Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for January to Lorena Hernandez, the Assistant Center Supervisor at the “F” Street Recreation Center. 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.
Hernandez was nominated by Dorothy Skorupa, Community Center Supervisor, in the category of productivity. Lorena has worked for the City Parks and Recreation Department for more than four years. She has worked part-time for the playgrounds, the Nature Center and the Irving Recreation Center. She was also the Lead Supervisor at “F” Street for five months. Lorena became a full-time employee in May 2002 when the new “F” Street facility opened. As the evening supervisor, Hernandez is in charge of the part-time staff and volunteers. She also assists the Americorps workers and helps operate the Center. Skorupa said Hernandez recently took charge during the Center Director’s three-week absence. In addition to helping with the move to the new facility, Skorupa said Hernandez works to maintain discipline at the Center. She helped create the Center rules, train staff and inform parents of expectations.
“Lorena is professional with everyone that she comes into contact with,” wrote Skorupa in her nomination letter. “She dealt with several difficult situations, using mature judgement. Lorena is eager to learn about every aspect of the job. She is always thinking of new activities and programs for the participants. She works great with all ages, and is respected by all. It is obvious that Lorena enjoys her job and gives 110 percent effort to make sure the operation of the Center is successful.”
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are loss prevention, customer relations, 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.