Judges Host Employee Justice Service Awards at Annual Picnic
The Fahranaz Tamimi Gold Justice Service Award
On Saturday, September 6, 2014, the Superior Court Judges hosted our Annual Employee Bar-B-Q at the home of presiding Judge Stephen Warning. Approximately 60 court employees and their families attended for a great event.
This year, we instituted our employee recognition program, awarding the Farahnaz Tamimi Gold Justice Service Award and our Silver Justice Service awards. The first in honor of the loss of our long-serving Court Services Manager, Farahnaz Tamimi, who passed on July 20, 2014.
The Gold Justice Award went to interim Detention Manager Steve Jones, who has run the juvenile detention center for the Judges for over 18 months. Formerly our graveyard shift Lead, Steve stepped up to the position of Manager on short notice and has served in that capacity with shining performance!
It is obvious when talking with other employees and managers why he undisputedly won the honor:
“Steve consistently sets the bar for professionalism for all his staff. He is an excellent leader who cares about his staff and the kids in their care. The fact that detention has run smoothly and safely should reflect directly on Steve’s level of competency in the handling of all the changes that have occurred during his time leading. Steve has demonstrated a great deal of dedication, commitment, and professionalism during his extended time as interim manager“.
Chad Connors, Administrator, Steve Jones and Presiding Judge Stephen Warning
“Steve’s efforts, commitment, and leadership exemplify going way “above and beyond”. For Steve, it is about service and how best to serve. It is not about what he can take from the organization but what he can give to it and those in it”.
“When we are in needs of the essentials for our facility he is always looking for ways to get the most for the least. He is always looking for trainings that are free or of minimal cost that will enhance our staff here at juvenile.”
Two Silver Justice Service Awards were also awarded at the event.
The first went to Desiree Cheung of the Juvenile Probation department for her continual efforts to enhance Cowlitz County Probation into a statewide model for supervision of kids.
The second was awarded to Gayle Engkraf of Superior Court Administration for her tireless efforts to manage and improve the daily court scheduling process and helping push new case management initiatives forward.
The Judges, Court Administration, and the entire organization under Superior Court of Washington for Cowlitz County applaudes the amazing work of these three outstanding employees.