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DOH-Volusia - Scientist Named DOH-Volusia’s Employee of The Year

April 09, 2018

Daytona Beach, Fla. - Innovative thinking is one of the characteristics used to describe the Department of Health in Volusia County's (DOH-Volusia) new Employee of the Year. Andres "Andy" Natal, environmental health program consultant, received the honor at an April 5 employee in-service meeting in Daytona Beach.

Natal, who oversees the public drinking water program in Volusia, saved the department thousands of dollars without impacting the protection of public health by using an innovative approach to free up staff to do field inspections, according to his supervisor's nomination. The nomination also cited Natal's belief in leading by example and not hesitating to jump in and get his hands dirty when there is a problem.

DOH-Volusia is responsible for ensuring all public water systems are providing safe drinking water, including large, city-owned plants and smaller water systems such as those in private communities, mobile home parks and RV parks. Volusia County has 143 public water systems.

A native of Puerto Rico, Natal joined DOH-Volusia in March 2006 as an environmental scientist/specialist. He was promoted to environmental supervisor in July 2016. Less than a year later, he took the reins of the public drinking water program. He has earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and a master of business administration degree from Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico.

Employee of the Year nominees were selected by employees who recognized their co-workers for their commitment to the agency's values: innovation, collaboration, accountability, responsiveness and excellence. An employee committee reviewed the nomination applications and selected the employee of the year using an impartial process.

Employee of the Year award nominees included: David Arndt, Kevin Billiot, Regina Harris, Susie Haughton, Dawn Hewitt, Sherri Hobbs, Melinda Koller, Paul Marz, Bill Stahara and Susan Stewart.

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