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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
August 20, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents Award Of Excellence For July

Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for July to Officer Paul Aksamit of the Lincoln Police Department. The monthly award recognizes city employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the city. The award was presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting.

Aksamit was nominated in the category of productivity by Sergeant Danny Reitan for Aksamit's coordination of two special projects in March. The first was the March Maddness alcohol project conducted by the Northeast and Southeast Community Police Teams. Night shift officers did special enforcement in the areas of DWI detection, underage possession of alcohol, and tavern compliance. The effort resulted in 60 arrests for drinking and driving offenses, 18 arrests for minors in possession of alcohol, and one tavern violation for serving an intoxicated person.

The second project involved vandalism that Aksamit felt was most prevalent during breaks in the school year. Using an unmarked police car and wearing plain clothes, Aksamit traveled in likely target areas. When Northeast Team officers began trailing suspects in a series of BB gun vandalism incidents, Aksamit was sent into the area and observed a crime in progress. Uniformed officers then took the suspects into custody. Because of this effort, officers were able to clear 83 vandalism offenses with an estimated cost of $25,000 and one assault case.

"These two projects were highly successful due in no small part to the drive of Officer Aksamit and his wealth of knowledge developed over 26 years as a Lincoln Police Officer," said Mayor Wesely. "Officer Aksamit is held in high regard due to his street knowledge and ability to be in the right place at the right time."

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, safety, loss prevention 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.

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