City STAR Awards
City STARs are awarded to employees who made a significant impact on the City the previous year. The City STAR winner is Janna Beard, health inspector II in the Health Department’s Food, Lodging and Pools Division.
Environmental Health Community Liaison Leslie Foreman nominated Beard for successfully coordinating a project to improve the application process for events in Minneapolis where food will be served and for vendors working at those events.
“Every year, Minneapolis has many, many festivals, community celebrations, and other public events where food is served. The result is that hundreds of applications are received by the Health Department Food, Lodging and Pools health inspectors every year. Health inspectors review and approve every application. The application is needed to ensure food served at every event is properly prepared, transported, and served to control risk factors for food borne illness.
“Janna examined the process required for event food sponsors and food vendors to complete and submit their application. She saw the applications were cumbersome and confusing, especially for non-native English speakers. She saw the process could be improved to make it more customer-friendly and efficient.
“Janna’s work simplifying and streamlining the applications (the Event Food Sponsor permit, Short Term Food Vendor permit and Seasonal Food Vendor permit) resulted in significant time savings for both applicants and city staff.
“Janna embodies the City goal of, “A City that works” by improving a process to be more efficient and customer focused. In addition, she lives our division’s guiding principles of Protect health, safety and the environment and Support our businesses and our community.”
Published Jul 25, 2017