Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners selected
Adrian Lowndes of the
Information Technology/GIS Department as
employee of the year for 2016. Lowndes, who has the honor of being the very first recipient of this award, was selected from the four candidates honored as employees of the quarter during 2016.
Lowndes, a network and software engineer, has written more than 30 custom in-house software apps for the county's various departments, saving taxpayers more than $2 million in software expenditures and maintenance costs. Many of these programs have greatly increased staff efficiency by automating time-consuming tasks previously performed by hand. He has also made working with the county much more friendly; a recent project allows local building contractors to access online permitting from their mobile devices.
From overseeing over 1000 types of technology from computers, servers and network equipment to printers, Wi-Fi and VoIP (voice over internet), Lowndes stays current with the ever-changing trends to keep the county systems running smoothly.
"Adrian's skills are not limited to the computer department. He has always maintained a very positive and friendly attitude towards everyone," said Jayne Bell, director of management and budget. "He is able to work under pressure and has always managed to solve stressful situations. He epitomizes all the good things in our department as well as our county. He is truly invaluable."
Lowndes has been awarded certifications in MCSA/Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate, MCSE/Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, MCSD/Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, MCDBA/Microsoft Certified Database Administrator, MCT/Microsoft Certified Trainer, and also holds certification with Cisco as a CCNA/Certified Network Associate.