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(Thursday, November 19, 2009) --- A musician who used his computer skills to improve the efficiency of the Royal Hawaiian Band and a leader who worked to improve the health status of our kupuna were named this morning as the City Employee of the Year and Manager of the Year, respectively, in a ceremony at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall recognizing the City’s top employees.


“These two outstanding individuals are the top model employees of our City workers,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who presented the recognition awards.  “They represent the pinnacle of excellence and a commitment to going above and beyond the call of duty.  The hard work and dedication of our entire workforce are reflected in the high caliber of the employees and managers who were recognized today.”


Dale M. Senaga, the 2009 Employee of the Year, began working for the City at a time when computers were not available to most City employees.  He used his own proficiency with technology to improve the work product of the Royal Hawaiian Band.  His work and talents have enabled the band to reach out to many diverse communities on Oahu.  Senaga works with youth and also volunteers by entertaining at nursing homes and care facilities, providing entertainment and therapy for residents and caregivers.


Karen K. Miyake, the 2009 Manager of the Year, is a role model who encourages her staff members to think outside the box.  She helped develop a new look for all of the Department of Community Services’ publications and created a new logo to reflect the importance of the agency’s mission.  Her Elderly Affairs Division developed and implemented one of Hawaii’s original resource center pilot sites aimed at improving the health status of Hawaii’s kupuna.


          The mayor also presented awards to the City’s outstanding attorneys.  The Outstanding Deputy Corporation Counsel and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney awards recognize non-civil service employees for outstanding accomplishments and excellence in City service.  This year’s recipients were Deputy Corporation Counsel Gary Takeuchi and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christopher T. Van Marter.


Twenty-four City workers were nominated for Employee of the Year and eight for Manager of the Year.


Employee of the Year honorees were Board of Water Supply, Allan N. Kaneshiro and Amy K. Tsuneyoshi; Budget and Fiscal Services, Margaret K. Ho; City Clerk’s Office, Laurie K. Tam; Community Services, Stephanie On; Customer Services, Sanford K.Y. Quon; Design and Construction, Charmaine Tadjvar; Enterprise Services, Lope Salvatierra; Environmental Services, Denise Iwane and Reynaldo Patricio; Facility Maintenance, Sean K. Barboza and Conkling K. McKee, Jr.; Emergency Services, William J. Goding; Fire, John K. Kino and Paula Schaller; Police, Deena J. Thoemmes; Human Resources, Mary E. Keomaka; Information Technology, Sidney J. Takara; Liquor Commission, Nolan T. Fong; Parks and Recreation, Kris A. Hazama and Christine E. Sabolsky; Prosecuting Attorney, Kapiolani A. Diaz; Royal Hawaiian Band, Dale M. Senaga; and Transportation Services, Kelly Cruz.


          Manager of the Year honorees were: Budget and Fiscal Services, Chris E. Odo; Community Services, Karen K. Miyake; Customer Services, Eric K. Kimura; Environmental Services, Frank J. Doyle; Fire, Jeffrey K. Farris; Police, Stephen R. Kornegay; Human Resources, Robin T. Chun-Carmichael; and Parks and Recreation, Craig S. Mayeda.


Three employees received Exceptional Achievement awards: Honolulu Liquor Commission, Jeff P. Smith; Facility Maintenance, Lorrie Manasas-Liu; and Community Services, Rochelle K. Asao.


City employees who have reached the milestones of 25, 35, 45, and 50 years of service were honored.





Bill Brennan, 768-6928

Niki Ragasa, Human Resources, 768-8540