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Employee Recognition

DeSoto County Employee Recognition


DeSoto Board of County Commissioners take pride in awarding employees who have made a significant contribution toward the goals of the County, their department, and have exemplified exceptional job performance and/or support for peers and co-workers.


The three awards presented for this semi-quarter:

  • Thrifty Nickel
  • Outstanding Employee
  • Outstanding Team Performance Award.


Thrifty Nickel


The recipient for the Thrifty Nickel is Jan Schmitz.  Since she came on board with the County in the Administrative Services department, her mindset is all about save, save, save.  She has gone through numerous lengths in reducing the credit card processing fees of each of the County departments merchant/credit card machine accounts.  With her initiative and researching skills, she was able to waive some of the fees and save the County an annual savings of $4,835.75 and a refund of $696.80 that were charged in error.  In addition, her skill does not end with her office work. She also projects a warm and cheerful attitude to everyone. She loves people, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her. Her characteristics represent all that is good in the Administrative Services department and the County.


Outstanding Employee


The Outstanding Employee Award recipient is Christina Williams.  When she became the Office Manager at the Landfill department, the Administrative Services has seen an improvement by the way purchase orders and deposits are submitted. Christina has resolved and handled many situations with her remarkable patience and admirable skills. Such as researching and managing invoices that were past due and have kept them on current. Her willingness to learn more on the Landfill construction project has made her and the Landfill Director aware of mistakes and errors created by the engineers of the said project.

In addition, she has made a commitment in initiating the Recycling Program throughout the County and reaching out to many of the communities and teaching what types of garbage and waste can be recycled.

Also, her confidence to administer the Small County Grant in providing the necessary paperwork to FDEP and learning what procedures to take for the County to acquire this grant every year is a benefit to which the grant funding can be used for some of the Landfill's operating expenses. Her characteristics represent all that is good in the Landfill department and the County. 



Outstanding Team Performance


The Outstanding Team Performance award goes to Fire Station No. 1 Development Implementation Team.  This is an interdepartmental squad of County employees consisting of multiple persons and departments.  The first "official" team meeting was held on March 7th, 2016, when the team met with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and City of Arcadia representatives to discuss the potential for developing a new Fire Station on the south side of West Cypress Street between US Highway 17/State Road 35/North DeSoto Avenue and North Polk Avenue.  Having secured the required development approvals, selected team members continued to meet weekly and subsequently prepared a Request for Proposal for Design Build Services. In December 2016, the contractor Fowler Construction and Development was selected.  In addition, the Purchasing Department was able to secure a construction loan for $1.1 million for completion of the fire station.  Construction is under way and should be ready for occupancy in November.


Latrinda Jones
Human Resources Director
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Fax:  (863) 993-4708

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Marie Nembhard
HR Specialist
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Ph:   863-993-4808

2nd Floor HR Department
201 E Oak St #201 | Arcadia | Florida | 34266
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