2008 Peer Awards

 

Professional Staff of the Year     Lexie Kenyon
Lexie is always willing to drop what she’s doing to get the job done. Always has a smile on her face. She does whatever she is asked to do and if she can’t she will find out who can.
 
Advocate of the Year     Laura Valdes-Virgen
For the second year in a row - Laura has always been a wonderful advocate to victims of crime. She is such a compassionate person and it shows in her interactions with the victims that she assists. In her new leadership role, I have witnessed her taking initiative to improve the unit and she always has a positive outlook and a smile on her face.
 
Enforcement Officer of the Year     Marie Flores
Marie Flores is an asset to any unit she is assigned to. She is thorough, smart, and productive in her work and contributions to her unit and team. Marie never seeks praise or recognition but is one of the hardest workers in our unit. She is comfortable making sure everyone else is prepared for a case rather than presenting all the research and background information she gathered to prepare them
 
Investigator of the Year     Rocky Apperson
Rocky has been with the DA’s office for approximately 7 years and has worked a variety of assignments including SAPP, Elder Abuse, Welfare Fraud twice and General Criminal twice. Rocky is currently doing backgrounds for new employees and interns and is in the process of learning fingerprint recognition in addition to his other assignments. He takes everything in his stride and maintains his unique sense of humor the entire time. Rocky is dependable and always willing to help out with his extensive knowledge that encompasses many subjects.
 
Manager of the Year     Vicki Guerrero
Vicki always goes the extra mile. She handles more than most people realize. She oversees all payroll and human resources processes. She is involved with the Supervisors Union as the Secretary and she keeps all supervisors abreast of ongoing issues in the union. She maintains our CLETS training records, does asset forfeiture, stats for NGI, SVP and MDO’s. She has knowledge of how the entire office functions, from beginning to end. She is THE “go to” person whenever a situation arises. She always handles her tasks timely, with a smile, and she is an all around swell gal.
 
Prosecutor of the Year     Colin Anderson
Colin is well known in the Child Abduction arena. He has been called on to speak at the California District Attorney’s Association. He has filled some big shoes left empty by Frank Meguire’s death. He has managed to make Yolo County look good up and down the State of California. He is called on for advice in Hague Cases. Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is well known for their cases in the area. We have other states calling for advice when dealing with Hague Cases.
 
Anne Busta Perpetual Award of Excellence     Nancy Wheeler (Careaga)
Nancy Careaga fulfills the criteria for both Professional Staff and promoting harmony in the work place. She has assisted co-workers and the public with professionalism, courtesy, and expertise. She is knowledgeable in many areas of our office as well as the court’s operations. She’s asked repeatedly to do numerous odd jobs from fixing copy machines to finding supplies. If you have a question and don’t even know who to ask, everyone asks Nancy.

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