Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for August to K-9 officer Jake and his partner, Police Officer Jeffrey Urkevich. The monthly award recognizes City employees who 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.
Urkevich has been with the Lincoln Police Department since 1997, and he and Jake have been partners since 2006. Detective Jim Breen nominated the team in the category of productivity for their work in a recent string of robberies and sexual assaults. The evidence collected by the team has led to an arrest, and the cases are pending. Breen said Urkevich has developed a close working relationship with Jake and does an excellent job of controlling the dog as they search for evidence.
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.