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Date:
March 2, 2009
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


MAYOR PRESENTS JANUARY AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for January to Sergeant Gregory Sorensen, a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division of the Lincoln Police Department (LPD). 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.

Sorensen, who has worked for the City for more than 35 years, was nominated in the category of productivity by Investigator Ben Miller on behalf of the second shift Criminal Investigation Unit: Investigators Jon Armstrong, Mayde McGuire, Chris Milisits, Aaron Moore and Erik Runge.

Sorensen has served LPD as a Swat Team member, Detective, Sergeant, Investigator and Case Manager. The nominators say he has a great work ethic and that his energy and dedication rub off on his co-workers. Sorensen uses his ability to talk to anyone to develop relationships with confidential informants. The nominators say he helps co-workers and other agencies with their cases and is quick to commend others for their efforts. They cited three examples of his outstanding work:

  • In early 2008, Sorensen used a confidential informant to infiltrate a group responsible for committing a series of apartment burglaries. When it looked like a suspect was fleeing the state, he contacted the Iowa State Patrol, and the suspect was arrested within minutes of the call. His efforts led to the clearance of more than 100 burglaries and the recovery of thousands of dollars of stolen items.
  • During a 2008 homicide investigation, Sorensen interviewed a man suspected of killing his wife. After checking his alibi and realizing the man had lied, Sorensen drove through blizzard-like conditions to Saline County and walked through snow to find the wife's body based on the information he was given. He was able to get a confession from the husband and clear the murder.
  • In a child pornography investigation, several computers, hundreds of DVDs and other electronic evidence was collected and had to be examined. Sorensen spent days reviewing the troubling evidence so prosecutors could have an accurate count of the material in the suspect's possession. Because of his efforts, the suspect was convicted in Federal Court.

Nominators say Sorensen is one of LPD's best interrogators, but he realizes the City is best served by passing on what he has learned and allowing others to get the much needed experience. He is recognized as one of the best teachers in the department and is frequently asked for advice by officers of all ranks.

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss prevention, safety and valor. 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. 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.


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