City of Lincoln
2009 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for March to James Bare, Senior Environmental Health Specialist for the Environmental Public Health Division of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. 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.
Bare has worked for the City for more than 14 years. Environmental Public Health Supervisor Nancy Clark nominated him in the category of customer relations for his work to resolve solid waste nuisance calls, such as hoarding or other unsanitary conditions inside homes. Clark said Bare sees his work as more than a job and strives to be an effective enforcement officer while still reaching people on a personal level. She said Bare is very professional with people from all walks of life and is highly effective in dealing with a busy case load.
Bare also serves as an on-call Health Department emergency responder, which can mean night and weekend hours. Clark said he works well with other staff to get issues resolved. Recent team efforts have included cleaning up a childcare site with staff from Children's Environmental Health and helping the Food Team with grease spills at restaurants. Clark said Bare is a great public ambassador for the Health Department and has an "awesome" work ethic. She said he strives to do things right the first time, and encourages those around him to be the best that they can be. In his free time, Bare has taken classes to better himself personally and professionally.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are productivity, 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 a 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.