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June 19, 2020


Well done! Employees jump from frying pan to the (Bighorn) fire

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

This issue, you’ll hear about County employees helping with the Bighorn Fire, donating blood and keeping our parks looking ship shape. If you know of an employee who deserves recognition, please email the eScoop editor.


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New Administrative Procedure mandates face masks

County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry on June 11 created an Administrative Procedure mandating that all employees wear cloth face masks in all County facilities, specifically in lobbies, common areas and elevators; in areas where physical distancing isn't possible; and where there is no protective barrier.

Each County department should supply cloth masks to their employees and disposable masks to members of the public. Request masks from Spencer Graves at


Dr. Bob England

County bids farewell to Dr. Bob

Bob England didn't sign up for this. His stint as Pima County Health Director was supposed to last three months.

But life has a way of screwing up even the best-laid plans, erecting roadblocks like a global pandemic that turned this interim gig into a nearly yearlong job managing the health of Pima County residents under some of the most trying circumstances imaginable.


Theresa Cullen

Cullen accepts stethoscope from former classmate

Theresa Cullen always enjoyed reconnecting with her med school classmate Bob England. The two occasionally crossed paths over the course of their respective careers in public health – with her arcing toward federal service and academics, while his trajectory took him to local programs and agencies.

So, it came as a nice surprise in late January 2020 when Cullen received an email from England encouraging her to apply for his current job.



County offers tools to improve financial health

Pima County is looking out for employees’ financial wellness with two different programs.

SmartDollar is a financial wellness program that the Human Resources Department launched April 7 and is free of charge to all benefits-eligible employees. Employees feeling some financial stress also may wish to take advantage of the employee loan program that’s been offered through Kashable since 2018.



Combined departments to be called Community & Workforce Development

Community Services, Employment and Training and Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation will combine effective July 1 and be known as Community & Workforce Development.

CSET and CDNC traditionally have provided community resources through grant and general fund budgets, addressing areas such as housing, emergency services, homelessness, youth programs, employment and job training, and business services. Arnold Palacios will serve as director and Daniel Tylutki will be deputy director.


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Healthy Happenings: Virtual fitness classes, more on tap

The Employee Wellness team is adapting to the current situation by providing virtual wellness program options in place of some of the regular onsite offerings. In this issue of "Healthy Happenings," you also can find information on a new seasonal fitness challenge, tuition discounts and the "Do the Five" challenge.


The Scoop

What’s The Scoop?

ECAP -- the Employees Combined Appeal Program -- has been around for a long time. In fact, we wrote about it in the Oct. 8, 1982, issue of The Scoop, the predecessor of today’s eScoop employee newsletter.

The name has changed. The campaign is now known as "Employees Care About Pima County," but some things stay the same.

See if you recognize one of the co-chairs of the campaign. Last we heard, he's still kicking around Pima County.


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Human Resources looking at new ways to offer training

Human Resources’ Training and Development team is exploring online courses and other innovative ways to conduct training for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Training and Development Officers said they’ve heard that many employees have questions and concerns regarding when and how training will resume. “We want employees to know we’re continuing to work hard for them,” said members of the team.


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Mystery Photo is back!

Where was I taken? Send your best guess to Be sure to put Mystery Photo in the subject line.

Our last Mystery Photo ran way back in late February. Find out where it was taken.


Wastewater, Tucson Water have new online payment system

Wastewater Reclamation is working with Tucson Water to advise customers of its new online payment system that launched June 17. Sign up at the Tucson Water utility pay site.