Queen Creek City Council accepts two awards

At its May 18 meeting, Queen Creek City Council accepted two awards, the West Region International Public Management Association Agency Award for Human Resources, IPMA-HR, and the Impact of Vitalant.

The City of Queen Creek has been recognized by IPMA-HR for initiatives related to the staffing of the new Queen Creek Police Department, a news release said. In the 18 months following City Council’s approval to launch QCPD, the Human Resources Division led an effort to recruit and onboard more than 70 officers and support staff, including the Chief of Police.

Not only did the hiring effort take place during a global pandemic, but also at a time when law enforcement agencies across the United States were facing hiring challenges. Additionally, QCPD surpassed the 30×30 initiative, a nationwide effort to have 30% of the workforce comprised of the most skilled women by 2030. The 30×30 target was achieved when it launched the department on January 11.

“Thank you to the efforts of our entire Human Resources Division, under the leadership of Michele Brown, and our QCPD command staff for the outstanding job of staffing our new police service with professional and compassionate people,” Queen Creek Vice Mayor Jeff Brown said in the statement. “This award, along with Vitalant’s award, continues to highlight the dedication to service that is embraced by this community.”

The City received the Impact Award for organizing monthly blood drives with Vitalant. In 2021, there was a 65% increase in blood donations compared to 2020. Blood drives succeed through collaboration and service. Various entities from the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce, HOAs, and schools help raise awareness of the monthly blood drives as the community rallies to make the life-saving gift of donated blood.

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