The Code Enforcement Division’s Rental Housing Inspection Program was one of 29 recognized for the
. The Program provides a regulated approach to ensuing safe rental properties within unincorporated Sacramento County and prevents deterioration of our community by providing a streamlined, comprehensive and thorough enforcement approach. This program works to improve property management techniques while providing essential tools needed to comply with the Rental Housing Ordinance.
The Sacramento Probation Department’s Break Away Bike Program was selected as one of only 12 county programs throughout California for the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Challenge Award
. The Break Away Bike program was created to address Adult Drug Court program participants who, upon release from custody, have no means of transportation to attend required treatment sessions and Court appearances. Participants who fail to report can face sanctions and delayed progress within the program. Through the Break Away Bike program, Adult Drug Court participants earn donated bicycles with consecutive negative drug tests; this addresses transportation issues, incentivizes attendance and sobriety, and reduces barriers to treatment. Read the SacCountyNews story: Successful Bike Program Changes Lives.
On April 23, 2014, during a search, an officer found evidence of drug trafficking; the officer’s led to surveillance, a traffic stop, searches of two residences, and seizure of 858 pounds of marijuana ($2.5M estimated street value); firearms; and almost $465,000 in cash..
Two Transportation Projects Win APWA Award
The Department of Transportation was recognized by the Sacramento Chapter of the American Public Works Association for the State Route 99/Elverta Road Interchange Project and the White Rock Road Improvement Project. The awards program recognizes public works projects that demonstrate excellence in management, administration, design, construction and community relations, as well as the alliance among the managing agency and the consultant/engineer/contractor who worked together to complete the project. Read project and award details
National Procurement Institute, Inc. Achievement of Excellence
The County Department of General Services Contract and Purchasing Services Division earned the 2014 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute, Inc., for organizational excellence in procurement by measuring innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function. Visit www.npiconnection.org
, to view the list of winners.
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Innovation Award
The Environmental Management Department (EMD) received the 2014 National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) Innovation Award for its Cross Connection Portal Project. The award is given for an inventive project that contributes to improving public health and/or the environment. A team of EMD staff worked to make the web portal possible
and highlights EMD’s continued efforts to improve service delivery and online experiences for Sacramento County citizens and businesses. Since transitioning to the web portal in fall of 2012, EMD has saved 3,300+ staff hours, 60,000 pieces of printed paper and $6,000 in mailing costs annually.
Individual and Group Volunteer Awards for Youth Detention Facility Service
On April 8, 2014, before the Board of Supervisors, Probation’s Individual Volunteer Award was presented to Peggy Fava for developing the program “Motivating for Change” and helps instill positive change. Probation’s Group Volunteer Award was presented to a non-profit, Reaching Back to our Youth, for providing mentoring, community service opportunities, and referral services for at-risk middle and high school students.
Sheriff Detective Receives Investigative Excellence Award
Sheriff's Property Crimes Detective Caren Buda received the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation 2014 "Investigative Excellence" award.
PTI Tech Savvy
Sacramento County is one of four counties nationwide to be presented with the PTI Tech Savvy Designation for meeting or exceeding all of the following: performance management practices; department directors communicate and collaborate around IT solutions; adherence to standards of ethics and excellence; encourage professional development; developed countywide IT plan; active cyber-security training and awareness; committed to green technology initiatives; and a culture of technology innovation is embraced. Learn more about the 2014 Local Government PTI Tech Savvy award.
Digital Counties Survey Winner – 4th Place
Sacramento County continues its upward momentum as a top digital leader, securing fourth place in the Center for Digital Government’s 2014 Digital Counties Survey. Nationally, Sacramento County is leading the way in IT-related initiatives that involve citizen engagement, policy, operations and technology/data. Read, 4th Most Technologically Advanced County in U.S
., on the SacCountyNews.
Probation Recognized for Cemetery Restoration Project
On February 11, 2014, Probation was recognized by the Board of Supervisors for their role in the cemetery site clean-up and restoration of the Bellview Cemetery. Juvenile and Adult Work Project crews, under the supervision of Probation staff, worked on the project.
Energy Program Manager of the Year
The Association of Energy Engineers - Northern California chapter named Sacramento County employee Dan Mendonsa as Energy Program Manager of the Year. This peer recognition was for fostering emerging technologies into the mainstream, such as the installation of 600 smart-sensing LED lights in County parking garages that automatically dim; and for installing office LED lights and advanced lighting controls that reduce energy by 80 percent; and lastly, he assisted with enabling over 2 million square feet of County facilities to automatically reduce electrical load if a SMUD brownout is called. In total, these projects have reduced the County’s energy costs by over $150,000 per year and reduced carbon emissions by 400 metric tons of CO2 per year.
Sheriff Sergeant Receives Service Above Self Award
Sheriff Sergeant Steve Dutra received the 2014 "Service Above Self" award from the Sacramento Rotary Club.
Mental Health Grant Awarded - $1.3M Annually through Fiscal Year 2016/17
With this grant awarded by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, Sacramento County will fund 20+ contracted personnel to focus on mental health triage, and connecting individuals with mental illness in the main jail, local emergency rooms, Loaves and Fishes and the Mental Health Treatment Center to appropriate services. This grant enables a collaboration of the County’s Division of Behavioral Health Services and the Sheriff’s Department with local healthcare organizations. Mental health assessment and services will help reduce unnecessary psychiatric hospitalizations, and recidivism for individuals with mental illness who have frequent incarcerations. A second grant has also been applied for to pilot two mobile crisis support teams and increase resources for a crisis residential facility. Award announcement is expected March 2014.