Inter-Departmental Correspondence

County Manager’s Office



February 12, 2008


February 26, 2008







Honorable Board of Supervisors


John Maltbie, County Manager


Employee of the Month for February 2008



Honor Jack Yaco as Employee of the Month for February 2008 and authorize the President of the Board to sign the commendation.



Commitment: Responsive, effective and collaborative government

Goal 21: County employees understand, support and integrate the County vision and goals into their delivery of services.



The Employee of the Month program was established in December 1984 to recognize and honor County employees who consistently demonstrate an outstanding level of performance.

Our Employee of the Month for February 2008 is Jack Yaco, an Assessment Appeals Clerk, in the County Manager’s/Clerk of the Board Office.



Jack has been a County employee since 2001 and provides outstanding customer service as the Clerk of the Assessment Appeals Board. Jack ably handles sensitive and often complex assessment appeals involving millions of dollars. He graciously handles the variety of issues that come before the Assessment Appeals Board and always has a cheerful hello for everyone entering the office.

Jack is also a talented photographer that has generously donated more than 20 striking photographs of the peninsula for the benefit of San Mateo County. His work graces hallways and meetings rooms in the offices of the Board of Supervisors and County Manager’s Office. Jack’s photos add a touch of scenic beauty to otherwise white walls. They are a visual relief and a reminder that we live and work in one of the most beautiful areas anywhere. His photos include images of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse at sunset, fields of flowers and birds at a marsh. The San Mateo Bridge, busy freeways and buildings are transformed by Jack’s camera into works of art.

Jack’s photographs were featured in San Mateo County’s award winning State Fair booth, the County’s annual profile and now the masthead to the new County home page. Jack captures and shares the vision of the County in his photographs.

Many members of the public who have passed through the Board and County Manager’s offices have asked who took the photos. Many probably assume the County paid a lot of money to a professional photographer, perhaps questioning the wisdom of such expenditure.

It’s rewarding to say that a member of our County family is the one with the fine eye and steady hand. He may not charge the County for his work but we are nevertheless in debt to Jack.

Our County is fortunate to have exemplary employees like Jack Yaco who bring their professional and personal passion to our work place.