Two city employees received the Mayor’s Award of Excellence at the beginning of today’s City Council meeting. In Mayor Don Wesely’s absence, Police Chief Tom Casady presented the award for September to Officer Greg Cody. Finance Director Don Herz presented the award for June to Larry Schauer, Assistant Purchasing Agent. (Schauer was unable to accept his award at earlier presentations.) The award recognizes city employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the city.
Cody is a ten-year veteran of the Police Department. He was nominated in the category of productivity by his supervisor, Sergeant Bob Kubicek, for his work in traffic law enforcement. In 1998, Cody reached a professional goal by becoming certified as an instructor for radar and laser use. Recognizing the need for the radar materials to be revised, he worked on and off duty to completely overhaul the ten-year old training program.
"As a result of Cody’s efforts, the Lincoln Police Department now has an exceptional radar training manual and training course," wrote Kubicek in his nomination letter. "It is only through initiative such as this that we can continue to improve our training programs and our services to the community."
Schauer is the Assistant Purchasing Agent for the Finance Department and has been with the city since April 1979. He was nominated in the area of loss prevention by Lynn Johnson, Director of Parks and Recreation.
Schauer developed a new system for contracting for small construction, maintenance and repair projects. He researched a model developed by the University of Nebraska and then met with the departments involved. Working with the City Attorney’s Office, Schauer developed a new contract form and bidding schedule. Departments may now have direct contact with firms under contract to request proposals for small projects, which saves time and money, decreases paperwork and improves employee productivity.
In addition to productivity and loss prevention, the other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, safety and valor. All city employees are eligible for the Mayor’s Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public.
Nomination forms are available from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program. All nominations are reviewed by the Mayor’s Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor.
Award winners receive a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. Monthly winners are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.