City of Lincoln
2008 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for 2007 to Houston Doan and Bradley Kastl with the LIFE Office of the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging. The award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City. It was presented at the beginning of today’s City Council meeting.
All monthly award winners are eligible to receive the annual award. Doan and Kastl were the monthly award winners in May 2007. They were nominated by supervisors in the categories of productivity and customer service for their work to enroll local seniors in Medicare D Prescription Drug Benefits.
When Congress passed the Medicare Modernization Act of 2004, it allocated little money to start the program at the local level. Many older adults and their families were confused. Doan and Kastl felt a great responsibility to help low-income seniors with no family enroll in the prescription drug benefit program. Tens of thousands of local seniors signed up for a drug plan, and the savings is estimated at several million dollars. Nominators said Doan and Kastl “have been our leaders, teachers, and our inspiration providing compassionate, humane, face-to-face customer service to our elderly clients and their families.”
As monthly winners, Doan and Kastl each received a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. The annual award comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.
Police Officer Cindy Koenig-Warnke received the 2007 Honorable Mention Award for her efforts to solve a multi-state identity theft case. She was the monthly winner in June 2007.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are safety, valor and loss prevention. Consideration also may be given to nominations that demonstrate self-initiated accomplishments or those completed outside of the nominee’s job description.
All City employees are eligible for the Mayor’s Award of Excellence except for elected and appointed officials. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public. Nomination forms are available on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: personnel) or 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.