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Bryan Zahn is Mission Viejo's 2022 Employee of the Year

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Bryan Zahn, a Senior Public Services Supervisor, has been named Mission Viejo’s 2022 Employee of the Year. 

Surrounded by colleagues and friends, Bryan received the annual award from City Manager Dennis Wilberg. 

Nominated by several people for the annual award, Bryan is a 17-year City employee who is known for always going above and beyond the call of duty and for his passion and love for Mission Viejo, which has helped to make it the beautiful city that it is today. 

As a supervisor of landscape maintenance, Bryan’s proactive work is evident throughout many City parks, facilities, and open spaces. Under his supervision, the World Cup Soccer Fields, Potocki Center for the Arts and other recreation complexes far exceed industry standards for landscape. In fact, Bryan single-handedly planned, organized, and managed the renovation of the World Cup Soccer Fields. The fields are now on par with the level of professional soccer fields. 

“Bryan is the heart of the Public Services Department,” said a coworker when nominating him for the award. "This year alone he led 19 scout projects and six community services projects. He plans, organizes and oversees many sport clinics such as the Julie Foudy clinic. He has built and fostered many relationships with sports leagues and the community at large, making him an asset to the improvement and care for our City.”  

For his outstanding efforts, Bryan was feted with the City Manager office’s “Most Valuable Player” recognition for working countless hours beyond his normal work schedule on weekends and evenings. He was also recognized by the Recreation Department for “saving the day” after hours at the Concert in the Parks at the Village Green.  

The City as an organization recognized Bryan’s growth this year by reclassifying his position from Public Services Supervisor to a Senior Public Supervisor.  

“With the additional duties, Bryan has become somewhat of an ambassador of the City as he comes in contact with so many residents throughout his workday,” said another nominator. “He represents the City with pride and humility and is always ready to be in the service of others.” 

The City of Mission Viejo appreciates Bryan’s outstanding efforts and commitment to this community.  He will be honored by the City Council in January.  


Submitted by David Allen on Thu, 12/15/2022 - 7:19 pm


Congratulations Bryan, well deserved. Thanks for all of your help in support of our city’s volunteers. It has been a pleasure working along side you through the last 17 years.

Submitted by Randy Tiffany on Fri, 12/16/2022 - 7:38 am


Bryan is a terrific ambassador for Mission Viejo! He always has a smile and takes the time to fill me in on the future improvements to the parks system.

Submitted by Bob Andrews on Fri, 12/16/2022 - 8:53 am


They couldn't have honored a more deserving person for this outstanding award. As a 25 year volunteer with AYSO Region 84 MV, I have the privilege to interact with Bryan on almost a daily basis (I'm sure more than he and his awesome team desires)

Bryan definitely embodies Mission Viejo pride and gives 150% on everything he is involved with. We are so proud and grateful for the condition of our soccer fields and parks. Bryan, thank you for all you do for Mission Viejo and for helping make AYSO 84 the best region around. Congratulations again!

Submitted by Robert David Breton on Fri, 12/16/2022 - 10:55 am


Congratulations, Bryan, on such a well-deserved and long overdue honor! Your painstaking, loyal service to all the citizens of Mission Viejo shows just how much you love this City. Your father would be so proud of you for following in his footsteps and serving the residents so selflessly.
You are always ready and eager to help, with such a positive attitude. Your smile is the face of Mission Viejo. Thanks for your professional and diligent work over the years -- always going beyond the call of duty.
You are the best!

Submitted by Jennifer Pang on Fri, 12/16/2022 - 5:37 pm


Congratulations, Bryan! This award is very well-deserved. We appreciate your dedication to helping Scouts in the area, and everything else you do for the city. Your generosity with your time and the kind, sincere words that you had for William at the completion of his Eagle project this week will be remembered for a very long time. Thank you!

Submitted by Amber Duke on Sat, 12/31/2022 - 11:49 am


Fantastic Bryan!!! You deserve this!! Bryan was absolutely key in organizing our Girl Scout planting projects. Bryan has the upmost patience and organization. He gets the job done. Thank you for being a part of Mission Viejo progress!

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