City of Lincoln
2005 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for June to Lincoln Police Officer Jason Brownell. 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.
Brownell was nominated by Police Sergeant Ann Heermann in the categories of safety and productivity. He has worked for the City since 2000. Brownell was chosen for this award for his work as a Lincoln High School Resource Officer or SRO. When the school’s SRO was injured, Brownell volunteered to fill the position from October 2004 until February of 2005.
During that time, Brownell responded to 150 calls for service, made six classroom presentations, wrote 250 traffic citations, made 85 misdemeanor and four felony arrests and served five warrants. His work with juveniles added another 23 misdemeanor arrests, and one felony arrest. Heermann said Brownell issued 84 percent more traffic citations, made 80 percent more misdemeanor arrests, and responded to 41 percent more calls for service than other high school SROs.
Heermann said Brownell focused on several long-term problems in the Lincoln High area, including students trespassing at nearby apartment complexes, resulting in property damage, fights and drug activity. Brownell wrote 11 juvenile referrals and 10 citations in this situation. In another area, he made 17 arrests and wrote two juvenile referrals for narcotics- related violations.
In response to rumors of an upcoming fight, Brownell contacted a suspect wanted in connection with a gun threat. After finding a loaded .38 revolver in the student’s pocket, Brownell arrested the student, who faces multiple charges. Heerman said Brownell’s actions helped to avoid a disaster and ensured the safety of everyone at the high school.
Lincoln High administrators praised Brownell for his listening skills, trustworthiness, long hours, professionalism and proactive approach. Associate Principal Pam Robinson and Administrative Secretary Deb McKinney wrote, “He treated everyone at Lincoln High with respect, and he took the time to work with staff, students and parents to help students to make better decisions about their behavior and to discuss what the consequences are when they make poor choices. He also took the time to patrol the area around the school, often making student contacts that prevented problems from entering the school.”
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are 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.