After merger, city’s vision plan looks just as good as before

We asked for kudos commending employees' flood recovery efforts. Read what city leaders and department directors have to say.

The City of Houston Municipal Court Department is home to this year's court Clerk of the Year for Texas.

 

MCD's Clerk of Court Charlotte Booker was named this year's recipient of the award by the Texas Municipal Clerks Association. She will receive the honor in recognition for her excellent work with the Houston MCD at the TMCA annual meeting in August. 

Houston Airport System's Rhonda Arnold is not just making a difference in aviation locally, she is making an impact on the industry nationally.

 

Arnold, HAS director of community relations, has been actively involved with the Airport Minority Advisory Council, a national aviation nonprofit organization that promotes minority participation in aviation. Her work and devotion to that cause was recognized at the 2015 Airport Minority Advisory Council meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in June.

 

At the AMAC meeting, Arnold was presented with the AMAC Chairman's Award. The award honors a change agent from inside or outside the organization who has helped AMAC transform itself and improve its effectiveness by focusing on such matters as organizational effectiveness, improvement, and development.

 

AMAC is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting the full participation of minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises in airport contracting and the inclusion of minorities and women in employment. The organization works to eliminate the barriers to minority and women participation in the airport industry and to capitalize on the opportunities available in the industry.

Victor Ayres has performed numerous jobs during his 20-plus years with the City of Houston. Add Fleet Management Department director to the list.

 

Mayor Annise Parker named Ayres to the director's post in early June.

 

Ayres' background includes 13 years with the Finance Department and General Services Department, leading Fleet Management, Energy Management and Environmental Conservation Teams. He culminated those assignments as the city’s fleet manager from 2006 to 2008, where he led and developed comprehensive citywide plans and programs which addressed fleet funding levels, vehicle replacement schedules and fleet information management systems.

 

Before his current appointment and confirmation, Ayres served as the deputy director in the Solid Waste Department over operations since 2008.

 

“This is still a relatively young department with many opportunities to excel. I am looking forward to working with our talented and innovative staff to ensure that our customer departments are able to meet the citizen’s needs and expectations when it comes to service delivery from the city,” Ayres said.

 

Ayres holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Memphis and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Houston.

 

The City of Houston Fleet Management Department was created July 1, 2011, by consolidating all fleet operations in the city into one central department. The department has more than 350 employees and 25 maintenance facilities across Houston to provide fleet services to 22 city departments with a combined municipal fleet total of approximately 12,000 units.

 

The department is responsible for asset management, maintenance and repairs, fueling services, vehicle acquisition and disposition, equipment specifications, alternative fuel vehicle planning, and implementation and the citywide shared motor pool program, FleetShare.

 

Cyclists can now breeze through downtown safely thanks to the new dedicated Lamar Street bike lane that also connects bike routes in the area.

Downtown workers and residents are getting acquainted with a new neighbor, one that moves fast, works all day and night, and he's not afraid to toot his own horn. And he's just getting warmed up. Meet the new Metro Light Rail line.

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