By Colin Killian, Public Communications Director
Municipal Court Administrator Lucy Coronilla was named the City of College Station’s 2022 Employee of the Year in a ceremony before Thursday night’s city council meeting. The Executive Leadership Team selected her from nine employees nominated by their peers.
Coronilla is in her 21st year with the city and was appointed municipal court administrator in 2021. Despite being short-staffed, she did a masterful job transitioning the court to new processing software and helped the vendor standardize the automated state reporting process to benefit all Texas courts.
In addition, Coronilla oversaw hiring a new city marshal, organized a statewide training program, represented the court with numerous professional agencies, and implemented other technology initiatives that significantly enhanced the court’s efficiency and services.
Other nominees for the award were Anthony Armstrong (Planning & Development Services), Eric Barton (Community Services), Kord Bratsen (Fire Department), Jake Gornitz (Police Department), Jared Lapaglia (Water Services), Richard Ryan (Public Works), Daniel Smith (Economic Development and Tourism), and Robert White (Electric Utility).
The City Manager’s Office also presented city impact and leadership awards.
Electric’s lead SCADA analyst, Robert White, received City Impact Award for his meaningful and long-lasting impact on the organization and community. White is the city’s SCADA – the system that monitors and controls CSU’s service area – expert and supervises a team that ensures compliance with ERCOT and North American Electric Reliability Corporation regulations.
In 2022, White and his team volunteered to conduct a comprehensive, eight-month audit of Water Services’ SCADA network, requiring extensive collaboration among the Electric, Water, and IT departments. He crafted a detailed, written plan to guide the project, inventoried the existing network equipment and software, and created a future design for Water’s SCADA network.
The city saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by performing the audit with internal staff instead of an outside contractor. In addition, White’s understanding of network cybersecurity and his ability to blueprint and execute a significant project for another department was invaluable and vividly demonstrated the city’s core value of “One City, One Team.”
Director of Planning & Development Services Michael Ostrowski received the City Leadership Award, presented annually to a department director or assistant director that demonstrated outstanding leadership. Recipients are nominated by their peers on the Executive Leadership Team.
Since Ostrowski joined the city in late 2020, his leadership skills and guidance have had a substantial, positive impact. In 2022, Ostrowski’s long-range team completed and adopted the 2021 Comprehensive Plan, a multi-year public engagement effort that required hundreds of staff and volunteer hours. Their hard work won prestigious awards from the regional and state chapters of the American Planning Association.
Under Ostrowski’s leadership, the department created a new middle housing zoning district, successfully competed for – and received – transportation grants for needed projects, adopted new building codes, revised parkland ordinances, and created an approach to address the urban heat island effect.
Ostrowski also expanded community engagement through forums with builders, developers, neighborhoods, business leaders, and the real estate community. In addition, he worked strategically and successfully to enhance staff engagement and morale, resulting in increased retention and decreased turnover.
Employee awards for 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years of service were presented in December. Those reaching five years of service were recognized at departmental events.
Congratulations to the 2022 award winners for your exemplary service to our organization and the residents of College Station.
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