2016 Employee of the Third Quarter

Melba Rodriguez is probably already working by the time most of us start our daily shift at 8 a.m. In her almost 40 years with the City of Corpus Christi, she only misses work when she absolutely has to and is very punctual. What sets the IT Executive Assistant apart from other employees is the impact she has on the people who do business with the City.

"Her many years of knowledge have helped solve many questions and concerns in our department," Business Operations Manager Ronnie Sepulveda said. "Recently, we have received compliments from vendors expressing appreciation for her prompt response gathering information on a project."

"The IT department has also been short handed the past two months and she has stepped up to help with vacant job duties. She works quickly to assure our department's payments are being made and we don't get behind on invoices," he said.

There aren't many City Hall employees this 71-year-old doesn't know. If you haven't had a chance to meet her, you may be able to catch a ride with her on the elevator, but don't be surprised if you receive a little motherly advice by the time you reach your destination.

Employees filled the sixth floor conference room recently to see Rodriguez receive her much deserved recognition.

"It is awesome to see so many people here. We all need to hear about how our peers are doing and congratulate them," City Manager Margie C. Rose said.

Other nominees included Yohana Rubio, Finance Project Manager, IT Support Analyst II Kevin Watson, Lake Texana Pipeline Inspector Coordinator Manuel Castillo, Jr., Environmental & Consumer Health Administrative Assistant Julissa Ochoa, Facilities & Property Management Carpenter & Joiner Mark Schuman, Interim Director of Human Resources Steve Viera, Police Lieutenant Brian Hill, and MetroCom 911 Communications Administrator Sylvia Utley-May.

The 2016 Employee of the Fourth Quarter event is scheduled for November.