer service.


Honolulu Police Captain Paul S. Epstein, the 2004 Manager of the Year, is the Honolulu Police Department’s Civil Defense Coordinator and representative for the City’s Emergency Operations Center for natural disasters.  He demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in developing and implementing programs that trained police officers in homeland security, including training in hazardous materials awareness and recognizing and responding to terrorist attacks involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive materials.


 By properly training first responders, and partnering with federal, state, local and the private industry, Capt. Epstein has significantly strengthened the City and its people from terrorist attack.


            Also honored this morning were 22 departmental Employees of the Year (including Ms. Okada), four finalists for Manager of the Year (including Capt. Epstein), 31 Sustained Superior Performance awardees, and six exceptional achievement award recipients.


In addition, recognition was given to employees who worked on seven special city projects:  the Honolulu Mayor’s Clean Team, which maintains City roads, malls and park areas between Richards Street and Aala Park seven days a week; Honolulu City Lights, the popular annual Christmas event at City Hall;  clean-up teams for Manoa flooding and the flooding in Mapunapuna/Moanalua earlier this year; Brunch on the Beach and Sunset on the Beach; and the Fast Track Team, which focused on streamlining the City’s building permit review process.


            Serving on the Mayor’s 2004 Outstanding Employees Selection Committee were:  Wendy Abe, Vice President of Strategic Development, Hawaii Blood Bank;  Roger Godfrey, President, Times Super Market; and Coralie Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Red Cross.




Tuesday, November 09, 2004

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