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City recognizes employee with Blueprint Blue Ribbon award

May 23, 2018

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For Immediate Release
May 23, 2018

City recognizes employee with Blueprint Blue Ribbon award

The City of Tyler holds its employees to the highest standards, but still, some go above and beyond the call of duty. Jose Parga, Rose Garden superintendent, was recognized with the Blueprint Blue Ribbon Award at the City Council meeting on May 23 for his exceptional customer service.
Jose has been with the City of Tyler Parks and Recreation Department for 28 years. Starting as a laborer in 1990, he has moved up in the organization to his current position as Parks Superintendent due to his hard work and leadership skills.

“He is incredibly humble, genuine and passionate about every task he takes on, no matter how big or small that may be,” said Director Russ Jackson. “He has made a tremendous difference in every area he has served and walks around with a smile and a positive attitude. He has volunteered to serve on many different improvement and after action committees and continues to look for new ways to make the City a better place not only for our citizens, but for our employees.”

In 2014, a freeze destroyed sixty percent of the roses at the Tyler Rose Garden. He was asked to take on the responsibility of reviving it. Without hesitation, he accepted the challenge and said he had “a lot to learn,” but that he was ready.

The Rose Garden has never looked more beautiful if you visit it today. Even when he is off work, he has been known to sneak in after hours to come spray the garden because it “just needed to be done.”

“His passion for his work speaks for itself and he continues to write his story in our Parks history,” said Jackson. “He embodies what it means to be a good leader, and he has earned the respect and admiration of his co-workers, supervisors and his employees.”

The Blueprint Blue Ribbon Award recognizes employees who have placed the highest premium on responsiveness to citizen’s needs. The Blueprint Blue Ribbon Program began in 2004 to recognize exceptional employee performance. Ideal candidates for the award are employees whose ideas or suggestions have improved productivity, saved money, improved efficiency or improved employee morale.

Other employee recognitions

The Tyler City Mayor Martin Heines and Council recognized Pauline Eng, resource librarian, for 30 years of service to the City of Tyler.

“Thank you for your dedication and the time you’ve given to the City of Tyler,” said Mayor Heines. “We are lucky to have many well-tenured employees making a difference for our citizens.”

Jose Parga, Blueprint Blue Ribbon Award Winner
Pauline Eng, 30 years with the City of Tyler


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