2017 Placer County Service Awards

Published on March 01, 2018

Over 100 county employees, representing over 1,000 years of service combined, were recently presented with 2017 Annual County Service Awards to honor their work at Placer County. Board of Supervisors Chair Jim Holmes and new County Executive Officer Todd Leopold presented individual awards to the employees in two separate sessions, Feb. 1 and Feb. 20, as family, friends and co-workers joined to celebrate those being honored.

The awards recognize employees for significant milestones including 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service. Those honored represent a cross section of all county departments and offices.

“I am honored and privileged to work with such a dedicated group of people, and I commend each and every one of you for your many years of hard work. It’s employees like you who help make Placer County’s services of the highest quality, and on behalf of the Board, I thank you.” - Board of Supervisors Chair Jim Holmes.

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Employee Quotes:

“My ​favorite part of working for Placer County is the people I work with, for sure.​​ The county has been very good to my family. When I started working for Placer County, I had no children; now, I have grandchildren. My oldest daughter is working for the county, my husband retired from working with the county, so it’s a family affair." -Julie Pollock, Child Support Services (25-year award)

​“I have learned so much working for Placer County, and I’ve worked with wonderful people, no matter where I’ve been in the county. I’m also very proud to work for an agency that is forward thinking. I would advise anyone to come work for Placer County. I love my job.” - Janet Longueira, Placer County Sheriff’s Office (20-year award)

“I have some of the most amazing people in my life now thanks to my time here. There are lots of opportunities in Placer County, so don’t be afraid to explore the possibilities and find the thing that makes you happy and makes you enjoy coming to work. Definitely the friendships I have made has been my favorite part of working for Placer County.” - Paula Shostek, Community Development Resource Agency (30-year award)

“My favorite part about working for the county aside, from it allowing me to retire while I am young enough to enjoy it, is all the wonderful people I work with! The people you work with can make or break how you view your job. The people I work with have made my job a pleasure!”

- Debbie Hawkins, Board of Supervisors (20-year award)

“The best part of my job has been when I was able to help someone through a rough time, whether to get them resources or to work through a process. I have made the best forever friends and family here. My best advice would be to continue to seek out learning opportunities.”- Kim Hughes, Department of Public Works and Facilities (25-year award) 

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“My favorite part about working for Placer County is all the wonderful people I have met, including my wife, Erica Collins.” - King Collins, Clerk-Recorder-Elections Office (20-year award)

“Both my current and former co-workers are the best part about working for Placer County.” - Todd Nishikawa, Air Pollution Control District (30-year award) 

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“I would tell anyone who’s new to Placer County to embrace all of the opportunities the county has to offer.  It’s a wonderful place to work and play! I have enjoyed working with such a great group of people!”- Sandy Bozzo, Auditor-Controller’s Office (30-year award) 

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“The people I’ve met and the opportunity to serve the community that raised me has been my favorite part of working for Placer County. It’s beautiful here, and we are lucky to be entrusted with Placer’s resources, including its public libraries.”- Mary George, Director of Library Services (25-year award) 

The most memorable part of working for Placer County for so many years is serving for the honor of our elected Sheriff.” - Captain Troy Minton-Sander, Placer County Sheriff’s Office (20-year award)

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“Throughout the time I have been working in Human Services, I have worked with so many dedicated co-workers who are committed to learning complex programs, completing a high volume of work and, most importantly, treating people with dignity while helping them get through a very difficult time in their lives.” - Krista Shalley, Health and Human Services (25-year award)