Orange County Insight June 2022

Staff Enjoy Food, Fun, and Fellowship During Public Works Appreciation Event

By: Orange County Communications Department

Public works departments literally keep the wheels turning for counties, cities, and towns nationwide. Often operating behind - the - scenes, public works staff nevertheless fill a crucial role and often employ some of a locality ’ s most essential personnel. They serve in a variety of roles and provide a wide range of services, both internally to other staff, and externally to residents. In Orange County, for example, our Public Works Department houses Buildings & Grounds, Landfill & Solid Waste Collections, and Airport divisions. Without their service, operations would undoubtedly come to a grinding halt.

May 15 - 21 is recognized nationally as Public Works Week, which helps bring attention to the important role played by public works personnel. Our Public Works ’ leadership decided to go a step further and organize a “ Public Works Appreciation Day ” event on Wednesday, May 18, at Booster Park.

This event was the best - attended appreciation event in Public Works ’ history. More than 30 employees from across the Department ’ s several divisions gathered under the pavilion to enjoy a catered lunch, connect with other employees, and participate in a cornhole tournament. In anticipation of the friendly competition, some staff had begun preparing the prior week during their lunch break at a practice event guided by Parks & Recreation. The practice certainly paid off, as some employees proved to be highly skilled at the classic tailgate game. Building upon this success, some staff are interested in holding an ongoing lunchtime competition, to determine champions and award fun prizes.

Everyone enjoyed a delicious catered lunch, as well as desserts!

Orange County is supported by a dedicated group of staff across all of our departments, and we appreciate the service of every one. Please take some time to thank our public works staff. Those interested in joining the team should view our current job openings at

Parks & Recreation helped guide those new to cornhole, during a lunchtime practice, so they could prepare for the tournament to be held the following week during the appreciation event.

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