In just four short years, Aaron Menza has made a big impact within his organization by pushing the limits of mapmaking systems beyond standard expectations. Nominated for his dedication, willingness to collaborate, and creativity in his work, Menza continues to strive to apply his skills in service of the city.
For years, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and GPS has been used to map city utilities, land use and zoning, land parcels, trails and more, assisting staff with planning and utilizing resources more effectively. Advancements in the field and in Menza’s skills have resulted in GIS becoming the backbone of the Public Works asset and work management programs, which further helps with planning during the city’s budgeting process. GIS is used to analyze land use and demographics to help plan for sustainable growth in Rosemount. Mapping and spatial analyses help investigate crimes and complaints with the Police Department. He also creates interactive web maps, story-maps, dashboards, and surveys to innovatively communicate with citizens and businesses.
“I really enjoy pushing the limits of our GIS and software,” stated Menza. “Being able to integrate GIS with other city software and workflows has made it possible for me to really help my co-workers improve their operations and ultimately improve the services that are provided to the citizens of Rosemount.”
While his everyday work ethic, willingness to step up, and positive attitude make him an outstanding employee year after year, 2020 was a year that Menza stood out within the organization. During the onset of the pandemic, Menza lead an initiative to develop a map that would highlight the restaurants and school district sites providing free lunches to students in need. He collaborated with colleagues in neighboring cities around Dakota County to incorporate a wider area. His work was not only appreciated by residents around the county, but also noticed around the nation. Multiple cities, counties, and agencies, including FEMA, utilized Aaron’s concept as a best practice example to implement in their own municipalities.
“Aaron is a crucial member of our team, and he continues to establish himself as a leader that all staff can rely on for innovative solutions,” stated City Administrator Logan Martin. “GIS and technology will continue to drive municipal service delivery, and Aaron will be relied upon to help the City in those efforts.”
Employee of the Year is a peer nominated initiative that recognizes staff members who demonstrate exceptional customer service and work ethic, increased productivity, improve safety and/or initiate cost saving efforts. Aaron Menza is the 18th recipient of the award. Names of the winners are engraved on a plaque displayed in the upper lobby of Rosemount City Hall.