Mayor Coleen Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for May to Julia “J.J.” Mayer of the Lincoln Police Department and for June to Terri Krejdl of the Parks and Recreation Department. The monthly awards recognize City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City. The awards were presented at the beginning of today’s City Council meeting.
Mayer has been a Police Services Specialist at the Police Department since 1997. She was nominated in the categories of valor and customer relations by Cheri Marti, manager of the LPD Service Desk for her efforts to locate a missing man.
On March 23, 2003, the family of an 84-year old man suffering from dementia called LPD to report him missing. When Mayer received the report, she suggested getting the report in the state and national law enforcement systems. In talking to the man’s care giver, Mayer learned the missing man also suffered from diabetes and did not have his medication with him. A State Patrol officer reported that had earlier spotted an abandoned vehicle matching the man’s near Syracuse, but when the trooper returned the vehicle was gone. Syracuse and Otoe County officers were brought into the search.
Mayer worked as a liaison among the various law enforcement agencies involved. More than five hours after the report came in, LPD Captain David Beggs stopped a man driving in Lincoln, who indicated he was having trouble finding his home. The man, who was tired but in good physical condition, was driven home by a family member. The next day, Mayer wrote a letter of appreciation to the State Patrol.
“Mayer’s effort in bringing everyone’s attention to the man’s plight is ultimately the reason he was found,” Marti wrote in her nomination. “Mayer immediately recognized the efforts of others in this investigation rather than bring attention to herself. This was an extraordinary example of teamwork and inter-agency camaraderie. I believe her efforts and concern made all the difference in the man getting found and safety brought home.”
Krejdl, a Neighborhood Center Supervisor in the Parks and Recreation Department, has worked for the City of Lincoln for 22 years. She was nominated in the category of productivity by Recreation Manager Sandy Myers. She was nominated for her willingness and ability to assume key leadership positions during retirements or absences of others.
In the last several months, Krejdl has served as acting director of the Air Park Recreation Center and assisted at the Belmont and “F” Street Centers. She is helping to lead the Green Team Program and working at the Ager Indoor Playground.
“There are days when facilities could not stay open without Terri being able to fill in, wrote Myers in her nomination. “She is able to do all of this while performing her own daily duties of coordinating the day to day operation of all the centers.”
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are safety and loss prevention. 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.