SAN FRANCISCO – Jocelyn Quintos-Rodis, Business Services Division Manager of the San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW), together with two other city managers, received the coveted Public Managerial Excellence Award in glittering awards ceremonies at San Francisco’s City Hall on March 19 sponsored by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), a non-profit organization founded in 1910.
According to SPUR, these awards, given over the last 32 years, “represent a unique opportunity to acknowledge the leadership, vision and ability to make a difference within government and the community.”
In his message, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee said that the awardees are “leaders who bring tireless dedication and initiative to their work. They demonstrate the true potential of a government that works for the good of all people.”
According to Corey Marshall, SPUR’s Good Government Policy Director, Jocelyn Quintos-Rodis was chosen for her “outstanding leadership and management of DPW’s accounting operations.”
“ Her diligence and dedication, working across many City departments over a mere six months, led to the automation of DPW’s Contract Service Orders, Change Orders, and HRC Compliance/Payment Authorization systems. This resulted in a significant reduction in processing times, faster mobilization of contractors to start work, and complete elimination of delays associated with paper-based approval processes,” Marshall said.
Robert Carlson, DPW Deputy Director for Finance and Quintos-Rodis’ supervisor, said that what made Jocelyn’s achievement impressive was that the innovative technology she managed, which reduced the time contractors could expect payment for their services from 80 days to 10 days, was done “in house” without using outside contractors.
Along with Quintos-Rodis, the other awardees at the SPUR event were Harlan L. Kelly Jr., Assistant General Manager for Infrastructure of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and Steven Castile, Golf and Turf Operations Manager of the city’s Recreation and Park Department. They were selected for the honor among the 20 nominees who were up for the awards.
Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award was Ed Harrington, the retiring General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) who was chosen for a lifetime of service to the City and County of San Francisco, including “unparalleled fiscal leadership and managerial excellence through five mayoral administrations.” From 1991 to 2008, Harrington served as San Francisco’s Controller, where he administered San Francisco’s $6.1 billion budget.
In his acceptance remarks, Harrington said that “without good governance, the city would be like a rocking chair, plenty of movement but no direction.”
Jocelyn Quintos-Rodis immigrated from the Philippines in 1984 along with her three brothers. She enrolled at San Francisco State University and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in accounting. After obtaining a master’s degree at Golden Gate University, she passed the state board of accountancy and became a certified public accountant.
After working in the private sector after college, Quintos-Rodis joined San Francisco city government in 1998 as division manager of the financial management and administration office of the San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) under Director Edwin Lee, who is now the city’s mayor. Before her current assignment in the DPW, she served as bureau manager of the Public Utilities Commission’s water system infrastructure division tasked with policy and decision making for a $4.3 billion, 13-year capital improvement program.
Quintos-Rodis is married to Hermilo Rodis, Jr., a Purchaser with the San Francisco Office of Contract Administration, presently assigned to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.