Posted 10/14/16 – Last night at the beautiful Villa del Sol d’Oro on the campus of Alverno Heights Academy, the City paid tribute to its outgoing Commissioners, volunteers, employees and local organizations that contribute to making the City the great place to live that it is. Mayor Gene Goss also recognized outgoing City Manager Elaine Aguilar, Public Safety Director LArry Giannone and Public Works Director Bruce Inman and thanked them for their years of service to the City. Mezzo Soprano Suzanna Guzman was again the Mistress of Ceremonies, and food was provided by Corfu.
The evening had a baseball theme, in recognition of the City’s One Book, One City selection of The Natural, and Guzman took advantage of the theme to lead the crowd in a chorus of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” Each attendee received a box of Cracker Jacks, there were Baby Ruth candy bars on the tables, and Guzman, who recounted having sung the national anthem at Dodger Stadium to begin the game three times (two wins and a loss), also kept the crowd apprised of the Dodger score throughout the night.
But the real reason everyone was there was to pay tribute to those who contribute to our City. Recognized for their service were:
Outgoing Commissioners Ken Goldstein of the Planning Commission, Darlene Mathieson and George Siberell of the Community Services Commission, Dorothy Jerneycic, Pat Alcorn and Amy Putnam of the Senior Community Commission, and Glenn Putnam of the Library Board of Trustees.
Award winners honored were Erica Whiting, the Community Youth Services Award; Daniel Rodriguez, Public Service Award; Officers Henry Amos and Ken Berry, Corporal Charles (Chuck) Kamchamnan, Sergeant Edward Delcoure and Sergeant Ruben Enriquez, the Public Safety award; The Spero Foundation, Wistaria Award; and Robert (Rob) Stockly, the George Maurer Lifetime Achievement Award.
While much has been said of the recent re-staffing of the Police Department with a large percentage of new officers, Guzman pointed out that the five officers honored with the Public Safety Award represented 90 years of service to the City between them, ranging from 12 to 24 years each.
Congratulations to the awardees, and thank you for your service to all of the honorees.