Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for 2012 to Beau Wolfe, a Public Information Specialist for the Citizen Information Center, a division of the Mayor's Office. Wolfe is being honored for his work on anti-bullying programs on the government access channels. The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting.
About a year ago, Wolfe helped tape programs at a local conference on bullying. He was very impressed with presenter Kirk Smalley of Oklahoma, whose young son committed suicide after being bullied. The "Stand for the Silent" campaign was created in his honor. Wolfe also taped an interview with Smalley, and the government access channels helped to promote "Nebraska Stand for the Silent." Wolfe then organized a showing of the documentary "Bully" at the Grand Theater as well as a panel discussion with experts, which aired on the access channels. He also spearheaded fund-raising to provide free tickets to the showing. The nominator wrote that Wolfe demonstrated a great deal of initiative, persistence and hard work, and his passion on the issue was contagious, inspiring others to work with him on the anti-bullying effort.
All monthly award nominees and winners are eligible to receive the annual award. Wolfe will receive a $250 gift certificate, two days off with pay and a plaque. The Mayor also presented him with the Mayor's Medallion.
The 2012 Honorable Mention Award will be presented to Emergency Service Dispatcher Linda Flaherty for her handling of a call reporting a potential house fire and shooting near an elementary school. Flaherty was the primary dispatcher managing the response. Although the call was determined to be a false report, the nominator said Flaherty handled the incident in the most professional manner possible, ensuring the safety of all involved.
The categories in which employees can be nominated are customer service, productivity, safety, valor and loss prevention. 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 award 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 considered by the Mayor's Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor. Monthly award winners receive a $50 gift certificate, a day off with pay and a plaque.