By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– Grounds Maintenance Supervisor, Jabez Vargas has been selected as the Town of Apple Valley’s Employee of the Quarter for the 4th quarter of 2019.
“Jabez, is a great asset to the Town and the Grounds Division,” said Public Works Manager Mike Molinari. “He is always willing to go above and beyond what is necessary to get the job done. His hard work and dedication truly provide our residents cleaner and safer spaces to explore and play.”
Hired in 2001, Jabez has held many duties in both the Grounds and Wastewater divisions including sewer maintenance, closed circuit television (CCTV) inspections, and operations of the Town’s first street sweeper more than 10 years ago.
Promoted to Grounds Maintenance Supervisor in September, Jabez reorganized the division to operate more efficiently. Jabez met with Town user groups to hear feedback on their needs and ways to improve field and park utilization which led to revised maintenance hours to better cover fields and equipment usage, for example.
“Jabez carries many responsibilities in his tool belt,” said Mayor Larry Cusack. “The Town is grateful to have someone with his passion and experience in maintaining Apple Valley’s beautiful parks that allow our residents to continually enjoy our award-winning recreation programs and activities.”
Jabez was born and raised in Apple Valley and currently lives in town with his wife Stephanie and their five boys Jabez Jr, Joshua, Jacob, Julian and Anthony, and daughter Alyssa.
“You get to interact more with the residents and the community in the Grounds Division,” said Vargas. “I enjoy that and the satisfaction that goes along with it. I have a vested interest as my boys have enjoyed playing at all of Apple Valley’s parks over the last three decades. Getting the chance to look back at your work and see others enjoy it is my favorite part of the job.”
Jabez was recognized as the Employee of the Quarter at the Dec. 10 Town Council Meeting.
Nominations for Employee of the Quarter are submitted by peers or management and honorees are selected by a committee.