Board of Supervisors issues proclamation recognizing national service

Tom Manos, family, and board members (submitted photo)

Tom Manos, family, and board members (submitted photo)

On April 6 Maricopa County unveiled the new “Tom Manos Outstanding Service Award” to its first recipient, County Manager Tom Manos, who was unaware of the county’s creation of the award.

The award will recognize county employees who show an outstanding commitment to service in the same manner Mr. Manos has exemplified throughout his career in public service.

“Tom has set the bar incredibly high,” stated Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman, District 4, in a press release. He further commented upon the “humbleness and humility” with which Mr. Manos faces his work.

Mr. Manos made lean, efficient government and outstanding customer service by county employees the hallmark of his time leading the nation’s fourth-largest county.

Mr. Manos was appointed county manager in March 2012. His commitment to others began with service in the Peace Corps in Liberia, employment with the county beginning in 1984, and budgetary assistance to two Arizona governors. He also co-managed the county’s Human Services Campus, which provides numerous services to homeless people, a passion for Mr. Manos.

Mr. Manos has announced his retirement, effective May 2, the release stated.

“It’s always nice to know you’ve got someone by your side who says ‘let’s look forward and do the right thing, the best thing.’  He’s a good man,” stated District 2 Supervisor Steve Chucri, in the release.

In the spirit of service, the Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation in recognition of national service participants.  Maricopa County, along with states, counties and municipal governments across the nation, recognized the positive impact that Corporation for National and Community Service volunteers, including AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers, provide in our communities.

As part of its proclamation, the county endeavors to be an “Employer of National Service,” connecting with the highly-qualified and mission-oriented pool of potential employees that participate in national service.

This designation connects the county to CNCS participants to create a pathway to employment for those alumni.  Alumni from these programs are committed, community-minded individuals prepared to continue their dedication to public service.

Mr. Manos long ago demonstrated his commitment to service with that early stint with the Peace Corps. As he faces retirement after a lengthy career in public service, he stated that he is “most proud of the leadership team I’m leaving behind. They are the best of the very best,” the release stated.

For more information visit www.maricopa.gov/bos

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