Pierce County IT has received numerous awards and national grants for technological innovation and excellence.
2019 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award: Information Technology Pierce County received a NACo Awardfor using the latest technology to help investigate code complaints. The Public Nuisance Portalmakes it easy for residents to report a code concern online. Meanwhile, the portal allows County staff to respond to new complaints in just a few days instead of several weeks!
2018 Employee Incentive and Recognition Standing Ovation Awards Staff from the Finance and Planning & Public Works departments won an Innovation Award for the Public Nuisance Portal. The portal makes reporting a complaint easier for residents and saves time for the code enforcement team. The time it takes to process complaints went from 90 days to 1-2.
2017 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award: County Administration and Management Pierce County won aNACo Award for using biometric time clocks to streamline elections. During the 2016 Presidential Election,the county needed a secure and more efficient way to check in hundreds of temporary election workers. Biometric clocks allow extra hires to quickly check in using any finger, thereby saving Pierce County more than $10,000 a year.
2017 NACo Achievement Award: Information Technology
The IT Division won a second award for successfully upgrading over 3,200 PCs and 1,000 mobile devices to Office 365, as well as migrating 4,500 email accounts to Outlook and a new email archiving system. Pierce County IT was recognized in the industry for a near perfect email archive data migration.
2016 Apex Award of Excellence: Digital Media Category The Puget Sound Fresh App won an Apex Awardfor graphic design and overall communications excellence. The Apex Awards is an international competition that recognizes exceptional work in digital and print media. Pierce County partnered with neighboring agencies, the University of Washington Tacoma and Seattle Tilth to create the app.
2016 WAURISA GIS Person of the Year Award Pierce County’s Chuck Buzzard was named“GIS Person of the Year” for his expertise and countless hours of volunteering.During his 20+ year career, Chuck has volunteered for critical leadership roles, including serving as WAURISA President, Conference Chair, and past Board member.
2016 Employee Incentive and Recognition Standing Ovation Awards Staff from IT, the Auditor, and Budget and Finance won an Innovation Award for designing a Biometric Time Clock. The system allows Elections extra hires to quickly clock in using any finger, thereby saving Pierce County more than $10,000 a year. Award video
Additionally, an IT, Auditor, and Assessor team won a Partnership Award for linking recorded documents with parcels in the Public GIS system. This project provides greater access to 15 commonly used recorded documents, including deeds of trust, surveys, liens and easements. Award Video