The Culture Committee of Probation District #5 was created in 2011 and was tasked with helping build a more positive working environment throughout the 11-county district. The committee members are Jill Spale, probation officer, Columbus; Jill Pokorny, probation officer, Wahoo; Christina Werner, support staff, York; Nick Luchsinger, probation officer, Columbus; Lance Hall, probation officer, Schuyler (Lance has since transferred to Probation District #4J in Omaha); and Carrie Rodriguez, chief deputy, Columbus.
The Committee implemented ideas across the district to help foster more positive working relationships among peers as well as develop recognition of accomplishments. Some of the activities include Employee of the Quarter, Years of Service Recognition, and holiday/welcome baskets. The committee also sponsors potlucks at staff meetings, snacks at staff meetings, team building exercises, sends out cards for birthdays, sympathy, new baby, weddings as well as encourages “Shout Outs” which are emails sent throughout the district when an employee wants to take a moment to give a co-worker a pat on the back or a thank you.
The Committee has been tasked with creating the type of environment they want to work in and be a part of, and to create ownership among the Probation District #5 employees in holding each other accountable to that standard and expectation.