City Employee Saves the City Tens of Thousands of Dollars
July 12, 2013
Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry honored an employee from the Department of Environmental Health for a project he started last year that generated a cost savings of $27,664. Dwayne Salisbury is the latest recipients of the City of Albuquerque’s Efficiency, Stewardship, and Accountability award [ESA].
In very simple terms Salisbury is responsible for keeping the air quality monitoring stations up and running. These sites provide the City of Albuquerque and its residents informed of hazardous air conditions, excessive winds that create dust, and hazy skies filled with smoke. This critical information is collected and transmitted to specialists within the Environmental Health Department.
Salisbury has made it his personal mission to improve, optimize, and expand the amount of air quality data produced through the sensors. When some aging equipment was in need an of an update Salisbury started the extensive process of studying equipment currently on the market, talking to vendors, and looking into advancing the systems. He invited vendors to Albuquerque to demonstrate their equipment and answer questions about function, operational cost, and potential problems in our high-elevation, windy, and extremely dry conditions. Based on those findings, Salisbury made a preliminary selection and arranged for the department to borrow a unit and deploy it on a trial basis. After 6 months of side-by-side operation and data comparison, there was a general consensus that Salisbury had identified the best solution.
Salisbury then began the process of negotiating a good deal for the city; in the end after his extensive efforts he was able to save the city almost $30,000.
When Mayor Berry was elected to office, he kicked off the ESA incentivized program. As of July the program has saved or avoided approximately $14.5million.