Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Despite a feverish pace of working on projects, responding to requests, attending meetings and working with state officials to preserve the Reserve-Edgard Ferry, Parish President Natalie Robottom made time for a meeting to show appreciation for her staff of public servants. All-Staff meetings were instituted by Robottom in 2010 to allow employees the opportunity to interact with each other, as well as to discuss important issues in the workplace like employee safety, hurricane preparedness, code enforcement, governmental ethics, and other topics that cross departmental lines.
On Wednesday, the second All-Staff meeting of 2012 was held at the Community Center in LaPlace. Special guest, Trista Brazan, Director of the St. John United Way, was on hand to kick off the St. John Parish Employee United Way Campaign. She also presented information about programs funded through the United Way and introduced the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program, which provides books to children free of charge.
Hurricane preparedness and employee safety were also topics of discussion on the agenda. “Many of our employees are designated as essential personnel during emergency events, so it is imperative that they make plans for their families ahead of time,” said President Robottom. Employees were encouraged to assemble their emergency kits which include family emergency plans, flashlights, medical information, contact information, batteries, food, water, and other important emergency supplies.
In continued efforts to help beautify St. John the Baptist Parish, Planning and Zoning Director, Angelic Sutherland, requested assistance from all employees in reporting code violations they observe as they work throughout the parish. “We want to beautify our parish. Since many of you are in the community every day, we ask that you simply call the code enforcement office to report possible violations you observe. Someone will be assigned to investigate and determine whether or not a violation exists”, Sutherland stated.
Parish President Robottom also recognized staff members who celebrated "Administrative Professionals Day" last week and thanked all employees in anticipation of "Public Service Recognition Week", celebrated May 6-12. She said, “It is important that we know everyone on our team. We can accomplish more if we know each other and work together to serve the people of the parish.”