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April 13, 2015
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Mayor to Present March Award of Excellence

Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for March to Richard Scholl, a Heavy Equipment Mechanic in the Street Maintenance division of the Public Works and Utilities Department. The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th St. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.

Scholl has worked for the City since 1999. Fleet Services Superintendent Jim Chiles nominated Scholl in the categories of customer relations and productivity for his consistent willingness to accept any challenge, especially for the role as the backup Supervisor for the Fleet Services Garage. Chiles said Scholl has been asked to fill in many times and has always performed admirably. An example was last fall, when the supervisor had to take an extended leave during the time for winter preparation.

Chiles said the preparation is demanding, even for a seasoned veteran. He said Scholl scheduled and oversaw all preseason snow removal equipment service, installation and testing while also doing an excellent job of managing normal daily shop operations.

Chiles said working together as a group is part of the Fleet Services culture. But like any successful organization, the employees need someone to provide direction and focus. He said he was confident that Scholl and the group of professionals he directed had the equipment ready for the City's winter season.

Chiles said, "There is not one singular thing I can point to that stands out as extraordinary, but having the responsibility of ensuring equipment is ready for a Lincoln winter is stressing, to say the least, and Rick handled it marvelously."

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 (keyword: hr) or from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Human Resources 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.

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