Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for May to Christopher Plock of the Information Services Division of the Finance 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.
Plock is a Systems Software Integrator and has worked for the City since 1992. Assistant Recreation Manager Holly of Lewis of the Parks and Recreations Department nominated him in the category of customer relations.
Parks and Recreation requested a program be created to replace numerous manual record keeping processes, inconsistent practices and data sets. Together with the Recreation staff, Chris managed to bring ideas, wish lists and needs together with the design and implementation of a new program called "PROCTOR." That stands for Parks and Recreation Online Class Tracking and Online Registration. The PROCTOR program collects, stores and manages registrations, receipts, deposits, histories, payment records and payments. For classes, it also tracks rosters, attendance, labels, class scheduling and descriptions, and client information.
In her nomination, Lewis wrote: "Once we started working with the program, it was clear we got more than we asked from PROCTOR and from Chris." The Parks and Recreation Department now has an organized, accessible and manageable source of information and services, and the public now has online convenience for information, registration and payments.
Lewis said Plock listened to all the ideas and never said "no." He would say, "how about this instead" or "would this work for you?" She said Plock was very patient when explaining the program to those who would use it.
Finance Director Steve Hubka endorsed the nomination, writing that he has heard for many years about the great work Plock does. He said Plock's work on the PROCTOR software is not a one-time "job well done" but a reflection of his approach to all projects he tackles.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are valor, productivity, loss prevention and safety. 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 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. Award winners receive a $50 gift certificate, a day off with pay and a plaque. All monthly winners and nominees are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $250 gift certificate, two days off with pay and a plaque.