By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– Tara Alvarez is the perfect example of someone who won’t take no for an answer. The Town of Apple Valley wasn’t hiring in 2008 when she decided she wanted to work for Code Enforcement, so she volunteered every Saturday for almost two years. She continued to keep in contact with the Town while she put herself through Code Enforcement training and her tenacity paid off. Not only did she get hired in 2013, but was recently named the Town’s employee of the quarter.
“Tara has shown her dedication from the time she was a faithful volunteer until now as a full-time employee,” said Code Enforcement Manger Jim Andersen. “She has a drive to be the best employee she can and she represents herself, the Code Enforcement Department and the Town very well.”
Andersen noted that Alvarez was a quick study. In addition to learning her new paid role rapidly, she began making many improvements such as automating data entry forms to fill in redundant information, greatly improving the department’s efficiency.
“I have never seen her shirk a task. She welcomes the work and seems to excel as more work is added,” said Code Enforcement officer Larry Williams who nominated her for the honor. “Her focus and dedication shows in the quality of her work, and her lack of mistakes makes her an asset to our team.”
After streamlining many of her original tasks, Alvarez was instrumental in creating a program to track code enforcement fees that were not paid in a timely manner. Additionally, she was tasked with setting up the Interagency Intercept Program through the Franchise Tax Board including creating all of the necessary documents and spreadsheets. Coworkers praise her for being thorough and for providing great customer service to members of the public who call or come in to Town Hall for Code Enforcement issues.
Nominations for Employee of the Quarter are submitted by peers or management and honorees are selected by a committee.