Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Annual Mayor's Award of Excellence for 2014 to Police Officer Robert Norton for his work as a School Resource Officer at Southeast High School. The award will be presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting, which begins at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street.
Nate Siefkes, a Southeast High student, wrote a note to former Governor Dave Heineman about the difference Officer Norton had made at the school. The Governor's office forwarded the note to Police Chief Jim Peschong and the Mayor's Office. The note from Siefkes about Norton read, "He realized that the way to make a difference wasn't to solely enforce the law, but to know the people he was to protect. If an intruder were to come into our school, he would have protected us like his family, because he is a big part of the Southeast family."
All monthly award nominees and winners are eligible to receive the annual award. Norton will receive a $250 gift certificate, two days off with pay and a plaque. The Mayor will also present him with the Mayor's Medallion.
The 2014 Honorable Mention Award will be presented to Chad Dalton of the Information Services Division of the Finance Department. Dalton is a Microcomputer Support Specialist and was nominated for this work to implement the new VoIP phone system as well as a video conferencing system.
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: 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. Monthly award winners receive a $50 gift certificate, a day off with pay and a plaque.