​2014 Awards​​

Sac International Airport Honored for Employment of People with Disabilities

The 2014 SourceAmerica® Commercial Business Partnership Award was given on May 6, 2015 to Sacramento International Airport for its commitment to creating jobs for people with disabilities through its partnership with PRIDE Industries. In 2011, the PRIDE Industries contract for custodial maintenance of Terminal B created jobs for 89 individuals, of whom, nearly half are people with significant disabilities. “Sacramento International Airport is proud to embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce,” says John Wheat, Sacramento County Director of Airports. “PRIDE Industries team members are highly committed and deliver a quality result. We view them as a valuable asset to our organization.”

Sacramento County is a Citizen-Engaged Community (2014-16), Designated by PTI

Public Technology Institute (PTI) recognized Sacramento County for excellence in multi-channel contact centers and best practices for the use of Citizen Relationship/Records Management (CRM) systems, 311 services, web portal technology, telephony systems and mobile communications infrastructure. This provides a centralized citizen contact center that effectively utilizes new technology for fast, friendly and responsive service. It was noted that the County has maintained ongoing exceptional customer service efficiently with budget constraints.​ 

Institute for Local Government Honors Sacramento County with Three Awards 

Sacramento County was given the Institute for Local Government Beacon Spotlight Awards in three categories: Gold Level Award for Agency Energy Savings, 16.2%; Gold Level Award for Natural Gas Savings, 18.2%; and Platinum Level Award for 64 Best Practice Activities. The county’s achievements were recognized as a part of its participation in the sustainability recognition program at the 2014 Annual Conference of the California State Association of Counties. Learn more about Sacramento County’s Beacon Spotlight Award achievements. Read the SacCountyNews story.

Sacramento County Moves Up to 13th Place for National Green Fleet Award

With high percentages of dedicated alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles in its vehicle fleet, Sacramento County moved up from 25th in 2013 to 13th place in 2014 for the National Green Fleet Award. The County has nearly 3,000 fleet vehicles, including road graders, tractor mounted slope mowers, asphalt applicators/distributors/pavers, rollers and grinders, crawler tractors. ag tractors, tractor/loader/backhoes, landfill compactors, tractors, forklifts and more. With roughly 25,000,000 miles driven by the fleet, it's essential that Fleet services continues to increase the number of fuel-efficient vehicles, use bio and alternative fuel and reduce emissions wherever possible. View 100 Best Fleets for more information

Child Support Services Recognized for $MartPay and Arrears Estimator Programs

The Western Interstate Child Support Enforcement Council presented the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) with their Program Awareness Award for DCSS’ $MartPay and Arrears Estimator programs. The award is given for establishing an effective public awareness campaign; an individual for effective articles or other publicity in the media; and to other groups for activities which create a positive public image of the child support enforcement program.

​​Youth Detention Facility Staff Named Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellows

In August, members of a Sacramento County inter-agency team were selected to become new members of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellows Network at Georgetown University. Assistant Division Chief Patti McGowan, Supervising Probation Officer Brad Marietti, and County Mental Health Program Coordinator Chris Eldridge, were admitted into the Fellows Network based on the approval of their proposed capstone project. The Center works to focus the nation's juvenile justice and related systems of care on the key principles in an evidence-based juvenile justice reform agenda, utilizing a multi-systems approach. The capstone project proposes to dramatically improve outcomes for youth with special needs who are involved in the juvenile justice system in Sacramento County for youth while in custody and during reentry – resulting in enhanced public safety. 

Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards – Center for Digital Government

The Center for Digital Government announced Sacramento County’s website took second place honors in its 2014 Best of the Web Award​​, County Portal category. For 19 years they have recognized cities, counties and states throughout the U.S. for their outstanding portal websites. In addition, the county was recognized for the Best of the Web Digital Government Achievement Award, which looks at projects at the application and infrastructure level. For this honor, the County won for 311 Connect in the Government-to-Citizen Local Government category.​ Read, Best of the Web – County’s “Mobile First” Design.

​Celebrating 25 Years of Drug Court: Effective Solution to Addiction and Criminal Behavior​

Since 1995, this collaborative program includes the Court, Probation Department, District Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office and Department of Health and Human Services, which provides on-site treatment and counseling, nutrition, yoga, mental ​health services, frequent drug testing, and probation supervision in the community for more than 1.3 million.​

Department of Community Development’s (DCD) Rental Housing Inspection Program Wins 2014 CSAC Merit Awards​

The Code Enforcement Division’s Rental Housing Inspection Program was one of 29 recognized for the 2014 California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Merit Award​. The Program provides a regulated approach to ensuing safe rental properties within unincorporated Sacramento County and prevents deterioration of our community by providing a streamlined, comprehensive and thorough enforcement approach. This program works to improve property management techniques while providing essential tools needed to comply with the Rental Housing Ordinance.​

Innovative Probation Program Wins 2014 CSAC Challenge Award

The Sacramento Probation Department’s Break Away Bike Program was selected as one of only 12 county programs throughout California for the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Challenge Award​. The Break Away Bike program was created to address Adult Drug Court program participants who, upon release from custody, have no means of transportation to attend required treatment sessions and Court appearances. Participants who fail to report can face sanctions and delayed progress within the program. Through the Break Away Bike program, Adult Drug Court participants earn donated bicycles with consecutive negative drug tests; this addresses transportation issues, incentivizes attendance and sobriety, and reduces barriers to treatment. Read the SacCountyNews story: Successful Bike Program Changes Lives.

Sheriff Department Wins Rebecca Moore Award​

This award is given out annually to individuals who exemplify outstanding performance, passion, integrity and commitment to their profession as to the preparation and prosecution of Sexual Assault cases.​

Probation Staff Instrumental in Citrus Heights Drug Trafficking Investigation

On April 23, 2014, during a search, an officer found evidence of drug trafficking; the officer’s led to surveillance, a traffic stop, searches of two residences, and seizure of 858 pounds of marijuana ($2.5M estimated street value); firearms; and almost $465,000 in cash..​

The Sheriff’s Sexual and Elder Abuse Bureau Detective Bradley Jones and Sheriff’s Child Abuse Bureau Detective Tony Saika for the District Attorney’s Office 2014 “Rebecca Moore Award”.  This award is given out annually to individuals who exemplify outstanding performance, passion, integrity and commitment to their profession as to the preparation and prosecution of Sexual Assault cases.​

Two Transportation Projects Win APWA Award​​

The Department of Transportation was recognized by the Sacramento Chapter of the American Public Works Association for the State Route 99/Elverta Road Interchange Project and the White Rock Road Improvement Project.   The awards program recognizes public works projects that demonstrate excellence in management, administration, design, construction and community relations, as well as the alliance among the managing agency and the consultant/engineer/contractor who worked together to complete the project. Read project and award details.

National Procurement Institute, Inc. Achievement of Excellence​

The County Department of General Services Contract and Purchasing Services Division earned the 2014 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute, Inc., for organizational excellence in procurement by measuring innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function.​

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Innovation Award​

The Environmental Management Department (EMD) received the 2014 National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) Innovation Award for its Cross Connection Portal Project. The award is given for an inventive project that contributes to improving public health and/or the environment. A team of EMD staff worked to make the web portal possible and highlights EMD’s continued efforts to improve service delivery and online experiences for Sacramento County citizens and businesses. Since transitioning to the web portal in fall of 2012, EMD has saved 3,300+ staff hours, 60,000 pieces of printed paper and $6,000 in mailing costs annually. 

Individual and Group Volunteer Awards for Youth Detention Facility Service

On April 8, 2014, before the Board of Supervisors, Probation’s Individual Volunteer Award was presented to Peggy Fava for developing the program “Motivating for Change” and helps instill positive change. Probation’s Group Volunteer Award was presented to a non-profit, Reaching Back to our Youth, for providing mentoring, community service opportunities, and referral services for at-risk middle and high school students.​

Sheriff Detective Receives Investigative Excellence Award​

​Sheriff's Property Crimes Detective Caren Buda received the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation 2014 "Investigative Excellence" award.

PTI Tech Savvy​

Sacramento County is one of four counties nationwide to be presented with the PTI Tech Savvy Designation for meeting or exceeding all of the following: performance management practices; department directors communicate and collaborate around IT solutions; adherence to standards of ethics and excellence; encourage professional development; developed countywide IT plan; active cyber-security training and awareness; committed to green technology initiatives; and a culture of technology innovation is embraced.​

​Digital Counties Survey Winner – 4th Place​​

Sacramento County continues its upward momentum as a top digital leader, securing fourth place in the Center for Digital Government’s 2014 Digital Counties Survey. Nationally, Sacramento County is leading the way in IT-related initiatives that involve citizen engagement, policy, operations and technology/data. Read, 4th Most Technologically Advanced County in U.S​., on the SacCountyNews. 

Probation Recognized for Cemetery Restoration Project​

On February 11, 2014, Probation was recognized by the Board of Supervisors for their role in the cemetery site clean-up and restoration of the Bellview Cemetery. Juvenile and Adult Work Project crews, under the supervision of Probation staff, worked on the project.

Energy Program Manager of the Year​

The Association of Energy Engineers - Northern California chapter named Sacramento County employee Dan Mendonsa as Energy Program Manager of the Year. This peer recognition was for fostering emerging technologies into the mainstream, such as the installation of 600 smart-sensing LED lights in County parking garages that automatically dim; and for installing office LED lights and advanced lighting controls that reduce energy by 80 percent; and lastly, he assisted with enabling over 2 million square feet of County facilities to automatically reduce electrical load if a SMUD brownout is called.  In total, these projects have reduced the County’s energy costs by over $150,000 per year and reduced carbon emissions by 400 metric tons of CO2 per year.

Sheriff Sergeant Receives Service Above Self Award​

Sheriff Sergeant Steve Dutra received the 2014 "Service Above Self" award from the Sacramento Rotary Club. 

Mental Health G​rant Awarded - $1.3M Annually through Fiscal Year 2016/17​

With this grant awarded by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, Sacramento County will fund 20+ contracted personnel to focus on mental health triage, and connecting individuals with mental illness in the main jail, local emergency rooms, Loaves and Fishes and the Mental Health Treatment Center to appropriate services. This grant enables a collaboration of the County’s Division of Behavioral Health Services and the Sheriff’s Department with local healthcare organizations. Mental health assessment and services will help reduce unnecessary psychiatric hospitalizations, and recidivism for individuals with mental illness who have frequent incarcerations. A second grant has also been applied for to pilot two mobile crisis support teams and increase resources for a crisis residential facility. Award announcement is expected March 2014.​

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