Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for November to Pamela Rowe 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.
Rowe has been a Public Health Educator for the City since 2004. Co-worker Renee Massie nominated her in the categories of customer relations and productivity for her work with the Tobacco Prevention and Education program. Rowe works with the Police Department to organize monthly compliance checks for tobacco sales to minors, a program proven to prevent young people from starting tobacco use. The Lincoln area failure rate is below 10 percent.
Rowe works with Lincoln Public Schools to recruit teen volunteers to work with police on the checks. Sergeant Robert Ziemer and Officer Jason Brownell say Rowe has built a strong working relationship with police and students as well as their families. Rowe visits with the retailers and individuals cited for selling tobacco to minors to promote free training. She developed a booklet for landlords on the benefits of smoke-free housing and is now creating a Smoke-Free Housing Registry. She also is calling owners and managers of multi-family dwellings to promote the Housing Options guide and to register smoke-free buildings. Rowe also helped with the Tobacco Free Lancaster County website.
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.