Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayorís Award of Excellence for January 2001 to Dave Tivis, a StarTran Field Supervisor. 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.
Tivis, who has worked for StarTran since 1990, was nominated for the award in the category of customer relations by Robert Karls, a temporary employee of the Lincoln Police Department. Karls became high centered in a snow drift the evening of December 23, and he received help from Tivis, who was checking on routes in a StarTran van.
"Iím 74 years old with high blood pressure," Karls wrote in his nomination. "In trying to extricate my vehicle, I only dug in deeper. At this time, a Good Samaritan named Dave Tivis stopped by and offered help. Unable to manually move me, he fetched a spade and freed me."
In addition to customer relations, the other categories in which employees can be nominated are loss prevention, customer relations, productivity, 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.