Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for November to Julie Watson, an office assistant in the Parks and Recreation Department. The award, presented at the beginning of today’s City Council meeting, recognizes city employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the city.
Watson has been with Parks and Recreation since August of 1991. She was nominated in the category of customer relations by Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson, who said he receives many positive comments about Watson’s professionalism and her positive customer service attitude.
Watson was responsible for planning and coordinating the Nickelodeon Big Help program in Lincoln, which brought volunteers together to work on a project supporting children. She worked with several community agencies and youth groups to pulverize trees into wood chips and to paint parking posts at Pioneers Park.
"Coordination of the event was in Lynn’s words, ‘seamless and flawless,’" Wesely said. "The event attracted more than 800 participants due to Julie’s efforts. Julie regularly promotes the department’s projects and programs and consistently works to enhance communication between divisions and departments."
In addition to customer relations, the other categories in which employees can be nominated are productivity, loss prevention, safety and valor. All city employees are eligible for the award 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 a 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.