City of Pleasanton employees were honored at their yearly Christmas dinner held December 4 at the Pleasanton Civic Center. City Manager Bruce Pearson complimented the council and staff in his opening remarks.
“I just want to say to the council on behalf of the empoyees, we couldn’t do what we do without you all,” said Pearson.
Employees, council members, county officials, retired members and guests enjoyed a delicious enchilada dinner with all the trimmings.
Pearson presented 5, 10, 15 and 25 year certificates to four employees.
Serving five years is Emika Chapa, dispatcher (she was unable to attend); Barbara Martinez has been with the City for 10 years. Roy Garcia was acknowledged for his 15 years of service. Public Works Director Johnny Huizar was honored for his 25 years of employment.
This year, the City awarded certificates to four employees from different departments and from those finalists, a city wide employee of the year was chosen.
The four finalists named were David Haley, Administrative Employee of the Year; Sharon Buendel, Public Works Employee of the Year; Gina Stewart, Facilities/ Activities Employee of the Year and Justin Granato, Public Safety Employee of the Year. Sharon Buendel was honored with the City Wide Employee of the Year award.
“Thank you for everything that you do. You make the city look good. What a great representation that we had up here,” said Mayor Clint Powell.
Tony Aguirre, Activities/ Facilities Coordinator then held several contests before Blue Santa came to pass out the Secret Santa gift exchange.
An Ugly Sweater contest was held with Megan Caballero taking top honors. Johnny Huizar guessed the correct amount of Christmas lights – 1,200- on the tree. Winning the Christmas Carol contest were Sean Saldivar, Megan Caballero, Beth Carroll, Sherry Broom, Valerie Purgason and Sue Brown.
city wide employee of the year