Jose Garcia Jr., a Scottsdale equipment operator for nearly three decades, was honored with a prestigious city award Thursday for his dedication and service to the Scottsdale Penjamo Yaqui Community.
Garcia was recipient of the 10th Herbert R. Drinkwater Award at Scottsdale’s 37th annual City Manager’s Awards of Excellence ceremony.
The award is named for the city’s popular former mayor and goes to those setting an outstanding example through volunteerism and dedication to serving others.
Garcia is chairman of the Scottsdale Penjamo Yaqui Community Committee, serving 200 members. He also coordinates education programs, organizes community cleanups, and helps raise money and resources for community causes and groups, including Ballet Folklorico. Community members helped build the Arizona Canal and became some of Scottsdale’s first residents.
The award was presented by Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross, who praised Garcia’s work.
“Jose is a great inspiration,” Manross said. “His care and commitment make our community a better place. He truly embodies the spirit of Mayor Drinkwater.”
The other top award, the Bill Donaldson Award, named for a former city manager, was given by City Manager Jan Dolan to two employees. The award went to mayor and City Council assistant Brent Stockwell for his work to raise funds and awareness for AIDS treatment in Africa, and to Debra Baird for more than 30 years of service in building Scottsdale’s parks, recreation and library programs.
Eight other awards were given to individuals and employee teams from a number of different departments for showing traits of the city’s eight employee values.
Herbert R. Drinkwater Award — Jose Garcia Jr., equipment operator
Bill Donaldson Award — Brent Stockwell, mayor and council assistant; Debra Baird, community services general manager
Employee values awards
“Be Accountable and Act with Integrity” — Suzanne Welch, risk management
“Collaborate as a Team” — Web site rollout team (12 employees)
“Focus on Quality Customer Service” — “The Scottsdale Way” library system team (seven employees)
“Learn and Grown Continuously” — Victoria Yanovskaya, Scottsdale City Court
“Listen, Communicate, Take Action” — Police Department’s motorcycle squad members
“Plan and Innovate” Debra Allemang and William Davis, police department
“Respect the Individual” — Xavier Castro, planning and development services
“Show Caring and Compassion for Others” — Francisco Moreno, solid waste