Human Interest

In life there are good surprises as well as bad ones. In the case of Warren Campbell, the surprise he received was definitely a good one.

Campbell, the city’s assistant community development director, was named employee of the year during an event on May 18.

“I was surprised as I did not know I was being considered for the award,” he said. “After hearing all the nominees I knew there were a number of great coworkers in the running. When my name was announced I was shocked as I felt each person nominated was deserving.”

Campbell has been with the city the last two years after working the previous 13 years for the town of Vail, Colo.

City employees are asked to submit nominations and write explanations as to why the candidate is deserving. A group of selected city employees review the nominations and determine the worthy candidate. Campbell sat on this group last year and said it was difficult to decide award winners when there are so many worthy candidates.

“Because the nomination process is done by employees and the award is discussed and given by employees it means a great deal as it is truly from my peers,” he said.

Community Development Director Audree Juhlin nominated Campbell and was happy when it was announced that he had won.

“In a very short time, Warren has demonstrated a tremendous amount of customer service, professionalism, hard work, leadership, effectiveness and fun,” she said.

As for the job itself, Campbell said he enjoys working for an organization with such an impressive culture of encouraging “calculated risk-taking and out-of-the-box thinking” to solve problems and concerns.

“I don’t know all the city employees, but those I know try hard each day to serve the citizens of the city within the constraints we must work within,” he said.

In nominating Campbell, co-workers described him as dedicated, fair and positive. As part of his job, he ensures all assigned projects are successfully completed on time, correctly and within budget.

The ability to work well under pressure during stressful situations is one of Warren’s strengths, Juhlin said. She also said his sense of camaraderie and the combination of high ethical standards, can-do attitude and experience also make him an excellent mentor to others.

Other city employees winning awards included:

  • Ambassadorship/Customer Service: JoAnne Cook n Creativity/Innovation: Jerry Hutchinson
  • Leadership/Team Player: Karen Osburn
  • Unsung Hero: Susan Irvine
  • Safety Matters: Kelly Hanzel

The Rod Olsen Employee of the Year award was created in 1998 to recognize an employee of the city of Sedona who consistently demonstrates one or more of the following attributes: Have a positive attitude; display a genuine interest in customer service internally as well as externally; be an inspiration to other employees; show initiative; believe in the city’s core values of fairness, integrity, respect, caring and honesty.


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