Team That Developed Burien’s Animal Control Program Wins City Award
The team of Burien City employees who developed and implemented the city’s new Animal Care and Control program earlier this year has been honored by their fellow employees with the City’s “Innovative Stewards Award.”
According to a press release:
The award is presented to a group of City employees that best exemplify outstanding productivity, problem-solving, improved service, significant dollar savings, or other achievements in public service.
The team’s effort began in the spring after the City Council decided not to participate in King County’s new regional animal control system because of significantly higher costs to Burien taxpayers. The Council instead chose to develop a local animal control program using local professionals and facilities. The program had to be up and running by July 1, 2010, since that was when the previous contract with King County for animal control services ended.
On July 1, through the team’s efforts, Burien began offering full Animal Care and Control services More than 1,000 free pet licenses were issued during July as the City conducted an informational campaign to alert residents to the change in animal services.
Team members will be honored with a certificate presented by the Mayor and a team photograph displayed in City building lobbies.
Team members include:
- Dean Tatham, IT Manager
- Henry McLaughlin, Police Sergeant
- Joline Wright, Office Assistant
- Jennifer Ramirez Robson, Management Analyst
- Kathy Weatherbee, Office Assistant
- *Fernando Llamas, GIS Analyst
- Steve Botkin, Communications Specialist
- Carolyn Towne, Accountant
- Phyllis Dickey, Accounting Assistant
- Craig Knutson, City Attorney
- Brendon Ecke, GIS Intern
[*EDITOR’S SNARK: We’re glad to see that even deceased former movie star Fernando Llamas (who passed away in 1982) was part of this team. This gives us all hope (especially this time of year) – the dead can actually do good work!]