Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for September to Public Information Specialist Bill Luxford of the Citizen Information Center (CIC). 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.
Luxford has been the Operations Manager for 5 CITY-TV and 21 Educational Access since 1997. CIC Manager Diane Gonzolas nominated him in the categories of productivity and customer relations to recognize the special programming he created around the Special Olympics USA National Games this summer and his video production of the 2009 Star City Holiday Parade. Supporting the nomination were Jerry Renaud, a UNL Broadcasting Professor who worked with Luxford on the Special Olympics coverage, and Parade Director Deb Johnson, the former Executive Director of GOLincolnGO.
During the Special Olympics in July, Luxford worked with Renaud and his students to do a live nightly show from just outside Anderson Hall on Centennial Mall. Luxford helped Renaud design a class around the project, and provided technical advice. Once the competition started, Luxford and his staff worked with the students on writing, shooting, editing, producing and directing. Renaud wrote, "It became a tremendous learning environment for the students and gave them real-life experience in working in a deadline driven industry. Bill's hard work and dedication paid off with four very successful programs and incredible coverage of the Special Olympics." Renaud praised Luxford's commitment to excellence and his dedication in working with the students.
When KOLN-KGIN notified GOLincolnGO that the station could no longer provide the production crew and equipment for the 25th annual Star City Holiday Parade in 2009, Luxford agreed to produce the show for the station to air live statewide. He built a production team and spent many hours working with the crew and talent. Johnson wrote, "Bill's can-do attitude and expertise resulted in the finest live TV show the Parade had in its 25 years."
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 eneral 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.