City announces 2014 Employee of the Year

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Henry Portorreal was named the 2014 Employee of the Year by the city of Destin during Monday night’s City Council meeting. He is pictured here with Mayor Pro Tem Sandy Trammell and his wife Elizabeth.

The city of Destin recently awarded Henry Portorreal the 2014 Employee of the Year Award. This is the 24th year of the award and the city’s most prestigious of all staff recognitions. Portorreal is a maintenance technician in the public services department.

Mayor Pro Tem Sandy Trammell and the Destin City Council publicly recognized Portorreal at the Jan. 5 city council meeting for his achievement. A plaque from Sen. Jeff Miller’s office was also presented to Portorreal praising his work and dedication to the city.

“Henry is an excellent choice for this award, and I am proud to have him on our team,” said City Manager Greg Kisela. “His contributions to the city are greatly appreciated, and it is nice to see him recognized.”

This year, the selection committee reviewed nominations made by staff. The committee then interviewed the nominators to find out how their nominees represent the city’s core values and mission: “…to provide quality service to our community through professionalism, communication and teamwork.” Portorreal stood out among the 13 nominees.

Portorreal began working for the city in the Recreation Department in 2012. In March of this year, he moved to the Public Services Department where he now serves as a maintenance technician.

“I am very honored and surprised to receive this award,” said Portorreal. “I love working for the city, we are like a family, and it means a lot that my co-workers think enough of me to recognize me this way.”