July Employee of the Month: CJ Brown
photo by Tim Fitzgerald
With 16 years of expertise and an ability to get the job done, no matter the conditions, CJ Brown, groundskeeper II with grounds, is an invaluable member of the UNO community. His efforts to keep the campus environment in tip-top shape are much appreciated by many.
"CJ has worked here for many years and knows every aspect of the job," one individual wrote. "He is able to use his knowledge of equipment repair and how it should work to get jobs done in a timely and efficient manner. He will get the job done right the first time."
Brown works with a staff of 18 and completes a variety of tasks each day, including handling work orders. Much of his schedule comes from situations that arise throughout his shift.
Co-workers can find Brown out and about working on or overseeing sign installation and maintenance, landscape installation and repair, shrub planting, and a variety of painting and carpenter work, among other jobs. He most enjoys tasks involving Bobcat operation.
Prior to working at the university, Brown was employed as a driver with Trans-Am Trucking. He retired from trucking after 34 years and sought employment on campus.
Brown joined UNO as a groundskeeper I and spent two years in that position before being promoted to his current post. The job is a good fit for him because he wasn't ready to stop working and enjoys the working conditions.
"I was too young for Social Security, but I like the outdoors," he said. "I also have some control over things that are done."
Although he enjoys being outside, Brown found the winter of 2009, which had some of the worst weather of the past several years, a big challenge. Colleagues said they are very impressed and thankful for his help during that period.
"CJ stepped up to work the record amount of snowfall Omaha received during the month of December 2009", one co-worker said. "The bitter cold temperatures did not stop CJ from getting the job done of coordinating the entire team in the snow removal process. He worked many nights, weekends and holidays to oversee the removal and to help in the moving of mountains of snow."
As Employee of the Month, Brown said it is "nice to know that people appreciate you."
Target shooting and traveling are among his favorite hobbies away from campus.
(Pictured above: Brown and UNO Chancellor John Christensen.)