||2017 award winners Kevin Shuff, Misty Staunton, and Eric Pietsch pose with PD Director Pat Walsh.
2017 Department Service Awards
The Planning & Development Department (P&D) recently held the annual employee service awards, where department employees are recognized for outstanding job performance and years of service to the City of Houston. The P&D Excellence Award recognizes exemplary performance by individuals identified by their supervisors, peers, or colleagues in other departments, as having consistently excelled in their positions and demonstrated integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of the department.
This year marks the second year of the P&D Excellence Award and two new award categories were recognized this year- Exemplary Achievement or Performance and Outstanding Collaboration. Last year's award for Excellence in Customer Service went to Mohdudul Huq, and the award is now known as "The Mohdudul Huq Award."
The Department salutes award winners Eric Pietsch, Kevin Shuff and Misty Staunton for a job well done and congratulates each one of them on this outstanding achievement. Kudos!
Eric Pietsch - Excellence in Customer Service Award (A.K.A. "The Mohdudul Huq Award")
The recipient of this award consistently and substantially demonstrates an ability and willingness to work positively, respectfully, and effectively with others; has significantly improved customer service or has increased customer satisfaction in their area; demonstrates ability and willingness to manage changes in work priorities, procedures, and organization; demonstrates exceptional ability to foster collaboration, communication, and cooperation among colleagues and the community.
Kevin Shuff - Exemplary Achievement or Performance Award
The recipient of this award consistently and substantially exceeds the expectations of the position, performing at a level above and beyond normal job requirements and expectations; has made important and significant contributions in their area; and contributes and demonstrates commitment to the Department's mission and core values.
Misty Staunton - Outstanding Collaboration Award
This recipient of this award consistently contributes to team performance by providing encouragement and support, helps others overcome obstacles, and successfully accomplishes goals; is an honest and dependable team player who contributes to group collaboration and consensual decision making and shows empathy and respect for others, and who builds and maintains good working relationships.
30 Years of Service
Last but not least, the Planning & Development Department recognizes and congratulates a group of dedicated and long-tenured employees who have worked over 30 years for the City of Houston. Margaret Wallace Brown (Deputy Director), Patricia Benavides-Foley (Records Administrator), Annette Mitchell (Planner II) and Tommy Mah (Senior GIS Analyst) began their career with the City of Houston in 1987. During their tenure with the Department, each have participated in a diverse array of projects that have had a profound effect on Houston, ranging from the census count, neighborhood planning to GIS data mapping. Appreciation to these individuals for their years of service to the City of Houston and the Department!