Story courtesy Eric Robles and Tina Fermin, General Services;
Photos courtesy General Services
A reception was held July 19 for Valerie Melloff, longtime Assistant General Manager, General Services and Club Member. She retired after 37 years of City service.
The reception originally was planned to be held on the General Services building patio, but due to high temperatures the location was moved to the Tom Bradley Room high atop City Hall.
Val was instrumental in many programs and events at General Services, including the annual Custodian Appreciation Day, in which the Club participated.
Council District 3 honored Val with this resolution including many of her notable accomplishments:
“Whereas, Valerie V. Melloff began her distinguished career with the City of Los Angeles in 1985 as a Management Assistant with the Office of the City Administrative Officer; and
“Whereas, Valerie V. Melloff first came to the Dept. of General Services as a Chief Management Analyst and Director of Finance, guiding the department through many challenging times including the Great Recession, ERIP, the COVID-19 pandemic, and SIP; and
“Whereas, Valerie V. Melloff improved the Dept. of General Services operations and the delivery of services to client departments through the implementation of strategic plans, GSDSTAT, and the Asset Management System; and
“Whereas, Valerie Melloff loves to recognize the accomplishments of employees through the annual reports, MVP Awards, and 2022 employee appreciation campaign; and
“Whereas, Valerie V. Melloff is a proud Angeleno and oversaw the production of iconic LA events such as the Hollywood Christmas Parade and El Grito, and the upgrade of the City Hall lights and lighting program, which commemorates events of importance to the City and its residents; and
“Whereas, Valerie V. Melloff works tirelessly to ensure the safety of City employees, supervising the Office of Public Safety, bringing new innovation in security and credentialing at shops and yards, the Civic Center and municipal buildings; and
“Whereas, while the retirement of Valerie V. Melloff leaves a large void in the Dept. of General Services, her legacy of dedication and excellent work will carry on throughout the many people she has worked with; and
“Whereas, Valerie V. Melloff is entering a well-earned retirement after a distinguished City career, it is with deep respect and appreciation that her co-workers and colleagues see her off to a retirement filled with her family and friends;
“Now, therefore be it resolved that by the adoption of this resolution, the Los Angeles City Council hereby commends and thanks Valerie V. Melloff for  years of dedicated service and wishes her well in retirement and all future endeavors.”
“Thank you for the warmest and most thoughtful sendoff ever,” Val said at her reception.
Deepest congratulations and thanks go to Val, a supportive Club Member and a helpful partner to the Club in honoring City employees for their dedication to Los Angeles.
The Club also thanks Eric Robles, Tina Fermin and Emily Mayeda for their assistance in producing this article.