Employee Works Long Hours to Make Albuquerque's Streets Safe During and After Snow Storm
January 15, 2016
Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry awarded Joshua Lucero, from the Department of Municipal Development, the City of Albuquerque’s Employee of the Week for his hard work and leadership to keep the streets of Albuquerque safe during and after the treacherous snow storm that hit New Mexico last month.
Joshua Lucero is the Operations Supervisor of the Streets Division of the City of Albuquerque’s Department of Municipal Development (DMD). He oversees DMD’s Street Crews, which consists of men and women on the front lines ensuring the public’s safety when extreme weather hits. Lucero was the foreman on-call the night of the major snow storm that impacted the city hard on the weekend of December 26th and 27th. Lucero arrived to work at 10:00 on Saturday morning before the storm became severe and stayed until 2:00 on Sunday morning to ensure that the streets of Albuquerque remained safe. Under his leadership and instruction, crews were deployed to various locations in the city based on the snowfall accumulation and icy conditions.
During the 16 straight hours that Lucero was hard at work; he constantly tracked the storm and maintained clear lines of communication with the crews that were on duty. With the information that he gathered, he was then able to accurately determine which locations in the city were hit the hardest and deployed additional crews to them. Through his tracking and correspondence with his crew, he knew that the storm and the hazardous driving conditions were far from letting up. He began to coordinate with APD on road closures and problem areas to ensure that the public stayed away from dangerous areas.
Joshua Lucero significantly helped to ensure that the City was safe with the appropriate coverage for plowing, applying salt and cinder. It is for his dedicated endurance and commitment to ensuring safety that Joshua Lucero is this week’s City of Albuquerque Employee of the Week.