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August 5, 2009 > Union City retirees honored

Union City retirees honored

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Meenu Gupta

Janice Abbott, Rosemary Edge, Carmen Jaramillo, Alison Buenaventura, Officer Greg Moller, Officer Rich Noack, Officer Wayne Chapman were honored on their retirement after years of dedicated service to the City of Union City on July 28.

Abbott retires from the City after 11 years. She joined the Economic and Community Development Department as an Administrative Assistant II on July 24, 2000. Her co-workers chose her as the Union City 2005 General Government Employee of The Year for her outstanding work. Economic and Community Development Director Joan Malloy accepted the proclamation on her behalf.

"Janice has been one of our shining stars at the front counter for many years and I have received regular compliments from citizens about how helpful she is," said Malloy.

Rosemary Edge joined Union City Leisure Services (UCLS) in 1998 as a Secretary, was soon promoted to Administrative Assistant I in 1999, to Administrative Assistant II in 2002 and to Administrative Assistant III in 2007. In her 11-year tenure as Departmental Administrative Assistant, Edge displayed her breadth and depth of knowledge and skills. She served as Recording Secretary to the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Senior Commission and the Arts Council.

"It has been great working for Union City. I have enjoyed it," she said.

Carmen Jaramillo thanked everyone saying that it has been an honor to work for the City. She retires after 12 years. Born in Union City, she joined UCLS in 1997 as an Office Assistant I at Holly Community Center with the Senior Program. Jaramillo transferred to the Ruggieri Senior Center in 1998 to work on Special Events and Senior Trips. For the past 11 years, she has been an integral part of the Ruggieri Senior Center's programs, such as the Spring and Winter Concerts, Spring Bonnet Program, Mother's Day Program, Senior Walk, Crafts Faire, Auto Show, numerous senior trips to Carmel/Monterey, Filoli Gardens, Hearst Castle and many casinos in Northern California.

Alison Buenaventura started working for the City in 1974 as a Recreation Specialist with the "Hire a Youth" Program based at the Teen Workshop organizing teen employment referrals, youth counseling and the City Car Show "Low Rider" Happening/Queen of Union City Special Event. In 1984, Buenaventura transferred to the Kennedy Community Center and left in 1992 because of budget cuts. She returned in 1998 as an Office Assistant II at the Ruggieri Senior Center and was promoted to Office Specialist III in 1999. She served as the lead administrative staff member at the senior center, assisting such programs and services as St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving Luncheon, Holiday Luncheon, Senior Walk, Auto Show, Crafts Faire and creating the Senior Talent Show and Senior Carnival programs. Her peers recognized her as the 2007 City Employee of the Year for Leisure Services/Public Works for her many accomplishments and wonderful personality.

"I have learned a lot, made many friends and I will miss everybody," she said as she thanked the City.

Officer Wayne Chapman retires after 21 years with Union City Police Department (UCPD). He joined on May 9, 1988, and has had many roles including Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer and Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) Officer. As Police Athletics League (PAL) officer, Chapman was instrumental in the acquisition and renovation of the former Casa Club restaurant as the venue for the PAL boxing club. He has organized numerous community events, such as the PAL Truck Show, which enhance young people's quality of life. Chapman was recognized as Public Safety Employee of the Year 2000, received the Community Spirit Award for Public Safety in 2002 and was named Officer of the Year 2002. Police Chief Greg Stewart accepted the commendation on his behalf.

"Wayne Chapman has been an integral part of UCPD. His forte was working with youth," said Stewart.

Vice-Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci presented Officer Greg Moller with a commendation after 24 years' service. He joined UCPD as a Dispatcher Clerk in May 1985 and was a police reservist from 1986 and a police officer from April 1989. Moller has fulfilled different roles, including Patrol Officer, Hostage Negotiator, Trauma Support Team Member and Detective. He acknowledged the support of his family and also thanked the Police Department.

Officer Rich Noack joined UCPD as a Reserve Officer in August 1979, becoming Reserve Sergeant before being hired as a police officer in December 1981. Noack has served as Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer for new recruits, Bicycle Officer, Firearms Instructor, TASER instructor and completed two assignments as a motorcycle Traffic Officer and is certified in Traffic Accident Reconstruction.

He has received 61 commendations for exemplary service during his UCPD career from grateful citizens, other law enforcement agencies, community and business groups and for his participation in reviving one of two toddlers who had fallen into a swimming pool and stopped breathing prior to the arrival of medical personnel.

"I'd like to thank you all for allowing me to participate in the growth of the City. It's been a pleasure," said Noack.

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