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Nov. 6, 2020

polling place

Team effort made for successful election

Presidential elections can be frenzied during the best of times. But during a worldwide pandemic, fuhgeddaboudit.

Fortunately, through the hard work of folks at the Pima County Elections Department and Pima County Recorder’s Office, the 2020 General Election has gone off without a hitch here in Southern Arizona.


COB staff

Director’s ECAP enthusiasm takes the cake

In the last week, the Clerk of the Board has handed out a balloon and mini Bundt cake to each of her 19 employees. Early holiday gifts? Nope.

The gesture was a thank you for those who have participated in the County’s annual ECAP campaign and a gentle nudge to those who haven’t yet made a gift.

Castañeda traveled out to her department’s Management of Information and Records division Oct. 30 with the goodies. On Nov. 3, she celebrated similarly with staff in the first floor Administration East office.


customer service

Nov. 6 is deadline to take customer service course

The Human Resources' Training and Staff Development team has created a customer service course called "Providing Exceptional Customer Service – The Essentials" that all employees need to complete by Nov. 6.

The 40-minute course, offered through LMS, contains a short quiz that will require a passing score of at least 80 percent. Visit the LMS website to enroll. Questions may be directed to your Department Personnel Representative, Department Training Coordinator or HR Training and Development at 724-7893 or


Halloween costumes

Staff’s Halloween costumes promote County attractions

Anyone can don a witch’s hat and call it a Halloween costume.

The staff in the County’s Attractions and Tourism Office decided to get a bit more creative and dress up on Oct. 30 in costumes representing various Pima County attractions and tourist destinations.

Can you guess which properties are represented by these employees?


Dr. Cullen

Well Done! Kudos to Procurement, a Development Services staffer and the Health Department director

Each issue, eScoop would like to give a shout-out to employees and departments who have earned 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. Send your ideas on employees who should receive a pat on the back to the eScoop editor.

In this issue, you’ll hear about a national honor for the Procurement Department, a statewide award for a Development Services official and the Health Department director lending her voice to an international discussion.


bike commuter

The results are in: County employees are driving less

Pima County employees just finished taking the annual Travel Reduction Employee Survey, as they are required to do every year to understand commute patterns and help with transportation planning.

Not surprisingly, COVID-19 changed the way Pima County employees commute to work, said staff from the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality. There was less driving alone and more use of alternate modes, particularly by teleworking. Carpooling and bus ridership went down, but there were more commutes by bike, walking, and using the streetcar.


FSA piggybank

Healthy Happenings: Tips on tracking your weight, budget

In this issue, learn about the holiday season's "No Weight Gain Challenge," holiday budgeting, a confidential support line to connect you to caring people, deadlines to sign up for Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Spending Accounts, and amAZing online courses, beginning in January.



Join Great American Smokeout® Nov. 19, get rewarded by County

Let the Great American Smokeout event on Thursday, Nov. 19, be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. You’ll be joining thousands of people who smoke across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk.

And if you pledge to be tobacco-free, you'll be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 Corporate Rewards gift cards and earn five Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points. Being tobacco-free also saves you $20 per pay period.


student at computer

Don’t just Google it: Use these research tips

Have you or your child ever had to find information on the internet for a school or college assignment? Going straight to Google might work, but it also might lead you to some websites that are off-topic or even untrustworthy.

Since many students are doing schoolwork from home, the Pima County Public Library is offering some tips to help you get the best results from your internet research.