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Feb. 5, 2021

Beth Gorman

Career promoting clean air draws to a close

After nearly 12,000 bus rides and some 3,500 carpool commutes, one of Pima County’s biggest champions of clean air has decided to retire.

Beth Gorman, public information officer for the Department of Environmental Quality, has spent nearly 35 years with the County, nearly all of it with DEQ.



Feb. 12 is deadline to complete telecommuting course

The newly created Telecommuting Program requires both the telecommuting employee and their respective supervisor to complete a 40-minute online telecommuting course per the newly drafted Administrative Procedure 3-33, Telecommuting Program.

Learn more in the Telecommuting Guide and Agreement.

Click here to take the Employee Telecommuting Program course or the Supervisor Telecommuting Program course.

Downtown skyline

Pima County tops in trails, talent

The Chuck Huckelberry Loop has been nominated for a USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award as one of the Best Recreational Trails in the United States.

If you love The Loop, let the rest of the nation know. You can vote once a day, per person before Feb. 14.


Pima County made the biggest gains in the country in attracting talent to the region, according to recent analysis from Emsi, an international labor market data company.

Their data crunchers regularly examine community trends in the competition for talent. This year, Emsi specifically analyzed how existing trends in remote work brought on by the pandemic have affected the ability to attract talent to the region.


Blood drive

Well Done! Kudos to PACC, ITD and all County blood donors

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 those going above and beyond in Information Technology, staff and volunteers with Pima Animal Care taking care of pets and people and County employees giving the gift of life.


New Employee Orientation schedule set

Beginning Feb. 22, Human Resources will start offering New Employee Orientations (NEO) every two weeks, on the second Monday of the pay period, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The change is being made to coincide with the upcoming Employee OnBoarding that will start some time in 2021. For now, Human Resources will continue to host NEO virtually through Microsoft Teams. The department is working on updating NEO through the use of videos and online courses, with a live session to answer questions. More information will follow.


April 1991 The Scoop

What's the Scoop?

When students from Los Niños Elementary School and members of Up With People got together to plant 50 South American hybrid mesquite trees at Kino Hospital, Pima County Supervisors Raul Grijalva and Dan Eckstrom were right there with them.

The Scoop wrote about it on its front page back in April 1991. We’ll profile a different front page in each issue of our current eScoop.


Tax prep

Webinar will help employees navigate tax-assistance program

The free tax assistance Pima County and United Way have offered since 2016 will look different this year, but Pima County employees can help make the process easier for everyone by attending a Feb. 11 training webinar.

The VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance) program, which is a partnership between Pima County’s Community & Workforce Development (CWD) Department and the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, is mostly virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Healthy Happenings: Living free of diabetes, cash rewards and award-winning employees

This issue of the BeWell newsletter introduces Virta, a program to help those with diabetes or pre-diabetes; how to win cash through the SmartDollar Program; updates on the Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discounts; and a list of employees who won gift cards in the Fall 2020 drawing.


eviction notice

Take part in Evicted book discussion March 11

Employees, community service agencies and others can take part in a facilitated discussion of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City from 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 11 via Zoom.

Please RSVP by March 4 by emailing Matt Landon.