2019 City Employee of the Third Quarter Knows the Meaning of Teamwork

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Ignacio Araujo was recently named the 2019 City Employee of the Third Quarter and, while he is honored to receive the accolades, he knows he could not have done it without his co-workers.

“From upper management down to the guys out in the field tackling the work hands on, we are all one team. Without one another, none of this could be accomplished,” Araujo said.

The foreman has served residents for more than 30 years and currently works in the Maintenance of Lines Division overseeing repairs for the City’s water distribution system. This includes 1,700 miles of a continuously operating water pipe, 32,000 valves and 11,000 fire hydrants, all accounting for over 1,000 emergency repairs annually.

“The team I work with, great, hardworking guys all the way around. Job big or small, they complete the task. Something I’m happy to be part of,” Araujo said.

As a veteran of the City, Araujo also takes pride in mentoring to the next generation of leaders.

“One day I will retire, and they will be the future of our department, so helping in any way I can means I can share 30 years of experience. I didn’t learn everything on my own. The knowledge was passed down to me the same way so it’s only right I do the same.”

The other Employee of the Third Quarter nominees were Detention Officer Tristan Borden, City Detention Center, Deputy City Marshal Amanda Guerra, Municipal Court, Laborer David Wyble, Street Operations, IT Public Safety Manager Greg Johnson, Information Technology, Floodplain Manager Yvette Dodd-Wallace, Development Services, Crime Prevention Specialist Raquel Ramos, Police Department, and IT Service Desk Representative Brittani Nelson, Information Technology.

Utility Tech III Paul Furman was also recognized as Volunteer of the Quarter with 129 Hours.