City employees recognized

MONTE VISTA—Monte Vista city staff members were recognized for their commitment and dedication during the Monte Vista City Council meeting held on April 6.
Council began by acknowledging Jaime Hurtado, recreation director, for his first year of service. Mayor Debbie Garcia thanked him for the departments he has been expanding on and said “We always hear great things; you’re doing an excellent job.”
Rob Vance, public works director and city administrator, was the first to be recognized for five years of service and was thanked by Garcia on behalf of council. “Not only is he an awesome public works director he has been doing a great job of keeping the city running. We really appreciate everything you do.”
Anika Velasquez, Kids Connection director, was recognized for five years of service as well. Garcia discussed the positive feedback she hears from citizens about Velasquez and the Kids Connection, reminding attendees how vital the service is to the city. Garcia told Velasquez “we appreciate everything you do.” In addition Michael Ruybal of the Monte Vista Police Department was recognized for five years of service to the city. Ruybal was thanked by city council and by members of the audience alike for his dedication protecting the city.
The retirement of Michael Sanchez was also announced and recognized by city council. Sanchez has worked in the public works department for 25 years and was thanked by Public Works Director and City Administrator Rob Vance, who presented him with a safety vest as a parting gift as Sanchez is a bike and scooter enthusiast. Sanchez told the council and the audience, “When I first started I never thought I would be here 25 years… I would most like to thank my wife and my kids for being there for me. When I first started I was running the Phillips 66 station and I did this for a change, and this [retirement] will be a change for me too, but I’m going to enjoy it because I have my kids and my family.” Sanchez thanked Vance, City Council and the Public Works staff. Mayor Garcia said the city would miss his knowledge and expertise.

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