Productivity, efficiency, high performance, willingness to accept new responsibility, contributions to morale, and extraordinary services are attributes that more than 4,000 Tulare County employees strive to achieve when they report to work. In 2011, one Tulare County employee outshined the rest.
Eulalia "Lala" Moreno, a health education assistant with the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA), has been selected as the 2011 Tulare County Employee of the Year, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today. The majority of Moreno's work is spent educating Tulare County residents about the negative impacts of tobacco.
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Allen Ishida said more than 125 County of Tulare employees were nominated from 15 departments.
"To be the most outstanding employee in 2011 among thousands of hard working people is a great honor," Chairman Ishida said. "I commend Eulalia and all other nominees for making a difference and taking pride in their work."
Tulare County HHSA Director Dr. Cheryl Duerksen said the selection came as no surprise, as Moreno spent countless hours at health fairs, volunteering her time to help other HHSA programs, and, most importantly, helps lead the Tobacco Control Awareness and Education Program when her supervisor retired last year.
"Lala stepped up to keep the program running on her own," Dr. Duerksen said. "Her enthusiasm, positive attitude, and outstanding work ethic is a fine example to those around her."
Moreno has worked for Tulare County as a full-time employee since 1999, she worked as an extra help employee from 1997 to 1999. Some of her current duties as a Tulare County Health Education Assistant include: prepare and deliver presentations to schools and community groups on health topics; assist in preparation of exhibits, posters, displays and materials for meetings, conferences, clinics and public gatherings; and assist in planning and participate in workshops, forums, and discussion groups to promote public health and health education programs.
Tulare County is the largest employer in the County at approximately 4,000 employees, which represents 2.25% of the workforce in the County.