Diamonds In The City of Hollywood

By Hollywood’s City Manager, Dr. Wazir Ishmael

October 21, 2021

The City’s Diamond Service Award, which was created 24 years ago, recognizes employees who have made outstanding efforts in their job performance, which enhance the City’s image and support the goals of the City’s Strategic Plan

The success of the City of Hollywood depends on our employees, I am always delighted to recognize those who have gone above and beyond to ensure superlative service and execution.

In the above vein, please join me in congratulating Code Compliance Officer Mabel Cardosa, who has been selected as the October 2021 Diamond Service Award Winner. Mabel has been a City employee for 25 years, she is being recognized for her outstanding work performance, initiative, teamwork, professionalism, customer service and dedicated commitment to public service.

In March 2020, Mabel transferred to Code Compliance from Engineering and in the short time she has been in Code Compliance, she has made a significant and positive impact. According to Code Compliance Manager, John Chidsey, Mabel immediately became a valued team member – sharing the knowledge she gained from her experience in various positions and divisions over the years to help assist fellow officers better understand the engineering ordinances and their related requirements.

In addition, Mabel has received several letters of appreciation from residents in her District including one such from Fred Gesten who wrote: “The one division that has the ability to maintain the character of our neighborhood is the Code Compliance Division. That is why my neighbors and I, are THRILLED about Ms. Cardoso. She has shown the ability and commitment to enforce property maintenance standards in our section, reducing damages inflicted by the short term rental guests. If we must live with these new neighbors, we can at least demand that they are not allowed to diminish the integrity and beauty of it. On behalf of myself and my neighbors, thank you for your help Ms. Cardoso. Please don’t stop.”

The City’s Diamond Service Award, which was created 24 years ago, recognizes employees who have made outstanding efforts in their job performance, which enhance the City’s image and support the goals of the City’s Strategic Plan. Recipients of this award are exemplary City employees who consistently go above and beyond, with an enthusiastic and engaged demeanor and attitude; they embody professionalism and integrity with an open mind and an open heart. They are resilient, open to change, always on time and always willing and able to make a difference, regardless of whether it is small or large. They are excellent examples for others, they always create a positive impression on residents, visitors and fellow colleagues amidst adversity or even controversy.

Mabel is joined by other exemplary employees also nominated for the prestigious award. They include:

Patrick Agenor: Police Officer, Hollywood Police Department
Joshua Collazo: Grounds, Urban Forestry and Streets Maintenance Superintendent, Public Works
Ameer Khan: Process Control Systems Technician, Public Utilities
Eduardo Gonzalez: Storeroom Supervisor, Police Department
John Kinch: Groundskeeper, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts
Julia Miller: Administrative Specialist II, Public Utilities (Now is a Payroll Specialist in Human Resources)
Ryan Diaz: Firefighter, Fire Rescue and Beach Safety
Siana Lakhan: Environmental Inspector, Public Utilities

The Diamond Service Award presentation will take place during the Employee Awards and Recognition Ceremony at the Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 City Commission Meeting. Congrats again to Mabel and all of the nominees!