State of Community Dinner: City of Auburn Employee award

City accountant wins employee of the year

By: Gloria Young, Reporter
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For City of Auburn Employee of the Year Cristina Shafer, the job in the Administrative Services Finance Department is an opportunity to do something she enjoys.

“I always liked numbers. They are very precise,” she said. “It’s nice to work with a good team. Each person has their own task and when you put it together, you work as one cohesive team.”

Shafer has been an accountant on the staff for three years and became full time last year.

“The public may know her as the business license contact, but internally we all know her as someone you can go to with any finance-related questions, and be assured they will be answered with a smile,” City Manager Bob Richardson said when announcing the selection.

“Cristina is one of those employees who works seamlessly with other employees and makes the often cumbersome internal administration process of a city run smoothly,” he said in an email. “Her always helpful attitude and smile perfectly exemplifies the kind of people we have working at the city. Organized, proactive and never afraid of ‘newness,’  Cristina has taken on a wide range of new responsibilities over the course of a year and handles them with accuracy and grace.”

Shafer moved to the United States from the Philippines with her family when she was 10 years old. They settled in the Bay Area. After she married, she lived for a time in New Jersey. Three years ago she moved to Rocklin, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

She has a business administration degree with option in finance from Cal State Hayward.

Shafer likes cooking, particularly preparing Philippine dishes, and sharing her creations with family and friends.

“I’m a big foodie,” she said. “We like to travel and spend time with family. Family is really important to me.”

She will be one of the honorees at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce State of the Community Dinner on Sept. 7.

“I was very surprised, but very honored and it is very much appreciated,” she said about receiving the award.

“I enjoy what I am doing right now,” she said. “It’s nice to help the public and still be able to do accounting all at the same time.”