Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for November to Kenneth Challquist and Joe Woods, bus operators for StarTran, a division of 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.
Challquist and Woods were nominated by Dave Tivis, StarTran Field Supervisor, in the category of customer relations. While driving their routes on August 30, 2002, the two bus operators came upon a motorist trying to extinguish a vehicle fire at 35th and Apple streets.
"Ken and Joe, on instinct, took the fire extinguishers from their buses and proceeded to put out the fire before the flames were able to get out of control," wrote Tivis in his letter of nomination. "The effort that Ken and Joe showed helps strengthen the public’s perception that a bus operator is someone who can be counted on in times of need."
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are loss prevention, productivity, safety 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.