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Volume XXVIII, Number 5907
Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013

Charles Watkins Honored As Employee Of The Year

Photo by Daniel Avila

At the recent Annual Awards Ceremony, Charles Watkins was honored as the Parks Employee of the Year.

As the steward of more than 29,000 acres of land in New York City, it is almost impossible to walk a few blocks in any direction without encountering one of the 1,900 parks and playgrounds found in the city. With parks being such an integral part of the lives of New Yorkers and tourists, providing them with leisure, relaxation and relief from the congestion and noise of our urban infrastructure, it is incumbent on us to maintain, secure, and conserve this sacrosanct resource. This year’s Employee of the Year has proven himself to be a consummate professional and an important contributing factor to the success of this endeavor.

Charles Watkins is a City Park Worker (CPW) and has been with Parks since 1996. He began his career with Parks as a participant in the Work Experience Program. Since that time, Charles has worked his way up the ranks to become a permanent CPW, no small task. Charles serves in Queens District 2 where he can reliably be found operating the mini-packer and driving the dump truck, dutifully ensuring that all debris is promptly disposed of. When he is not on the road, Charles lends a hand in a variety of agency operations, from repairing small equipment, shoring up chain-link fences as well as assisting with tree maintenance and gardening.

Because of his dedication and strong work ethic, Charles is regularly relied upon as the district’s go-to staff member for special assignments. Charles’ attention to detail means that he is often the first person that supervisors call when they need a job done correctly, the first time.

Due to his dependability and dedication to his work at Parks, Charles has become an invaluable member of the Queens team. The diligence with which he approaches his work is an example for us all and for the many important skills he uses everyday on the job, he has been named Employee of the Year.


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