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Michael Shiel Named SRPMIC Director of the Year

SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier presents General Counsel to SRPMIC and Director of the Year Mike Shiel with an engraved pottery, gift bag and a $1,500 gift card during the director's retreat at Talking Stick Resort.

On May 12, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Administration Department hosted a directors’ retreat at Talking Stick Resort. Dozens of SRPMIC department directors gathered to enjoy a day of laughter and fun while also recognizing the 2016 Director of the Year, SRPMIC General Counsel Michael Shiel.

Eight SRPMIC directors were nominated for their efforts and outstanding contributions to the SRPMIC (see sidebar). Each nominee received a gift basket with various items, an iFly gift package for two and a $200 gift card. The Director of the Year received a $1,500 gift card.

“I appreciate the directors [who were] nominated. I want to thank everyone for a job well done,” said SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier as he recognized the nominees.

“I personally, as a Vice-President, want to thank Mr. Shiel for his dedication to the Community and work ethic,” Harvier said. “[He] goes above and beyond. Mike’s not one to push himself out there; he wants us as tribal leaders to represent the tribe, not him. He prepares us very well to do that. That’s what I appreciate about him. He will speak up on behalf of the tribe. I appreciate all the work that he does on behalf of the tribe.

“Mike also worked for the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and every Christmas since he left, he takes Christmas gifts to the kids in San Carlos. He’s got a good heart. He’s a good person and it’s an honor today for me to recognize Michael Shiel as Director of the Year.”

The 2016 Director of the Year nominees receive recognition from all in attendance. (L-R) Kirk Beaty, Public Works Director; Karl Auerbach, SRPD Chief of Police; Stacey Gubser, Community Development Director; Glen Law, Director of Administration; Lena Jackson, Assistant Community Manager; Michael Shiel, General Counsel to SRPMIC (Director of the Year); Jeffery Harmon, Prosecutor; and Robin Enos, Human Resources Manager.
In his nomination letter, Community Manager Bryan Meyers stated, “Over the last year, Mr. Mike Shiel was one of the key leaders in the [Tohono O’odham] gaming effort. I know that this required significant dedication, perseverance, and numerous hours of service above and beyond his normal crazy hours. Mike willingly took on this project, adding to his daily tasks. Mike should be recognized on this project and for the sacrifices made by him and his family over the past year.”

Other things Meyers admires about Shiel included his quality and quantity of work; ability to explain complex issues and make them easy to understand; his mentoring and coaching; willingness to learn and self-improvement; being passionate about values; and how he always looks out for the Community’s best interests.

Also, added Meyers, Shiel exhibits “willingness to take on extra work. He pushes me to be better. He is humble.”

2016 Director of the Year Nominees
Karl Auerbach, SRPD Chief of Police
Kirk Beaty, Public Works Director
Robin Enos, Human Resources Manager
Stacey Gubser, Community Development Director
Jeffery Harmon, Prosecutor
Lena Jackson, Assistant Community Manager
Glen Law, Director of Administration
Michael Shiel, General Counsel to SRPMIC (Director of the Year)