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Longtime employees commended at pinning ceremony

Posted on 12/17/2020
Longtime employees commended at pinning ceremony

The dedication and service of two Weld County Government employees was recognized Monday at an annual Employee Recognition Pinning Ceremony during the Board of County Commissioners meeting.

“It’s great to be able to recognize two employees who have worked at Weld County for 40 years. It’s an amazing feat,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman. “Their commitment to their jobs and to providing great service to Weld County residents is beyond impressive.”

Prior to Edna Mata, current Weld County Print Shop Manager, being hired on as a full-time employee, she participated in the Occupational Work Experience program in high school. She started full-time in 1980 in Human Resources’ payroll division. When the payroll function was moved to Accounting in 1984, Mata moved with it. For five years, she then worked at the Department of Public Works before becoming Print Shop Manager in 1997.

“Over the years, Edna has constantly improved the quality of the Print Shop,” said Don Warden, Weld County Director of Finance and Administration. “As printing technology has changed, Edna has adapted – looking for new ways to do things. She even took classes at Aims Community College to learn how to effectively use new printing and graphics technology. I consider her not only to be a great Weld County employee I can always count on to get her job done, but also a great friend over the years.”

Joyce Hause-Ackerman with DHS Director Jamie UlrichJoyce Hause-Ackerman, Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare Quality Assurance Reviewer, began her career with the county with the Weld County Shelter Home for three years before becoming a lead case worker with Youth Services. She eventually worked into her current position where she completes checks and balances for the Child Welfare Division and serves on the statewide Colorado Trails Users Group (CTUG). Hause-Ackerman is considered by many of her peers as an expert in quality assurance.

“Joyce is the person I go to when I’m looking for something in our rules and regulations,” explained Heather Walker, Weld County Child Welfare Division Head for DHS. “She’s a true historian, is instrumental to the success of our division and is such a sweet soul who cares about these kids.”

“Working at Weld County gives me pride not only in Weld County, but also in Colorado,” said Mata. “Weld County Government is a part my life. The knowledge I’ve gained from my superiors and coworkers in the various positions I’ve held, has led me to this point in my career. It’s a great place to work.”

“There have been a lot of changes over the years I’ve worked here,” Hause-Ackerman chuckled. “I love working with the kids and families in Child Welfare and really want to help make Weld County DHS the best program possible.”

Fifty-four other employees were also recognized for 10, 20 and 30 years of service to the county.

To view current job openings at Weld County Government, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/weld.