COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS
ROTARY 2017 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS
Honored by the Rotary Club of El Segundo for providing outstanding community service, please meet 2017 Community Service Awards recipients and City of El Segundo staff: Austreberto“Beto” Moreno, Acting Supervisor of the Street Maintenance Division, Fire Engineer Geoffrey Gerny, and Police Officer Chris Jenkins. These individuals were celebrated with a luncheon attended by community leaders as well as an awards presentation and recognition from the Mayor of El Segundo, State Representatives, and Los Angeles County Supervisor.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AUSTREBERTO “BETO” MORENO
Peace of mind that everything will be taken care of above and beyond expectations when Beto is on a project is the general sentiment from folks that have had the pleasure of working with Beto. He reports to the Director of Public Works, Ken Berkman, who stated: “He’s our MVP! No one has more of a ‘can do’ and positive attitude than Beto.”
Two weeks prior to the Rotary celebration, Beto received an acknowledgment from the City Council for his Employee of the Year Award. Awaiting for his name to be called, he reminisced about the days when he started out as a custodian prepping the Council Chamber area for City Council Meetings. Fast forward to that evening and full circle, here he was receiving high praise from the Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and City Council.
He is one of the longest-serving staff hired on April 12, 1990 as a custodian for three years before he transferred to the Street MaintenanceDivision. He then worked his way up through the Leadworker position and is currently the Acting Street Maintenance Division Supervisor, leading a team of seven staff responsible for over 60 miles of city streets and alleyways, sidewalks, curbs and gutter, signage and striping, and so much more in support of other City Departments.
Congratulations Beto! Thank you for your contribution in impacting the community’s quality of life!
FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR GEOFF GERNY
Born and raised in El Segundo, it was a dream come true for Geoff Gerny to serve as a firefighter in his beloved hometown. Geoff has had his finger on the pulse of the organization for many years. He has been very involved with our organization and instrumental in moving the El Segundo Fire Department forward.
He was involved in the design of the new department patch and was instrumental in the purchase of the 100 year anniversary helmets. He orchestrated a successful Fire Department Centennial Anniversary ceremony and parade attended by the community, current and retired firefighters and their families, and city officials. He also produced a video commemorating the anniversary. Geoff was the department representative on the city-wide committee researching a new website and most recently, developed and implemented an iPad-based daily log for the Engineers to document pre-trip data. He coordinated several successful community fundraisers such as the Police vs. Fire Softball game, and the Police vs. Fire Basketball game, where all proceeds go back into the community. Geoff volunteered to be the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) coordinator (the coordinator is responsible for providing emergency training to members of the community).
Geoff exemplifies what it means to be an El Segundo Firefighter. His professionalism with both members of the public and co-workers should be the standard. He has been a dedicated member of this department for over 10 years and Geoff has served as the Vice President of the ESFA for several years now. It is due to Geoff’s outstanding performance and contribution to our Department and the City that makes him Firefighter of the Year and Rotary’s Community Service Awardee for performing service above self!
Great job, Geoff! Thank you for your service.
POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR CHRIS JENKINS
On March 14, 2017, El Segundo Police Officer of the Year Chris Jenkins was honored by Police Chief Mitch Tavera and the Elks Lodge of Westchester during their Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. Officer Jenkins is currently assigned to the Traffic Unit and is a state certified Traffic Collision Reconstruction Investigator. Officer Jenkins has assisted neighboring police departments with their complex traffic collision investigations as well as helping implement new technology at the police department.
Great job, Chris! Thank you for your service