Congratulations to Mary Griffin for being named Santa Rosa Junior College’s (SRJC) Employee of the Month for December 2014. Hired as a permanent employee in 2013, Mary currently works in the District Police Department as an Administrative Assistant II. Mary is responsible for assisting the Chief of Police with purchasing, budgets, deposits, PAF’s (Personnel Action Forms), POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) tracking and verifications, temporary parking permits, coordinating vehicle maintenance and other projects as they arise.
Mary has worked for various departments at SRJC, starting in 2008 as a student worker for the Disability Resources Department, then as an STNC Administrative Assistant for Agriculture and Natural Resources in 2011, before obtaining her current permanent position in District Police. Overall, Mary Griffin has contributed nearly six years of service to the College.
Matt McCaffrey, Chief of Police, explains “Mary touches a little of everything that makes the police department a great place to work. She is always looking for ways to make the department more efficient and effective. She not only asks why we do things a certain way, but offers solutions to make them better. She sees herself as having a responsibility to make sure the police department is as fiscally responsible as possible when making purchases.”
Prior to working at SRJC, Mary spent over 20 years as a General Manager for Max’s Restaurants in San Francisco. Seeking to change careers, Mary came to SRJC to obtain a certificate and make her dream a reality. Mary believes much of her success at SRJC has come from both her educational and professional experiences. “With these experiences I feel I bring knowledge, hopefully wisdom, and some patience which helps me help others in the most effective way possible,” said Mary.
She admits her greatest challenge has been learning and adapting to her new environment. Having known very little about the police department, Mary admits that at first she was anxious, yet excited about coming to work there.
“It was eye opening. Seeing first-hand the role that the District Police play in the daily lives of our students, staff and community - that I was totally unaware of before. They are doing a good job. Learning the language and the codes has been interesting, especially when I was given my own call number: ‘12 Mary 1’- in other police departments that would refer to the motorcycle unit. Although, I don’t believe I will ever be on the radio, it was still fun” said Mary.
Describing her as the “perfect fit” for his department, Chief McCaffrey revealed, “Since Mary’s arrival, morale and efficiency have greatly improved as people are able to get the equipment and supplies they need to do their job. Additionally, Mary works to create a family environment where people enjoy coming to work.”
Aside from her duties as an AA II, Mary also volunteers at the Sonoma County Volunteer Center in Santa Rosa, the Council on Aging in Sebastopol, and the Men’s Garden Club of Santa Rosa, and judge’s student projects from SRJC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources department.
Born and raised in Ireland, Mary graduated high school from the prestigious Kylemore Abbey, then attended Regional College in Galway, Ireland before moving to Sonoma County in June 1991 after purchasing nine acres.
Mary’s hobbies include: gardening, reading, cooking, walking and hiking. She enjoys spending time with her family in both California and Ireland: her twin sister Sheila, four brothers, nephews and nieces, and her partner Frank.
When told of her selection as Employee of the Month, Mary was stunned and said, “I’m very grateful, proud and humbled. I feel incredibly fortunate to work at the SRJC, and to be able to be part of a great team here at District Police. It is great to be given the opportunity to continue learning as a student and to benefit from working here in the college, it’s also fun to be on the other side. I am indeed fortunate.”