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Tribal Employees Receive Service Award Recognition

Samantha Mielkey, SRHS Registrar, shakes Councilman Tom Largo's hand as he thanks her for 5 years of service to the Community.

On Friday, January 13, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Human Resources Department hosted the annual Employee Service Award Recognition luncheon at the Salt River Community Building.

This year, 240 tribal employees received recognition for at least five years of service to the Community.

The luncheon started out with a blessing by Council Member Tom Largo and a welcome by Community Manager Bryan Meyers, who also served as the master of ceremonies.

The Community government currently employs 10,376 people.

“I’m glad to know that Salt River is in good hands,” said SRPMIC President Delbert Ray, Sr. “As I look through the audience, I see the different supervisors and directors sitting by their employees proudly, because they’re the ones who are continuing to push the programs forward. Today, the tribal enrollment is at 10,376, that’s 10,376 reasons to be sitting here today. I’m glad that we have such a workforce that’s dedicated for the betterment and quality of services for our people. It takes all of us, and I have confidence that we’re going to do greater things in the year to come. I’m very optimistic and excited, along with Council, to be able to see the growth in our Community. I just want to thank each and every one of you here today. Whether it’s five or 40 years, I want you to feel proud that you are a part of this Community.”

Tribal employees received gifts and commemorative plaques. In addition to the seven employees recognized for 25 years or more of service (see sidebar), there were 18 employees recognized for 20 years of service; 46 employees for 15 years of service; 84 employees for 10 years of service; and 85 employees for five years of service.

The supervisors of those tribal employees who have served for 20 years or longer provided a statement about their employee that described their positive attributes.

The theme for this year’s luncheon was ”Under the Sea.” Guests enjoyed a barbecue lunch as prize drawings took place.

SRPMIC Employee Service Recognition, 25+ Years

40 Years
Roberta Carlos, Senior Services

35 Years
Diane Cashoya, Cultural Resources Department

25 Years
Derrick Lewis, Public Works Department
Naomi Manuel, Education Department
Alejandro Martinez, Public Works Department
Theodus Toney, Salt River Fire Department
Lynelle Trujillo, Court Administration

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