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Ray Salcido Retires After 32 Years of Service

Ray Salcido talks about all the changes he has seen in the Community.

Friends, family and fellow staff from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Health and Human Services Department recently held a surprise retirement luncheon for one of the Community’s longest-serving employees, Raymond Salcido, who has worked as a Social Worker I for more than 30 years.

The luncheon was held on September 27 at the Community Building.

Heath and Human Services staff who worked closely with Salcido, along with former coworkers and family, gathered quietly at the Community Building to wait for Salcido to arrive. Salcido’s daughter had arranged a lunch date, but little did he know that he was about to be surprised.

As he entered the darkened Community Building, everyone yelled “Surprise!” which brought a big smile to his face.

Many family members and staff from the SRPMIC Health and Human Services Department helped Ray Salcido celebrate his retirement during a surprise luncheon at the Community Building. Salcido received gifts in commemoration of his 32 years of service with the Community.
Susan Nayatewa, manager of the Prevention and Intervention Program for Health and Human Services, shared some of Salcido’s employment history with those in attendance. He worked at the Phoenix Indian Center, and in 1985 he started working in the SRPMIC Social Services Department. In 2004 he took a position at the Intake Center, where he completed his employment.

“Ray joined us along with his Mr. Coffee pot and creamer,” said Nayatewa. “We enjoyed working with Ray, and he worked with everyone very well, especially the seniors.”

Friends, family and fellow staff from the SRPMIC Health and Human Services Department wait for Ray Salcido to enter the building to surprise him.
Throughout his retirement luncheon, work colleagues shared stories about what it was like working with Salcido. A slideshow presentation featured employment highlights through the years, and Salcido received gift presentations from his staff and also the department.

“Thank you all for everything. It has been a long 32 years and I’ve seen a lot of things change,” said Salcido.

He said that his future plans include being more involved with his church and traveling to see his family in northern Arizona.