Pinellas Employees Newsletter SEPTEMBER 2005 • Vol.33 No.9 PROFILES DAVID HEALEY Our role is to provide a representative forum, overall policy direction, plan consistency, interagency coordination and unique because they not only serve the unincorporated area, but certain county functions, such as solid waste disposal are countywide in nature. INSIDE 2 technical assistance for the The Council’s role is to embrace and countywide planning process. coordinate these individual local Ofﬁce Paper government perspectives. Recycling The Pen: All members of the PPC are local government representatives The Pen: What are the key 3 except for the School Board. What responsibilities of the PPC? unique perspective do they add? Ask Peggy D.H. Our main thrust focuses on a D.H. The School Board is a countywide approach to land use signiﬁcant property owner and and intergovernmental interacts with local government in coordination—trying to meld David Healey 5 a number of ways. A lot of what we together and coordinate plans of Executive Director, Planning Council do with land use affects them—for the 25 separate jurisdictions so they United Way example, changing the plan may add up to some cohesive whole, The Pen: As the most densely add students to the school system, providing direction as to where we populated county in Florida, and a or impact school facilities by are going as a county. We also county with 25 separate government changing neighboring uses or trafﬁc provide technical planning agencies, cooperation, consistency and coordination of projects can often be a challenge. How does the Pinellas Planning Council ﬁt into this picture and what is your role? patterns. The School Board brings a unique countywide perspective and is an important contributor to the countywide planning process. assistance to many of the cities that do not have their own professional planning staff. 5 Priceless The Pen: Some days it seems like D.H. The Pinellas Planning Council (PPC) is a countywide planning agency that is advisory to the Board of County Commissioners in their The Pen: How does the PPC differ from the County’s Planning Department? D.H. The Council has countywide every street has some kind of a construction project going on. They’re either building up, tearing down, or repairing or replacing water or sewer pipes. What are some 6 Go to Work or Stay Home special role as the Countywide 6 jurisdiction and represents member of the recent projects the PPC has Planning Authority. It’s a creature of local governments, including the Time Well been involved with? a special act of the Legislature that unincorporated County. Many have Spent was embodied in our county charter their own planning departments D.H. Our primary focus over the by an amendment in 1988. The PPC and functions, and for the most past 2-3 years has been is made up of 13 elected ofﬁcials part the distinction is that local redevelopment. We have who provide representation for each 8 government planning departments partnered with the Economic Career of the 25 local governments within are concerned with their jurisdiction Development Department to look Pinellas County and the School Development meeting the requirements of the at the implications of build-out District. Three of those 13 serve State Growth Management Act and for the county and retooling for Forum multiple jurisdictions, as the smaller local planning needs. The County’s redevelopment to ensure the long- communities share representation. Planning Department is somewhat CONTINUED on PAGE 4 P I N E L L A S P E N Ofﬁce Paper Recycling Program Expanded and Energized EDITOR’S by Marie Jacobs, Solid Waste Technician, Utilities DESK Did you know that the average employee throws away 1/2 pound of paper every day? Over 20% of Pinellas County’s waste stream consists of paper that There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t see someone crossing could be recycled. Pinellas County employees throw away literally against the light or jaywalking in the middle of a block, riding tons of paper every year. But the good news is that the Pinellas their bike or motorcycle without a helmet, foregoing a seatbelt, County Ofﬁce Paper Recycling Program has been expanded to include all ofﬁces and all types of ofﬁce paper. Some of our ofﬁces jogging in the road alongside trafﬁc, or engaging in some other have been recycling for almost 20 years but now all ofﬁces can unsafe practice. No one ever plans to have an accident, which by participate. Also, we can recycle more paper since the program deﬁnition is unexpected and usually undesirable. now includes items such as magazines and copier paper ream School is back in session, and it’s a time that we must be wrappers. more diligent than ever on the roads. Be prepared for increased Last year, County ofﬁces recycled 345 tons of paper. Our goal is trafﬁc due to the hundreds of school busses transporting tens of to double the amount of paper we recycle this year and to have thousands of children on the roads, and watch for reduced speed 100% of the County ofﬁces participating! We can’t achieve these limits at school crossing zones and bus stops. goals without your help. If your ofﬁce is not currently participating Whether biking, walking, riding in a bus or car, or taking some The Pen in the ofﬁce paper recycling program—now you can. All ofﬁces are other form of transportation to and from school, child pedestrians eligible for recycling bins and pick-up service. are faced with having to make numerous decisions to stay safe Why should we recycle paper? In an ofﬁce environment, most of every day. For safety’s sake, teach your children to: the trash is paper. Instead of wasting it, let’s separate it so it can be recycled into new, useful products. Also, • Choose the most direct route with the least number of recycling paper conserves resources street crossings. and reduces pollution, extends the • Obey all trafﬁc signals and/or the crossing guard. life of the Waste-to-Energy Plant • Never cross the street against a light, even if there is no and landﬁll, and saves the County trafﬁc coming. money. For all these reasons, • Walk their bike across all intersections. recycling is the right thing to do! • Buddy up—walk or ride with a friend. What can you do? If your ofﬁce • Make themselves more visible, especially on these is currently participating, keep up the good work by throwing paper in dark early mornings by wearing light colored clothing your recycle bin instead of the trash including reﬂective material on running shoes and back can. Notice the items listed on the bin packs. stickers and posters that have been • Wear bike helmets each time they ride their bike. distributed. Now you can recycle all Thankfully, Lance Armstrong has made wearing bike helmets really cool. CONTINUED on PAGE 4 Most accidents involving a school bus occur as students enter and exit the bus. So, tell your children that they should always use The Pen the handrail, never bend over to pick up a dropped object as they EDITOR ......................................... Ronnie J. Goodstein might not be seen by the driver and to stand back from the bus EDITORIAL ASSISTANT ........................... Maria I. Reilly until the driver signals it’s okay to approach. When traveling to school (or anywhere else) by car, let’s not PRODUCTION ASSISTANT ..................... Karen Mercier forget to buckle up. Studies tell us that most trafﬁc crashes occur PROOFREADER ................................... Carol Strickland close to home. Everyone needs to be properly buckled up. Safety A monthly publication by the Pinellas County Personnel belts are the best form of protection passengers have in the event of a crash, and they can lower your risk of injury by almost half. Department, Employee Communications Division. Of course, all the helmets, seat belts and reﬂective clothing COUNTY ANNEX BUILDING in the world are no substitutes for staying alert and using good 400 SOUTH FT. HARRISON AVENUE • CLEARWATER, FL 33756 common sense. Caution children against horseplay near roadsides and parking lots. Don’t use headphones while bicycling or driving. PHONE: (727) 464-4836 • FAX: (727) 464-5548 And reduce other distractions like cell phone conversations when Employee InfoLine 464-5100 behind the wheel. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org We all seem to have busy, hectic schedules these days. But no matter our rush, let’s all take time to be safe—for ourselves and www.pinellascounty.org for all of our children. On line @ www.co.pinellas.ﬂ.us/persnl/ P-2 w w w . p i n e l l a s c o u n t y . o r g P-3 ASKPEGGY An employee approaching retirement should look carefully at their leave balances, whether they are fully utilizing that when you are on the transfer listing hiring departments may feel you may be “a problem” and that is why your on the deferred compensation and the retiree transfer list. This is unfair especially when health savings plan to supplement their you are a great employee, but are looking future retirement beneﬁts, and use all for a change or circumstances come up of the resources available to make their and you need to work closer to home. Can retirement years as comfortable as you please shed some light on this subject possible. The best strategy will depend and get departments to give us “already upon your individual situation. County employees” a chance!! Anonymous Special Note: The September issue of the BeneBreeze will be focused on retirement A: Departments are provided with the related topics, including the FRS, the transfer list when ﬁlling vacancies. retirement health savings plan and Managers and supervisors are encouraged retirement planning resources. Also watch to seriously consider employees on the Peggy Rowe for the training catalog and enroll in the list and indications are that most of them Assistant Director, Personnel course offered that addresses how to plan do. Hiring ofﬁcials will, however, evaluate for retirement. the entire list and select a candidate who Q: Please explain how the leave they feel best meets the requirements of the position and the organization. exchange program and accumulated annual leave are factored into one’s Q: We have several performance While we often hope that turns out to Average Final Compensation when retiring? reviews that are due on September 18. be a current employee, this is not always In order not to get “bogged down” in so. Transfers can take time. Your best The Pen Kevin Murren Environmental Project Manager September, each year we have been asked approach is to continue to do the best job Public Works – Highway to submit these reviews in July (3 months possible, develop your skills, earn excellent early). This creates some confusion when evaluations and you will make yourself A: Kevin, this is a great question and calculating attendance. I base the review period on the date the last review was an increasingly appealing candidate. Many departments look very favorably several employees have asked similar ones recently. In determining the actual pension signed by the employee to the present at employees on the transfer list. Those for County retirees, the Florida Retirement time. This generally covers a period of who don’t may be missing out on great System utilizes a formula that contains 12 months. I have been told that this is candidates. both years of service, and an earnings wrong and that I should base attendance on the performance review’s effective date amount referred to as Average Final Compensation (AFC). An employee’s ﬁve to effective date even though this would Q: A lot of us at the Tax Collector’s ofﬁce highest years of earnings are averaged to not take into account a full year. For thought that if we worked Monday - Friday, produce the AFC. example if the effective date is September and were told of a mandatory class we had Annual leave is considered compensation 18 and I need to submit the review in July, to be at on a Saturday morning, that we for FRS purposes, but extended illness the attendance would be from September were guaranteed a set amount of hours leave is not. Therefore annual leave 18-July. Please advise. (like three hours), not just an hour and a contributed during the County’s annual Anonymous, Public Works half. Managers, Asst. Managers, Supervisors and Specialist are going during the week, leave exchange in most instances increases your AFC. Leave contributed in a year that A: Your method of looking back 12 so that they do not have to pay them is not a part of your ﬁve highest years, will months from the date you are conducting overtime. Can you put us straight on this? not affect your AFC. The FRS also has a the review is correct. It sounds like you Thank you, limitation of 500 hours of annual leave are evaluating attendance correctly. Tax Collector Employees Ideally the September review would be that can be used towards your AFC. Therefore an employee with a very large done in September and the attendance A: As for the question you asked bank of hours who plans on entering DROP would be rated based on information 12 regarding Saturday morning classes, if prior to retirement may wish to consider months back from that date. That is not you have worked Monday thru Friday carefully how they choose always possible. The attendance on the for a total of 40 hours and then are to use those hours in their last few years of review or at any time when attendance is scheduled for a training class on Saturday, employment. For example, if 80 hours being discussed should always go back 12 those hours worked over 40 for the week per year are contributed for 4 years months. Thanks for asking. are paid at time and a half. As for the (320 hours) to the annual exchange, and in minimum to be paid, that rule applies to employees who are on-call or who are the ﬁfth year the employee enters DROP, they will only have a balance of 180 hours Q: Do all departments look at the working Citizen Information Center during that can be used in that ﬁnal year to boost Transfer list when looking to hire? I have emergencies. If the time is scheduled their AFC. Another thing to consider is that been on the transfer listing for a couple then the compensation due, is for time any leave amounts exchanged and invested years now, yet the department that I worked regardless of how much time or in deferred compensation, will grow tax want to work in, hires people on the how little time it was. In other words— no deferred. This also helps increase your register very frequently. I heard it is up minimum. retirement income. to the department, and I’ve also heard P I N E L L A S P E N DAVID HEALEY PINELLAS ROOTS CONTINUED from PAGE 1 PINELLAS ROOTS term viability of our economy. We need to interface the separate objectives and disciplines of economic development and planning to promote quality development and redevelopment. A monthly contest about Pinellas History Q: What location and activity is shown in this The Pen: The new wireless facilities study the PPC recently vintage postcard? completed had some interesting outcomes. Could you explain what that study was all about and how it can beneﬁt our To enter this month’s Pinellas history contest send your community? answer to email@example.com, or D.H. The PPC has no direct role in the citing of wireless facilities. via inter-ofﬁce mail to The Pen, attention: Editor. All Each local government has their own regulations. Acting as correct entries will be entered into a special drawing. a resource to local government we inventoried each of the Entries must be received by September 2nd. The winner communities as to how they dealt with wireless issues and will receive a special prize and be recognized in the next determined it would be useful to assess and prepare a model issue of The Pen. telecommunications ordinance. In that way, as topical issues come to the fore, rather than each local government fending for themselves, they can customize the model ordinance to meet their individual needs. There were essentially three components to the study: 1. preparation of a model ordinance; 2. identiﬁcation of additional revenue opportunities relative to the use of public lands; and The Pen 3. an improved tracking system. The Pen: What are your goals for the next year or so? D.H. There are a number of things we would like to take on over the next couple of years. A signiﬁcant part of our efforts over the next few years will be to rework the Countywide Plan and Rules to focus on redevelopment and assist local governments in retooling their plans and regulations to recognize redevelopment To learn more visit Heritage Village Archives & Library. opportunities and challenges. Call 582-2128 for more information. One of the things that is emerging from the redevelopment study is the need to more closely study our inventory of industrial property. In recent years we are seeing it being changed to other Answer to last month’s contest: uses; it is important to preserve industrial properties for new job opportunities and business growth. Another special project is to assist local governments with the evaluation and appraisal of their comprehensive plans as required by the State Growth Management Act. And, of course, annexation is one of the things that continue to be a major issue in the county—one that the Council has been deeply involved in trying to ﬁnd a balanced approach that considers everyone’s interest. Q: Can you guess where this was taken? Hint: This structure is currently undergoing restoration OFFICE PAPER RECYCLING at Heritage Village. CONTINUED from PAGE 2 ofﬁce paper including white, colored and glossy paper, computer A: This picture was taken at the bandstand in City printouts, envelopes, ﬁle folders, labels, Post-its®, magazines, Park (now Williams Park) in St. Petersburg. The catalogs, ream wrappers and photos. If your ofﬁce is not currently women of the Park Improvement Association participating, call Marie Jacobs at 464-7500 and volunteer to be a departmental recycling coordinator (volunteers must have spearheaded construction of the bandstand in their supervisor’s approval). Recycling coordinators should be 1895 to provide town residents with a place for enthusiastic leaders with a “can-do” attitude. Their duties will be performances and community gatherings. minimal: attend quarterly update meetings, encourage staff to participate in recycling programs, and answer questions about And the winner is... ofﬁce recycling or refer others to the Solid Waste Department as Nancy Whitlock needed. Please check out our new Intranet link http://intranet/recycle to Communications Manaagement Coordinator ﬁnd out more ways you can make a difference by recycling at work! Communications Department P-4 w w w . p i n e l l a s c o u n t y . o r g P-5 MY SUMMER UNITED WAY Paul F. Alexander, III Director, Information Technology VACATION Well, it’s that time of year again … a time to reﬂect and give thanks for the By Stephen M. Spratt, County Administrator many blessings we have received over the past year, and an opportunity for us to help serve those who may not be You may wonder sometimes whether family vacations are worth all the expense quite as fortunate. I am honored to and hassle. Did you ever take a long road have been selected as your Chairman trip with your family when you were a kid? for our United Way Campaign this year, Maybe some of you can relate to the old and I invite all of our employees in Chevy Chase movie, “National Lampoon’s Pinellas County to join me in making Vacation?” You know, your dad gets lost at this year’s funding drive a huge least once, arguments erupt over whether success. a visit to the World’s Largest Ball of String This year’s campaign theme is: would be worthwhile, and a crisis involving ‘Building a Strong, Caring Community’. the car is inevitable. And as you can imagine, things are Determined never to deliver that kind already well underway. We started the of vacation to my family (or be compared activities with our Annual Day of Caring to Chevy Chase) I headed out in July to the on August 11, and met down at the Smokey Mountains for an adventure with Sanderlin Center in St. Petersburg to my wife and sons. The trip had its share of perform some much needed painting. ups and downs – literally. But more about The Pen This is a doozie. Since there was no snow, This was a real opportunity for us to that later. we were on sleds with wheels. At a pretty demonstrate our commitment to the First: driving. A dozen hours motoring good clip, we ﬂew down a mountain on a community by directly reaching out to through the southeastern states was ﬁberglass and concrete track. My sons had those in need. just ﬁne, but the many drives on the Lora and I racing to near death speeds until On August 23, I was joined by our Cumberland Mountain Golf course were the park ofﬁcials nearly ejected us from the agency coordinators for a kick-off another story. I decided to teach my three ride! Another wound to my ego came along teenagers a little something about golf. breakfast in Tampa where we had an the Nantahala River in an inﬂatable kayak Of course, it helps to be good enough at opportunity to meet our friends from called a “Duckie.” While the teens stayed golf to actually pass something on during Hillsborough and other neighboring aﬂoat, I ﬂipped my kayak on the falls. My a lesson. I lost at least a dozen balls on hat drowned. By a miracle, I did not. counties participating in this year’s errant drives and found some vindication Now for real ups and downs. Risking funding drive. A workshop is being to discover six others in the bushes. My heart attack, I ignored the warning signs at planned for August 29, and a ﬁnal sons lost many more, which made me feel the Paramount Carowinds theme park. I kick-off breakfast will be held at our only slightly better. They seemed to enjoy rode every roller coaster with the boys. The Clearwater Campus on September 8 to racing golf carts around the course more “Top Gun” was my favorite – it’s like doing ofﬁcially begin the campaign. than golf and it reminded me of another aerobatics in an F-16. While Lora stood by As many of you already know, the Chevy Chase movie, “Caddyshack”. with her ﬁnger on the send button to 911, I United Way supports about 26 The ﬁrst destination was my mother- also took on the “Borg Assimilator” touting CONTINUED on PAGE 8 in-law’s mountain home in Monterey, “the most inversions heading straight TN where I partook in another relaxing, toward the ground” than any ride in the rewarding and rejuvenating vacation sport Southeast. Fortunately, I didn’t eat any – home improvement. Yes, I traded in my funnel cake before this one! nine iron for a trowel as I laid tile and then We ended our trip in Cocoa Beach where picked up a hammer to replace planks in I taught my sons how to surf (which I hadn’t her deck. Look out Ty Pennington. I may done since college!) while they taught actually have something to fall back on if me skim boarding. My wife delighted in this County Administrator thing doesn’t watching an old guy trying to act youthful! work out. So, to answer the ﬁrst question I posed, Meanwhile, Lora, my wife, headed to the – was it worth it? Every minute and every local ﬂea markets where she purchased cent. I strongly encourage all of you to mostly useless items that “we can’t live take advantage of your earned leave to without.” Being the budget-minded person spend some quality time with those most I am, I am supposed to be comforted in important to you. knowing that she got “such a great deal.” My vacation wasn’t cheap. As part of my endeavor to forget that Future required visits to the chiropractor: I have now lived for half a century, I am $1,429. 50. United Way Chairman, Paul Alexander constantly trying to keep up with my sons. Bonding with my wife and sons and applies a fresh coat of enamel to the Risking my back, my stomach and my pride, creating family memories we’ll always trim in one of the rooms slated for a I found a number of opportunities during share: PRICELESS. facelift at the James B. Sanderlin our summer vacation. One came in the Neighborhood Family Center. form of Ober Gatlinburg Alpine Sledding. P I N E L L A S P E N Go to work or STAY IN BED? TIME WELL SPENT 4-H Afterschool involves giving one hour How do you decide to stay at home or a week to lead a group of kids ages 8 to HEART WALK RESCHEDULED 12 through fun learning experiences in an go to work when you don’t feel good? Due to an unforeseen conﬂict, the 2005 Following are some tips to guide you in existing after-school program. Tampa Bay Heart Walk will now be held Training, materials and support are that choice. on November 12th, 2005 at 8:00 a.m. at provided by Pinellas County Extension. the St. Pete Times Forum. This date change Go to work if… was not the request of the American Heart Days, times and locations are tailored to • You don’t have a fever. each volunteer’s needs. A background Association, but is in relation to permitting check is required and mandatory training • You have a dry cough with very issues out of their control. little mucus. will be held in August and September. Plan to join Commissioners Robert B. For information, call Karen Saley, Pinellas • You are recovering and no longer Stewart and Ronnie E. Duncan and the contagious. County Extension education instructor by rest of the Pinellas County Team as they September 14th, at 582-2411. • You do your best to avoid human walk together to meet this year’s goal of contact as long as you are feeling raising $17,000 to help ﬁght heart disease. “under-the-weather.” To volunteer as a Team Captain or for • You cover your mouth when you more information, please contact Tim cough or sneeze. Closterman, Volunteer Services Manager, at 464-3945. The Pen LOOKING FOR A FUN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY? 4-H NEEDS YOU! If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that allows you to work with youngsters, but you are you strapped for time, 4-H has the perfect opening—4-H Afterschool. OBITUARY Stay home if … • You have a fever. • You have a persistent cough accompanied by mucus buildup and runny nose. • You have a severe sore throat. • You are throwing up. If you must go to work… • Tell colleagues you are sick. • Avoid human contact. • Cover your mouth when you sneeze Darryl Gainey Ricky T. Newman or cough. The Pen is saddened to announce The Pen is sorry to report the loss of Ricky the passing of Darryl Gainey on July T. Newman, Telecommunications Service If your staff is sick… 28, 2005. Darryl began working for Technician, of Information Systems on • Send contagious employees home. the County in 1995 as a Temporary July 11, 2005. Ricky started working as • Focus on the morale of workers employee in General Services and was a Mechanic at Fleet Management in forced to pick up the slack. later promoted to an Administrative November 1987 and was promoted to • Trust employees to know when Support Specialist at the Airport. The Telephone Services Technician at Facility they’re too sick to work. Pen extends heartfelt condolences to Management in 1995. Ricky enjoyed • Remember the big picture: healthy her family, especially to our colleague working on cars and ﬁshing in the gulf. workers are productive workers. and Darryl’s father Bob Hicks, Deputy Those who knew and worked with him for the Property Appraiser’s Ofﬁce, will miss him. Reprinted with permission from the Suncoast Safety Personnel Administrative Operations. The Pen extends heartfelt sympathy Council, Inc. www.suncoastsafety.org Her friends and co-workers will miss to his family and co-workers at the Darryl’s infectious laughter and quiet, Telecommunications Division for their gentle demeanor. loss. P-6 w w w . p i n e l l a s c o u n t y . o r g P-7 SERVICEAWARDS SERVICE ANNIVERSARIES 15 YEARS Raymond W. Kosach ................ General Services Department Leroy Joiner ........General Services Department Margaret F. Dohrman .......................Emergency Communications Robert W. Thompson ........Utilities Department Anamaria E. Plumridge ....Utilities Department Warren E. Bown ................Utilities Department David T. Pachucki..............Utilities Department Nancy J. Stock ............ Clerk of the Circuit Court Catherine L. Moore ... Clerk of the Circuit Court Steven L. Farber ............... Tax Collector’s Ofﬁce 10 Years 30 YEARS 20 YEAR SERVICE Arthur F. Wilson.................Utilities Department Frederick R. Stager, Jr. LEFT TO RIGHT: Steven R. Barriger, Property Dale W. Armstrong ................. Extension Service Park Supervisor & Stores Clerk 3, Utilities; Bruce B. Cherkas, Chance E. Walton ..............Utilities Department Culture, Education & Leisure Department Crew Chief 1, Public Works-Highway; Brian C. Charles R. Sumner ..................Communications Wallace, Crew Chief 2, Public Works-Highway; Laurence M. Ritchie .......................Public Works Ronald Kirkland, Land Survey Tech 1, Public Department Works; Michael R. Roiland, BCC Web Site Charlotte G. Amos ..... Clerk of the Circuit Court Coordinator, Information Systems 5 Years Kevin G. Rosekrans ........ Public Works-Highway Department David Deck ..................... Public Works-Highway (Unavailabe for photo) Department The Pen John C. McGlone .............. Culture, Education & 25 Years Leisure Department Joseph A. Eckweiler Sonya P. Miller ..................Culture, Education & Trades/Field Services Supervisor Leisure Department General Services Department 25 YEAR SERVICE Stephen Baird ..........Public Works Department LEFT TO RIGHT: Patricia A. Young, Appraiser Theresa E. Robinette . EMS/Fire Administration James A. Dates 5, Property Appraiser’s Ofﬁce; Michael A. David S. Howdeshell ....... Building Department Bureau Director Justice/Consumer Services Butts, Park Supervisor, Culture, Education Richard H. Mason ............................ Emergency Justice/Consumer Services & Leisure Department; Diane M. Smith, Communications Property & Control Specialist, Purchasing Rickard C. Webster ............................Emergency Marylynn Dunham Department Communications Senior Court Clerk Linda K. Reed ....................Utilities Department Clerk of the Circuit Court Bette Ann Williams ...........Utilities Department Geoffrey R. Hamlin .... County Attorney’s Ofﬁce 20 Years REPCO NEWS Hugh Moore Fagen Trades/Field Services Supervisor Anne DiNatale Olsen Clerk of the Circuit Court Charles A. Miller ........ Clerk of the Circuit Court Caroline E. Franklin ......... Tax Collector’s Ofﬁce Culture, Education & Leisure Department REPCO (Retired Employees Catherine Capuano .......... Tax Collector’s Ofﬁce of Pinellas County) meets at Cindy E. Beeler ................. Tax Collector’s Ofﬁce Alfred J. Guariglia Rita J. Gillin ....................... Tax Collector’s Ofﬁce noon on the second Monday of Spray Tech each month at Stacy’s Buffet Culture, Education & Leisure Department Restaurant, 1451 Missouri Avenue North. The next scheduled meeting is September 12th. Come early and enjoy a great lunch at the restaurant RETIREMENTS with us. This month’s program will feature Bob Simon who will Over 14 ½ Years talk about the “Good Life Games Ann S. Simmons of Clearwater” program. You Justice Program don’t have to be a Pinellas Coordinator Justice & Consumer County retiree to join us— Services current employees are also welcome. If you have news to share for Over 30 Years Over 26 ½ Years Over 26 Years the REPCO newsletter, contact Patricia T. Wolf Florence Samantha L. Lee Marsh at: Director, Tax Collector Carey-Madonia Anderson Tax Collector Human Resources Craftworker 1 firstname.lastname@example.org Technician General Services or mail to 1325 Byron Drive, Personnel Patty will be spending Clearwater, FL 33756, phone time raising her 441-1016. beagles, enjoying her family and her time in retirement. P I N E L L A S P E N CLIMBING PROMOTIONS THELADDER CULTURE, EDUCATION & LEISURE Mark B. Warchola.....................................Park Maint Wkr Career Development CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Bobby V. Peters ................................................Rec Spec 3 Forum Rebecca Sayre-Shane ...................................... Court Clerk Theodoros Tsakonas ..................................... Fis Rec Spec By Gene Pressoir, Human Resources Manager, Personnel COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Are you interested in enhancing your career opportunities? Anthony M. Jones ............................. Asst Dir Comm Dev Want to network with some of the “movers and shakers” of Pinellas County government? Then sign up for the Career PROPERTY APPRAISER Development Forum! This ongoing workshop provides general Pamela M. Johnson ..................... Sr Pers Real Prop Spec information and tips on how to enhance your career possibilities through networking, information sessions, and mentoring. Forum PURCHASING sessions provide you with numerous opportunities to interact Amelia E. McFarlane ..................Sr Procurement Analyst with county supervisors and managers willing to share their experience and expertise and perhaps serve as mentors. You will TAX COLLECTOR also have an opportunity to discuss topics like: Ruben Bosch-Cardona ........................................ Tax Spec Lori A. Dombrowski .......................... Asst Agency Admin • Characteristics of Effective Leaders Joseph G. Lardi .................................. Asst Agency Admin • Hiring and Promotion Process/Job Interviewing Techniques • How to Develop Skills for Getting Along and Moving Ahead UTILITIES • How to Eliminate Behaviors that Hinder Progress and Demetrius L. Brown .........................................Util Spec 1 Development Terry R. Frame..................................................Util Spec 1 • Organizational Communications and Politics (incl. Allen D. Heckman ...........................................Util Spec 1 Networking) George E. Proper ..............................................Util Spec 2 • Taking Personal Responsibility for Your Success Sessions begin September 14 and end the next July. You must commit to attending seven 3-hour sessions for the ﬁrst 3 months, UNITED WAY then bi-monthly. What do previous Forum participants think CONTINUED from PAGE 5 about this opportunity? When asked, on a scale of 1-10, how different agencies in the county and 72 throughout the Tampa much the Forum had been worth their time, the class of 2005 Bay Area. As a result of our generous donations, such rated it an average of 9.0. In 2004, the average rating was 9.6! organizations as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army have been Here is what two of last year’s participants had to say: able to provide numerous health and human services to those in great need. As such, the lives of many men, women and The CDF has allowed me to meet some very interesting people. children have been enriched as we help to ‘Build a Strong, Caring I found out what they do and how different departments Community’. operate. The mentors are very down to earth and always I would like to extend a warm welcome to Len Ciecieznski who available to help. This is a great networking device. This has graciously agreed to fulﬁll the role of our United Way Loaned forum keeps me positive and gives me something to look Executive. Len will be attending a series of training programs forward to. And the topics are always helpful. I really enjoyed and workshops in August, and will be helping us throughout the each session. entire campaign. I would also like to extend a special note of Kenya Collins, Ofﬁce Specialist, Utilities-Telephone Center thanks to Ronnie Goodstein and Maria I. Reilly who have done an outstanding job behind the scenes in preparation for our 2005 As an eight-year employee of Pinellas County I began Drive. to get into a rut in my current job. I was beginning to Finally, I would like to thank all of the employees of Pinellas become negative at work and blaming others for my lack County in advance for your help and support for what I know of advancement. After attending the Career Development will be a very successful and rewarding experience as we ‘Build a Forum, I was able to see it is all up to me to put myself in Stronger, Caring Community’. the position for advancement. I recommend the Forum for anyone whether you are looking for advancement or not. It gives you a whole new perspective on you and management. Remember, “you create it all.” COMING IN OCTOBER… Karl Booker, Social Worker 1, Human Services Proﬁles – Paul Alexander, III, Director of Information Technology, It’s Flu Season, Tips for purchasing a new PC Join the Forum for a truly rewarding experience. Sign up by ﬁlling and more… out a Training Registration Form available on the Intranet at Send your ideas, questions and comments to: http://ups.co.pinellas.ﬂ.us/eos/training/default.htm or contact email@example.com, through your training coordinator. For more information, call Personnel’s inter-ofﬁce mail to The Pen, attention Editor; or call the Employee & Organizational Support Division at 464-3796. Employee InfoLine at 464-5100.