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Feb. 7, 2020

Employees having fun

County employees join in 'National Fun at Work Day' social media trend

When it comes to getting the job done and having fun while doing it, you can consider Pima County employees experts. Whether we're performing blindfolded team-building exercises, singing to kids, counting mosquitos, cuddling dogs or carrying a ginormous pipe to our next job site, our employees genuinely seem to love what they do, as evidenced in this recent Facebook post.


Wastewater cleanup

Well done!

Each issue, eScoop would like to give a shout-out to employees and departments who have earned special recognition. We want to hear about employees who have earned kudos on the job as well as those being recognized for their work or volunteerism outside the office.

This issue, we'll read about Wastewater's clean-up on the Santa Cruz River, a grateful park patron and NRPR's successful efforts to recruit volunteers.


Cory Dent

How do you get to work? Commuters share their stories

In our last issue of eScoop, Beth Gorman with the County’s Department of Environmental Quality wrote about her experience as a bus commuter. We decided to see who else uses an alternate mode of transportation to get to work.

Meet employees who commute by bus, bike and on foot.


Ray Velez

ECAP donations top $300,000 mark

Nearly 60 percent of County employees gave to the 2019 Employees Care About Pima County (ECAP) Campaign, an all-time high. Employees donated $301,820 to agencies ranging from the Alzheimer’s Association to Youth on Their Own.

The campaign officially ended Dec. 27, though employees can make gifts at any time.


IT site

Information Technology has new Intranet site

The Information Technology Department has a new website featuring a modern and minimalist design that matches current Pima County branding. Usability improvements have been made to enhance the overall user experience, including a new Employee Resource Center area featuring the most commonly visited information.


Vote Here sign

Election dos and don’ts included in memo

As the County approaches another four-year cycle for its officers and offices, the County Administrator’s Office is reminding employees of State statutes and County codes regarding election activities.

Additional training materials will be provided in the near future. County Administration has asked department directors and management to ensure County employees are aware of these directives during this election cycle.


The Scoop

What’s The Scoop?

Remember when El Pueblo Library, 101 W. Irvington Road, was dedicated? The newly minted District 5 Supervisor was on hand, as was his predecessor, now a member of Congress.

We wrote about it in the August 2002 issue of The Scoop, the predecessor of today’s eScoop employee newsletter.

We’ll profile a different front page is each issue of our current eScoop.


Kate Vesely

Vesely named Director of Reform Initiatives

Kate Vesely has been named Director of Reform Initiatives for the County’s Criminal Justice Reform Unit.

Vesely has served as director of Specialty Court Initiatives in the Pima County Attorney’s Office since 2015.  In that capacity, she managed the highly successful Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison program, identifying individuals with serious addiction and diverting them to residential substance abuse treatment and a specialized probation caseload.


Hand washing

No cases of coronavirus confirmed in Pima County

By now most County employees have heard about the outbreak of a new coronavirus (2019 nCoV) in Wuhan, China. As with any emerging infectious disease, there is a lot health officials are still determining, such as the ways in which it spreads, how effectively it spreads from person to person, and how severe the infection is.

Though the outbreak has now spread to multiple countries, including the United States, no cases have been confirmed in Pima County at this time.


Fitness class

Mammography, bone density scans part of this month’s Healthy Happenings

The February Healthy Happenings newsletter invited employees to get mobile mammography and bone density screenings at one of several County and City of Tucson locations the week of Feb. 10.

Employees also can check out dates and locations of group fitness classes for every fitness level.


Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month at your local library

February kicks off Black History Month and Library patrons will find plenty of interesting material online and at their local branches.

Among the offerings: Black female leaders then and now; DVDs on black history and culture; the history of the black community in Tucson; black musicians and their music and much more.


election button

Feb. 18 is Presidential Preference Election registration deadline

Arizona’s Democratic Party will hold its Presidential Preference Election on March 17, 2020. In order to vote in this Election, you must be a registered Democrat. The Arizona Republican Party has opted out of the Presidential Preference Election this year.