Congratulations 2017 Super STAR winners

The City named the winners of this year’s Super STAR Awards in a ceremony May 10. The Super STARs received certificates of commendation and trophies and were honored in a Committee of the Whole meeting.

The Super STAR Awards mark the culmination of the past year’s STAR Awards. Since July 1, 2016, 157 employees received Special Thanks and Recognition through the STAR Awards employee recognition program for their excellence and extraordinary effort on behalf of the City.

Of the 157 winners, one Super STAR was named the best of the year from each STAR Awards category. Here are the Super STARs:

City STARs are awarded to employees who made a significant impact on the City.

Here is the 2017 City STAR Super STAR:


Forrest Brown, housing inspector II
Administration and Community Engagement, Regulatory Services

Brown was nominated for his initiative, creativity and cross-departmental collaboration in the development of the Minneapolis Homeowner Resource Guide, a significant enterprise tool that is user-friendly and increases customer satisfaction. Residents and staff can search loans, grants and all available repair resources based on their locations on a Minneapolis map. This interactive tool has increased community engagement significantly by allowing residents easy access to all the financial and repair resources available to them. The Minneapolis Homeowner Resource Guide has vastly expanded the ability of all residents to make needed repairs to abate violations by providing them with the financial and volunteer resources available. This database has become an important tool that is used not only by his fellow inspectors in Regulatory Services but also by Neighborhood and Community Relations staff, the City Council offices and all the neighborhood groups and cultural communities in the city who found the interactive map and accompanying printed guide extremely useful.

Brown was nominated by Regulatory Services Deputy Director Kellie Jones and Angie Hugen, manager of the Homeowner Navigation Program.

Co-STARs are awarded to outstanding teams.

Here is the 2017 Co-STAR Super STAR:


Bryan Tyner (Fire), Krista Guzman (HR), Erica Prosser (Fire), Tammy Dickinson (Community Planning and Economic Development), and Melanie Rucker (Fire). Not pictured: Amber Lage (Fire),
Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Career Pathway

This team took the idea for the program and worked through numerous issues to make the EMS Pathways Academy a reality. The EMS Pathways Academy consists of a 12-week paid program during which participants study coursework to obtain their basic emergency medical technician certification. The Fire Department’s EMS Pathways Academy graduated 23 out of 28 participants in August 2016 for an 82 percent completion rate. Six of these graduates have moved on to become fire cadets with the Fire Department. Three were granted full scholarships to continue their education to become paramedics through Hennepin County Medical Center’s EMS education. Two were hired by Hennepin County Medical Center to be EMS dispatchers, while six others have obtained EMT positions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Featured in the broadcast news media and newspapers, the program is considered to be highly successful and has shed a good light on the City.

This team was nominated by Asst. Fire Chief of Administration Bryan Tyner.

North STARs are awarded to outstanding leaders.

Here is the North STAR Super STAR:


Steve Poor, director
Development Services, Community Planning and Economic Development

Poor was nominated for his outstanding leadership of CPED’s Development Services Division. As interim director of the brand new Development Services Division during the early stages of this transition, Poor was instrumental in establishing the division’s presence and ensuring a smooth transition for CPED’s customers and staff. Poor was appointed to serve as Development Services director permanently in 2015. For the past two years, Poor has led the staff responsible for ensuring more than $1 billion of permitted construction is not only vibrantly designed but also safely built in line with City and department goals. Most recently, Poor has overseen Development Services Division efforts to protect historic districts and landmarks emblematic of Minneapolis’ racial and religious diversity, helping to eliminate disparities in our heritage preservation program and better engage all segments of Minneapolis’ populace. That’s no surprise coming from a lifelong resident of the city who has a story about almost any Minneapolis building that you can name.

Steve Poor was nominated by Senior City Planner John Smoley.

Shining STARs are awarded to employees for their positive influence in the workplace.

Here is the 2017 Shining STAR Super STAR:


Breanna Patsch, administrative analyst II
Development Services, Community Planning and Economic Development

Breanna Patsch was nominated for the great attitude she maintains no matter the situation. Patsch has been a leading force in Construction Code Services with the ELMS launch, going above and beyond to make sure people feel comfortable with the system. She is a champion for the department, fighting to ensure ELMS is where it needs to be so staff can be efficient and consistent in their jobs. She educated herself on how all departments functioned, so she could be an invaluable resource who is more than willing to answer any questions and help problem-solve any issue.

Patsch was nominated by Program Assistant Marques Olson.






Published May 23, 2017



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