Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for December to James Newman of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD). 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.
Newman has worked as an Environmental Health Specialist for the City since 2005. Supervisor John Chess nominated him in the categories of customer relations, productivity, and safety for his work inspecting and testing private water wells in the City. During the past year, Newman inspected 514 water wells, collected 708 water samples and worked with more than 150 newly annexed homeowners.
Chess cited several examples of Newman's dedication to helping people:
In addition to his regular job duties, Newman is a member of LLCHD's Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team and is taking graduate courses in GIS/GPS to enhance the Water Quality Section's implementation of this technology.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are loss prevention 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.