At the August 17th meeting of the Marco Island City Council, 30 years of combined service to the community and its residents were recognized by the council. “We haven’t done this for a while and I believe it is important to recognize the contributions that our employees make to ensuring this is a community we can all be proud of,” said City Manager Michael McNees after the meeting.
Council Chairman Erik Brechnitz gave praised the employees as being the backbone of why the city services the residents so well. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Brechnitz stated, “It is these presentations that give me so much pleasure to be involved in. These are simply great folks and their families that will stand before the public here tonight and be recognized.”
Numerous city employees from all the departments arrived on that evening to witness some of their own honored by the administration and the city council. Leslie Sanford, the Human Resources Manager, stood at the back of the room with a beam of pride as each person received their awards and recognition for their service to the city.
Being honored that evening was Daisy Martinez from the Growth Management Department. Martinez had just finished 5 years of service with the city and was the first of the three to come forward and be recognized.
Next to be honored would be Samantha Malloy, Manager of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Malloy received recognition for 10 years of service to the city as she was surrounded by her family.
Fidencio Mireles received the final award of the evening for 15 years of service with the Marco Island Water and Sewer Utility. Mireles was escorted to the front of the room with his proud family as Chairman Brechnitz presented him with his award.
The Council then took up the remainder of a very long agenda of city business.