Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for March to Randy Winch of the Public Works and Utilities 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.
Winch has been with the Street Maintenance Operations Division since 1977. He was nominated in the category of safety by Jim Chiles, Assistant Superintendent of Equipment Management.
Public Works has switched to a harder and thicker blade for its snow plows. While this reduces the frequency with which worn blades need to be changed, the new blades are much heavier and more difficult to handle. Winch had an idea to build a cradle to attach to the lift truck forks. He designed and supervised the manufacturing of the blade cradle, which has been in use since November.
"Using the lift truck hydraulics and the blade cradle, a mechanic is able to properly position a blade for installation in a matter of minutes,” noted Chiles in his nomination letter. “This method is not only much safer, but has turned a difficult two-person job into a one-person task. Randy’s experience, knowledge and willingness to go beyond what is expected was the driving force in this inventive procedural change.”
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are productivity, customer relations 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.