Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for July to Public Health Nursing Supervisor Shirley Terry. 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.
Terry is with the Community Health Services division of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and has worked for the City since 2003. The Maternal-Child Health Services team nominated her in the categories of customer relations and productivity.
Terry has worked with the State and the community to develop information and help undocumented mothers and babies access prenatal care while keeping staff informed of program changes. She also has been instrumental in getting the Electronic Health System to work efficiently for the team's charting needs.
The team said Terry is a visionary person who also is attentive to details, and she is committed to moving the Maternal-Child Health Division in a direction that meets the community's needs. The nominators said Terry is a good listener and motivator, acknowledges successes and has a good sense of humor. They wrote, "... mainly it is the passion and dedication for your career that we respect and admire."
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are 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 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.