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Dec. 18, 2020

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A look back at a year of challenge and hope

To say this has been a tough year would be the understatement of all time.

  • We’ve been fighting a global pandemic.
  • Our business community has taken a huge hit as we work to keep the public safe.
  • We dealt with raging wildfires this summer and a unprecedented election this fall.

Through all that, says County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, County employees continued to serve the public. For that, he and the Board offer their sincere thanks.


Board OKs stay-at-home plan for employees

This week department directors and appointing authorities sent plans to the County Administrator's Office on how they plan to implement the Board-approved Stay-at-Home Plan set to begin Dec. 21 and last through Jan. 10.

County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said the plan is needed to help control the spread of COVID-19 in the community and workplace. The County has had 323 COVID-19 infections among employees, with the highest weekly total being Dec. 7-11, with 60 employees identified with the virus.

FAQs, stay-at-home guidance, information on telecommuting and more have been posted on the Employee Resource Page. If you can't find an answer to your question there, email or


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Departments to monitor temperatures at downtown locations

Human Resources will not be staffing the six downtown locations with temperature takers during the Stay-at-Home Plan period from Dec. 21, 2020, through Jan. 10, 2021.

The affected areas include:

  • Admin East, 130 W. Congress
  • Admin West, 150 W. Congress
  • 33 N. Stone
  • Legal Services Building, 32 N. Stone
  • Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone
  • Public Service Center, 240 N. Stone

Therefore, if a Department in one of these locations schedules an appointment with someone from the public, which requires the public member to enter one of the six downtown buildings, the Department will need to take the public member’s temperature.

Board approves rate changes for employee health insurance

The Board of Supervisors at its Dec. 15 meeting approved new health insurance rates and continuation of the Healthy Lifestyle Discount Program for fiscal year 2021-22.
Dental insurance rates will not be increased and no changes will be made in the Health Savings Account program or Healthy Lifestyle Discount Program. Currently, 92 percent of employees take advantage of at least one discount offered through the program.


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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 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 special honor for the Pima County Recorder, Library personnel who won statewide awards and staff assisting the business community.


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Pets can be great gifts, but let the recipient choose

You may be confident that your spouse or teen would just LOVE a furry companion, but have you checked with them?

Pima Animal Care Center offers suggestions on the best way to give an adopted animal a loving home. It's quick, easy and won't disrupt the life of your loved one or that new dog or cat.



Healthy Happenings

This issue includes information on the Virtual Healthy Living Program, tips on New Year's Resolutions and how to earn those Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discounts. 

As you're making those resolutions, consider eight tips to make healthier behavior stick all year long.


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Thanks for all your ECAP generosity

As of Dec. 17, employees had donated more than $272,000. County administration and the ECAP steering committee offer their deepest thanks.
Still want to make a gift? You can do so through the end of the day today, Dec. 18, by:

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Save that holiday cooking grease! Pima County can use it

Don’t pour the grease and drippings from your holiday cooking 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.


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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 three correct guesses. Find out where last month's photo was taken and the lucky three who guessed correctly.