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City Manager's Excellence Award

2016 Excellence Award Recipients

The City Manager’s Excellence Award, launched in 2015, is part of a City initiative to recognize City employees that exemplify our organization’s core values of teamwork, integrity, innovation, and professionalism. On February 2, 2017, the City Manager honored six recipients who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to public service and who went above and beyond in living our core values. We congratulate them for their leadership within our organization and their dedication to the San Antonio community.

Lydiette “Lydie” Torres

Lydiette “Lydie” Torres, an Administrative Assistant II at the San Antonio International Airport, is recognized for her exceptional customer service in assisting a concerned customer with the utmost integrity and professionalism. Last February, in only her second year of employment with the City, Lydie received a phone call from a concerned man whose disabled son had been wandering the airport and missed two flights. Lydie found the son and escorted him to the ticket counter, ensured he received his tickets, escorted him through security, and bought him lunch. She then went with him to his departing gate and ensured that he boarded his plane without problem.

Samantha Gordano

Samantha Gordano, a Librarian II at the Las Palmas Branch Library, is recognized for her teamwork and innovative community programming ideas. In just one year, she has had a significant impact at Las Palmas branch, with accomplishments that include increasing participation and completion in an adult summer reading program, creating ongoing e-reader appointments to enable customers to use the library’s digital collections, and promoting the “Mellow Out: Adult Coloring” program. Samantha has collaborated with numerous community partners initiating programs such as mobile STD testing, disaster preparedness, the Netsmartz internet safety program, and a citizenship celebration for graduates of the citizenship classes held in collaboration with Academia America.

SWAT Sgt. David Anderson

SWAT Sgt. David Anderson, a nearly 30 year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department, has become an expert in the field of crowd control and event management, with an emphasis on protecting the constitutional rights of all citizens while ensuring public safety is maintained. He has been personally involved in the peaceful resolution of numerous critical incidents, including a hostage situation in which he and a 12-person SWAT team responded to a resident being held against his will. After several hours of negotiation, the suspects agreed to exit without incident. Sgt. Anderson’s leadership and ability to keep his team disciplined and focused was critical in the peaceful resolution of the volatile situation.

Lori Calzoncit, Elisa Valdez and Anabel Marroquin Villa

The City’s inter-departmental boarding homes group: Lori Calzoncit, a Senior Sanitarian with the Health Department, Elisa Valdez, a Dangerous Premises Officer with Development Services, and Anabel Marroquin Villa, a Senior Management Analyst with the Department Of Human Services were also recognized by the City Manager. Together, they reflect the collaborative efforts of multiple city departments working together to serve the community. 

In March 2015, Code Compliance received complaints about a home that was found to have no running water, no electricity, and unsanitary conditions. The occupant was an elderly woman who seemed to suffer from memory loss. Elisa, Anabel, and Lori began working together to search for resources, contacting multiple charity groups. All three staff would bring her food, water, and clothes each time they visited. After many months of work, the team was able to connect the elderly woman with Baptist Children and Family Services (BCFS). Additionally, with the help of neighbors, staff was able to locate the elderly woman's son and ultimately reconnected the two. In the following months, with the help of BCFS, Baptist Men Ministries, the Girl Scouts, and volunteers from the City, the home was renovated and transformed into a safe living environment.