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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
January 8, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor's Award of Excellence Presented

Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayorís Award of Excellence for December 2000 to Jason Ahlberg of the Parks and Recreation Department. The award, which was presented at the beginning of todayís City Council meeting, recognizes city employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the city.

Ahlberg has been a seasonal employee with Parks and Recreation since May 1988. This past summer, he was a Pool Manager at Eden Pool. He was nominated in the area of productivity by his supervisor, Holly Lewis, for his efforts to extend pool hours past the usual closing date because of the hot weather. On short notice, Ahlberg was asked to keep Woods Pool open on Saturdays and Sundays including Labor Day. He recruited staff from eight different pools and had the schedule ready to go by the time the extension was approved. Attendance figures from Labor Day weekend were among the top ten for the entire summer.

It was wholly due to Jasonís enthusiasm, dedication and rapport with the staff that the late season effort was possible," Holly wrote. "He made the impossible seem easy."

In addition to productivity, the other categories in which employees can be nominated are loss prevention, customer relations, 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.

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