City of Sarasota’s parking supervisor wins regional recognition

Cheryl Woodard to vie for top honors during Florida Parking Association conference

Cheryl Woodard. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota
Cheryl Woodard. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota

Cheryl Woodard, parking supervisor for the City of Sarasota, has been named the recipient of the Florida Parking Association’s 2016 Carol Easterling Award for the Central Region, the city has announced.

“This prestigious award recognizes an individual’s exemplary professionalism and work ethic in the parking industry,” a news release notes.

“Cheryl is very deserving of this honor,” said Parking Manager Mark Lyons in the release; he nominated Woodard for the honor.

“Her willingness to step out and work beyond her duties and level of responsibilities is exemplary,” Lyons added in the release. “She’s the type of employee who never misses a day of work, and is a shining example to her staff.”

Woodard is one of three statewide finalists who will be considered for top honors during the 2016 Florida Parking Association (FPA) annual conference, which will be held in December in Championsgate, near Orlando, the release notes. As a finalist, Woodard will have all of her conference expenses covered by the FPA, the release points out.

Woodard has been an employee with the City of Sarasota since 2007; she was promoted to parking supervisor in 2011, the release says. She oversees seven parking enforcement employees, parking fine collections and the parking permit program.

“Using her friendly demeanor and infectious smile, Cheryl makes everyone she contacts during the day feel better,” said Lyons in the release. “The parking team’s performance has improved year-over-year,” he added.