Congrats, 2019 first quarter STAR Award winners

Congratulations to the 17 City employees whose hard work and dedication to public service earned them Special Thanks And Recognition from their colleagues through the STAR Awards program this quarter. 

STAR Award winners receive special certificates and recognition coins from their departments. They are all also eligible for an annual Super STAR award that includes a crystal trophy and recognition at a Committee of the Whole meeting with the City Council in May. 

Here are the City’s latest STAR Award winners. 

City STAR Awards

City STARs are awarded to employees who made a significant impact on the City. The City STAR winners are:

Kevin Carroll
, principal project coordinator
Community Planning and Economic Development 

Miles Mercer, economic development manager, nominated Carroll for revamping the brownfield grant process: 

“Kevin Carroll was hired by the City of Minneapolis in December of 2006. He was immediately given responsibility for (among other things) the handling of the City’s brownfield grant program, which involves the solicitation of grant funding from various grantors for the benefit of Minneapolis industrial, commercial and residential development projects.  Brownfield grant funding is used to cover the costs of conducting environmental site investigations, cleaning up soil and groundwater contamination, removing hazardous materials (such as asbestos and lead based paint) from existing buildings, and installing vapor barriers in new buildings to protect their occupants and users.

“During the twelve years that Kevin has been here (2007 to 2018), the City has been awarded approximately $91.9 million in brownfield grant funding, or an average of about $7.66 million per year--- an increase of 83.5%. 

“During the first 12 years of our local grant programs, the City was awarded more than $6 million only once.  During Kevin’s tenure, the City has been awarded more than $6 million in 7 of the last 8 years.  In 2018, the City was awarded the highest annual amount of grant funding that any Minnesota city has ever received from our three local brownfield grantors during the entire 24-year history of their brownfield grant programs -- $12.6 million.”

Shanae Phillips, administrative analyst II
Civil Rights 

Andrew Hawkins, Civil Rights chief of staff, nominated Phillips for organizing outreach and engagement in a capacity that did not previously exist: 

“These efforts have allowed our department to increase our presence in the communities we serve and is instrumental in connecting residents with our services. What started as the hope we could improve existing events during the summer months turned into a monthly stream of education and engagement opportunities as a direct result of Shanae’s ability to apply her skill set to a request and consistently exceed expectations. 

“One of the best examples of this was the ‘Celebrating the Power of Women’ event Shanae organized for the Civil Rights Department.  With over 70 people in attendance, this event was hosted in the City Hall rotunda and meant to highlight women as entrepreneurs and leaders in the community. The event was moderated by WCCO's (now MPR's) Angela Davis and included a diverse panel who shared their experiences as well as fielded questions from community members in attendance.”

Co-STAR Awards

Co-STARS are awarded to outstanding teams of employees. The Co-STAR winners are:

Minneapolis 2040, the comprehensive plan team
Community Planning and Economic Development

Mary Altman, public arts administrator; Tina Beech, program assistant; Joseph Bernard, principal city planner; Adrienne Bockheim, senior city planner ; Andrea Burke, CPED project coordination supervisor; Madel Duenas, city planner; Wesley Durham, city planner; Breyonne Golding, city planner; Paul Mogush, planning manager; Talia Moorman, city planner; Rattana Sengsoulichanh, city planner; Jim Voll, principal city planner; Heather Worthington, long range planning director

Worthington nominated the comprehensive plan team for making the idea of this long-range document a reality:  

“Over a period of almost three years, and 250 community meetings, in addition to work with over 150 of their colleagues throughout the City Enterprise, they delivered the 2040 Comp Plan on time and with a 12-1 vote in favor of the plan from the City Council.  In the process, they developed strong partnerships in community, strengthened their already strong team approach, and helped make racial equity a priority in the City.  Individually, they gave hundreds of hours of overtime, and were able to hone their community engagement skills.  They shared the accolades and detractions, and allowed each other to lead specific components of the planning without ego or competition.  They have received national accolades and praise from their colleagues around the country for their courage and leadership.” 

Shining STAR Awards

Shining STARs are awarded to employees for their positive influence in the workplace. The Shining STAR winners are:

Vicki Bartone
, public works service worker I
Public Works 

Kent Warnberg, police sergeant, nominated Bartone for her positive and helpful attitude: 

“What sets Vicki apart, and makes her a nominee for this award, is the "How Can I Help You Attitude." This past winter (especially February) we had numerous snow storms with an enormous amount of snow dropped on us.  

“On many days, after the storms, Vicki would come in 0200 (4 hours early, with permission of her supervisor) and start plowing and removing snow from our precinct lot. I asked Vicki about that one morning, and she told me, ‘If I don't get this lot clear, the Officers won't be able to get out to answer their calls!’"

Amy Lavender
, intelligence analyst

Scott Gerlicher, police commander, nominated Lavender for bringing out the best in others: 

“Amy attends MPD's weekly shot meetings which is an important meeting where all shootings are discussed which have occurred in any given week. Many of these relate to gang involvement. Amy, although not at a command level, is able to interact with the lieutenants and deputy chiefs present and not only provide accurate information, but relay her perspective on things such as possible retaliations based on the suspects and/or victims involved. 

“Amy's knowledge and genuine willingness to go the extra mile to solve a problem or assist another MPD employee sets a great example to others.”  

STAR search

Do you know any STAR employees? Nominate them for awards. The nomination deadline for the next round of STAR Awards is June 30. Find the nominations forms here.

Published Jun 11, 2019



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