Nov. 20 eScoop: Celebrating safely, decorating wisely and honoring the County Attorney

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Newsletter 2

Nov. 20, 2020

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Health Department offers recommendations for holiday gatherings

County employees will soon be enjoying four days off work to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. It's a time when many families gather from near and far to stuff themselves with turkey, pie and all the other fixings.

However, this year the Pima County Health Department recommends adapting many traditions to increase safety, particular with the recent rise in cases of COVID-19 in our community.

Check out for recommendations on how you can keep your family safe from Thanksgiving through New Year's.


Children's Advocacy Center

Supervisors honor County Attorney LaWall’s 44-year career

“Barbara LaWall Children’s Advocacy Center” is now the official name of the county-owned building that houses the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southern Arizona.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted on Oct. 20 to bestow this special tribute upon County Attorney Barbara LaWall in recognition of the quarter century of dedication she has demonstrated to children in our community who have been victims of crimes of abuse.


Chuck Huckelberry

ECAP campaign extended to Dec. 18

The 51st Employees Care About Pima County (ECAP) Campaign is officially being extended through Dec. 18, per a Nov. 13 memo from County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.

The year "has been difficult on everyone throughout the Community due to Covid-19," wrote Huckelberry. But "our Community needs a helping hand especially during these challenging times."

Employees can donate through a bi-weekly or one-time payroll deduction [credit card accepted], or by cash/check through their department solicitors. Email questions to


Holiday decorations

Facilities Management shares guidance on holiday decorations

Planning for holiday decorations and festive activities is already underway. While planning and preparing please be consistent with County sustainability efforts by utilizing less electricity and becoming more energy conscious by using LED lights only.

Facilities Management encourages the use of non-illuminated holiday decorations. However, we continue to support traditional holiday light displays/decorations based on past history because of its temporary status.


Jars of change

Procurement discovers some change really is a good thing

Life has been looking very different lately, but staff in the Procurement Department think change is actually a good thing. And so do their friends at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

This fall, Procurement held a “Change” drive to benefit the Food Bank as part of its Ben’s Bells Kind Colleagues Program. The Department split up into three teams according to department division: Admin Services, Materials & Services, and Design & Construction. Nichole Caballero served as the Change Drive moderator and chief counter of the collected money.


Password-less PIN

Coming soon from ITD: password-less login

The Pima County Information Technology Department (ITD) will soon deploy a password-less login feature using Windows Hello for Business. In Windows 10, this will replace passwords with login confirmation that combines an enrolled device with a PIN.

ITD is currently testing this technology. More information and instructions will be provided as we begin implementation of Windows Hello for Business.


August 1997 The Scoop

What’s The Scoop?

Remember when Brooks Keenan was appointed director of both the Transportation Department and the Regional Flood Control District?

We wrote about it back in the August 1997 issue of The Scoop, the predecessor of today's eScoop.

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


Counseling session

Healthy Happenings: Managing uncertainty, building resilience and saving money

The November issue of Heathy Happenings features advice on coping with uncertainty, the 12 Days of Wellness Challenge, building your resilience, and making smart money decisions now and in the new year. You'll also find information on the "Do the 5 Challenge" and the programs offering tuition discounts to employees.


DOT workers

Well Done! High fives to employees in Transportation, NRPR and PACC

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 praise for employees in DOT and NRPR as well as those who made the annual Best of Tucson list.


R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to PC

Last month, Human Resources’ Training and Development team asked County employees for their input on the respectful behaviors they believe all employees should possess. The survey was part of the Training and Development team’s ongoing efforts to capture data to build a training program that embodies the County's values of We A.R.E. Pima County – Accountable, Respectful, Ethical.

Find out what the top vote-getters were.


grease campaign

Save that holiday cooking grease! Pima County can use it

Don’t pour those drippings from your Thanksgiving turkey down the drain. Instead, store your fats, oils, and grease (FOG) in containers and bring it to the 16th Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event Jan. 9.

Collections will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at six locations around Pima County, thanks to a partnership with the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department and Grecycle, the Town of Sahuarita, Jacobs, and Gold Star Pumping.


Steve Christy and Anne Gibson

Esmond Station Library renamed to honor community member Anne Gibson

The Pima County Board of Supervisors at its Nov. 17 meeting approved the renaming of the planned Esmond Station Vail Library for Anne Gibson.

The Library, which will be located at 10931 W. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, will receive the new name in honor of the well-known community member and tireless champion for bringing a library to the greater Vail area.


December Mystery Photo

Mystery photo

Where was I taken?

Send your best guess to Be sure to put Mystery Photo in the subject line.

Our last Mystery Photo had only two correct guesses. Find out where last month's photo was taken and the lucky two who guessed correctly.