Exemplary Employee Award Presented to Marianne DiVecchio, Sheriff’s Office

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Manager William McKain announced today that the County has presented its fourth Exemplary Employee Award to Ms. Marianne DiVecchio, administrative assistant and administrative supervisor in the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office.

“When we created the Exemplary Employee Award and re-established the Frank J. Lucchino Distinguished Service Award earlier this year, we weren’t quite sure what to expect when we requested nominations. The number of employees who have been nominated in the categories of exceptional efficiency and productivity, customer service and innovation and creativity has been astounding,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Marianne’s nomination really emphasizes how lucky we are in this County to have employees who exceed all expectations, make such significant impacts upon the county, represent us so admirably and do so without thought to any personal recognition or reward. I’m proud to reward and recognize Marianne today with this award.”

Ms. DiVecchio was nominated by Sheriff William P. Mullen for her work. The nomination was also supported by letters from John A. Bacharach, former office solicitor, Lisa G. Michel, current office solicitor, and Chief Deputy Joseph A. Rizzo. Calling her the “lynchpin that holds the Sheriff’s Office together,” Sheriff Mullen was effusive in his praise of Marianne’s work. Marianne joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1975. Today, she is the top and most trusted advisor to the Sheriff and Chief Deputy on a variety of matters critical to the effective operation of the office. In her day to day responsibilities, she processes payroll, orders and issues uniforms and equipment, maintains all deputy sheriff certifications, pays invoices, and provides daily oversight of all budgetary and fiscal affairs. Marianne has demonstrated a long-standing history of showing pride in her work and going above and beyond what is expected of her. If fact, she frequently arrives early and leaves late so that she may complete all of her duties, as well as assist with projects or tasks that she takes on willingly. Employees testify that no problem is too small for Marianne and she eagerly works with staff members to implement resourceful solutions to office-related matters.

“Marianne truly embodies what it means to provide exceptional service. For 37 years, she has exhaustively dedicated all of her skills, energy and time to serve the Sheriff’s Office and Allegheny County to the absolute best of her abilities,” said Sheriff Mullen. “It is extremely difficult to suitably personify what a hard-working, reliable and proficient employee Marianne is, but I assure you that in all of my 44 years of law enforcement, I have not witnessed a more principled, more diligent worker than her. Not one phrase describing her work ethic is used excessively.”

Ms. DiVecchio was surprised at her workplace this morning by the County Executive, Sheriff, County Manager and other members of the administration, where it was announced that she was a winner of the Exemplary Employee Award. She was presented with a joint County proclamation from the County Executive, Council Member Amanda Green Hawkins and the full County Council and a complimentary admission for a tour to the Hartwood Mansion for the 2014 Tour Season.

“Our employees really are this county’s greatest asset and are an integral part of our mission,” said County Manager William D. McKain, CPA. “Marianne has obviously been not just an employee of the Sheriff’s Office, but a true partner in making the office more effective and efficient, as evidenced by her nomination. I am very glad she was nominated, and proud that we are able to recognize her and all that she does for this county today.”

The Exemplary Employee Award is presented periodically throughout the year in recognition of exceptional achievements by a county employee or employee group. Nominations can be submitted in writing or online at http://www.alleghenycounty.us/manager/award.aspx.

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