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Tucsonan wins award for garbage truck skills

Citizen Staff Writer

A Tucsonan has hauled in a national award for his skills maneuvering a side-loader garbage truck.

Reuben Rivera placed third in the Sept. 27 “truck rodeo” sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America, City Manager Mike Hein said.

Rivera, a six-year employee of Tucson’s Environmental Services Department, competed against more than 100 drivers from 13 states.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Hein lauded the city’s Procurement Department for recognition it received from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.

Procurement also was honored by the National Purchasing Institute, which gave the department an award on the basis of its innovation, professionalism and productivity, Hein said.



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