Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) honored six Orange County employees on May 5, for their professionalism, character, courtesy and integrity as part of Public Service Recognition Week.
The week is observed annually to recognize the valuable contributions of the millions of individuals who work within local, state, and federal government, as well as those serving in education, judicial and nonprofit sectors.
“Every year we pause to honor the men and women of Central Florida who work in county government. They are truly ‘neighbors serving neighbors,’ working each day to provide our citizens and visitors with professionalism, courtesy, transparency and efficiency,” Mayor Jacobs said.
Mayor Jacobs and the BCC issued a proclamation declaring May 3 through May 9 as Public Service Recognition Week. Orange County’s workers, including first-responders, health workers, public works employees, and parks and leisure staff, create a safe and healthy environment for Orange County’s 1.2 million residents and 62 million annual tourists and visitors, according to the proclamation.
Orange County’s more than 5,000 dedicated community volunteers and appointed board members were also acknowledged and thanked for their public service.
The six employees honored this year, representing the more than 7,000 public service employees working for Orange County, are:
- Alan Robinson, a customer service representative in Utilities who has been making positive impressions since he began his career with Orange County as a meter reader;
- Dan Faenza, who answers 9-1-1 calls for Orange County Fire Rescue and provides callers with life-saving instructions and relays critical information to firefighters;
- Laurie Sepulveda is a hero to animals both on and off the clock, having fostered 94 animals in one year;
- Michael Scott, with Facilities Administrative Services, who collaborated with the Orange/Osceola Public Defender’s Office to develop and implement a mentorship program in their juvenile division;
- Danielle Cooper, who works at the 311 Government Service Center and regularly assists with community events outside the office with friends and family;
- Emily Wang, who works at the Orange County Convention Center in business services, and is continuously looking to learn and take on new tasks.