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Employee Shows Great Initiative to Save City Money

Employee of the Week: Finance & Administrative Services' Norma Chavez

December 9, 2016

Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry awarded Norma Chavez as this week’s Employee of the Week for her stewardship, quality assurance and willingness to always lend a helping hand.

Chavez has consistently shown enthusiasm while performing her job duties, but most importantly, she has performed her job with accuracy. During down times, she has volunteered to help her peers get back into the work flow when the department experienced a software change, while still maintaining her regularly assigned work load.

Earlier this year, the Risk Management Division had to consolidate their office space resulting in the loss of three storage areas. This change resulted in the division having to condense their file storage, which left three years of tort claim files and lawsuits exposed in the department’s common area. The offsite file storage vendor that Risk Management contracts with wanted to triple the cost of storage at the time of their contract renewal. In an effort to conserve valuable department resources, Chavez volunteered to get the files scanned into a database in order to maintain the confidentiality of records. Chavez then went the extra mile by volunteering to prepare box transmittals for 23 years’ worth of files which were stored at the offsite storage. The boxes were then sent to the City of Albuquerque’s warehouse, sparing the need to continue using the vendor, thus saving taxpayer money.

Chavez is always punctual and positive; she is a team player and is ready to help where help is needed. She brings tremendous value to the department and her division and is undoubtedly a great asset. It is for these reasons that Norma Chavez was recognized as the City of Albuquerque’s Employee of the Week.