Meet Public Works' Employee George Escobar
George Escobar, a 37-year employee of the City of Santa Cruz, embodies the spirit of public service. George began his career with the City in 1974 as a solid waste worker, and during his tenure he has devised new garbage and recycling collection systems, reached out to the elderly and disabled populations, partnered with the Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) on special cases and volunteered on countless community projects.
As Lead Supervisor for the Public Works Department, George is helping the City transition to a more efficient automated collection system while introducing new programs to assist customers with bulky waste, appliance collection and holiday tree pickups. George also meets regularly with the elderly and disabled citizens in the community to evaluate their garbage and recycling needs to determine how Public Works might better serve them.
Additionally, for the past 20 years, George has assisted the SCPD in addressing public safety issues. He has made our police officers’ job easier by cleaning up problem residences and illegal camp sites and identifying abandoned vehicles. The SCPD counts on George to be another set of “eyes and ears” to aid them in their efforts to create a safer community.
Finally, George gives back to the Santa Cruz community on his own time by administering donations of bicycles to local churches for disadvantaged youth and volunteering at the Veterans Hall holiday party.
Thank you for your commitment to the City and Santa Cruz community, George!