Engineer Promotes Strategic Workforce Planning

Employee of the Week: Environmental Health Department’s Isreal Tavarez

Albuquerque, NM– Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry awarded Isreal Tavarez from the Environmental Health Department, as this week’s Employee of the Week for directly contributing to the sustainability of the department’s workforce.


Tavarez is a talented engineer who serves the Environmental Health Department’s Air Quality Program as the Air Quality Permitting Division Manager. Whenever possible, he helps the Program’s clients with a balanced approach to protecting the environment while looking for ways to work with businesses in order to help them succeed; a directive Mayor Berry outlined early in his administration.


In 2012, the Environmental Health Department initiated an internal Leadership Academy to develop professionalism and excellence in highly technical keystone positions, as well as to ensure that succession planning is a priority.


Succession planning is a process undertaken by departments that trains, develops and prepares its current employees to fill the positions of leaders who will eventually exit the workforce. Many professionals in the Environmental Health Department have completed advanced degrees in Environmental Science, Life Science, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Public Health, Meteorology, Vector Ecology, Immunology, Geology, Environmental Protection, Environmental Health and Safety, and Epidemiology.


Tavarez is passionate about developing leadership skills, both in himself and his staff. He volunteered to lead the Leadership Academy’s most recent class in 2016, taking on a significant responsibility and time, in addition to an already challenging job. He has embraced the Academy principles so much so that he volunteered to lead the Environmental Health Department’s third Leadership Academy class.


Due to Tavarez’s passion for leadership development and his willingness to champion the third Leadership Academy class, 33 of the department’s professionals, including engineers and scientists, are well prepared to become the Environmental Health Department’s future leaders. It is for these reasons that Isreal Tavarez was recognized as this week’s City of Albuquerque’s Employee of the Week.

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