Program Coordinator Cindi Cruz is the City of Edmonds 2019 Employee of the Year. Chosen by her colleagues, the award was announced by Mayor Dave Earling at the City’s annual Holiday Brunch at City Hall last week, with Cruz’s family in attendance.
Cruz has been with the City of Edmonds for 40 years, working in a variety of capacities, including in the planning, finance and community services/economic development departments.
“During her time at City Hall, Cindi Cruz has consistently gone above and beyond in serving our community and is one of the ‘unsung heroes’ of our dedicated staff,” said Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling. “She not only plays an instrumental role in helping our city programs and events run smoothly, but she fills a demanding role with integrity, compassion, and humor. She is a role model for us all.”
“Cindi has been a lifesaver,” added Economic Development and Community Development Director Patrick Doherty. “Since my first day here at Edmonds over five years ago until today, Cindi has been an invaluable resource for me — a veritable walking encyclopedia on everything Edmonds!”
According to Doherty, Cruz has a four-decades-long list of accomplishments, but a few highlights certainly stand out, including successfully coordinating and promoting the initial development of the Edmonds Center for the Arts, helping direct tourism promotion, assisting with numerous community events, unwavering support to several citizen commissions — including start-up of the Edmonds Diversity Commission — and involvement in creating the Puget Sound BirdFest and the Edmonds Holiday Market.
Not only is she celebrating her 40 years of accomplishments with the City, she also celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary earlier this year and is in full swing planning her retirement later next year. She has spent the vast majority of her professional career with the city, all the while raising her two children, and she is looking forward to being a full-time “Gramma” to her five grandchildren.
The city’s Employee of the Year award recognizes employees who exhibit outstanding effort and dedicated service to the community. The award recipient is determined by an award committee comprised of previous recipients.