August Employee of the Month: Tim Ramirez finds compassion in code compliance

SEGUIN, Texas –Tim Ramirez is one of the city’s code compliance officers. It’s a job that does not get much recognition despite having to deal with difficult situations and unhappy residents out in the field. However, his attitude never reflects any of the negativity he encounters. That’s why his supervisor, Senior Planner Helena Schaefer nominated Ramirez for Employee of the Month.

“Tim approaches the job with compassion, a sense of humor, and common sense that allows him to diffuse potentially volatile situations,” describes Schaefer.

Ramirez is a lifelong citizen of the City of Seguin, and Schaefer says he’s always willing to go the extra mile for his community. He’s been involved with numerous educational outreach events like Earth Day and the West Side Pachanga. Ramirez believes that teaching folks why we have code enforcement goes a long way in keeping our community safe.

“It’s tough when I have to ask people to do something that they don't quite understand, and may even be a burden on them.  Although, our city’s Codes are intended to promote health and safety, sometimes there isn't a solution that makes everyone happy.  I have even had some folks become emotional, and that’s very hard because I know I still have to find a way to get the job done while trying to take into consideration their circumstances,” said Ramirez.

Ramirez understands that property owners are people who are dealing with different circumstances. He is willing to show compassion for those who may not have the resources or means to rectify a violation immediately; he works with them to resolve it in a reasonable timeframe.

“I try my best to be a spiritual man.  Hard work and helping others should be a way of life.  In the Bible book of Proverbs, wise King Solomon said that a kind man benefits himself.  An act of kindness can go a long way, so I try to be reasonable with people.  Most people never intend for the condition of their property to get out of hand.  It's pretty satisfying when you cooperate and help someone improve their property.  It's that type of positive community interaction that helps me enjoy my job,” added Ramirez. ###