Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for March to Lori Irons and Debra Winkler from the Purchasing Division of the Finance Department. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates person commitment to the City.
Purchasing Agent Bob Walla nominated them in the category of productivity for their work to develop a more user-friendly system for the division and its customers. The division serves three entities - the City, County and Public Building Commission. An advisory committee with representation from all three made suggestions on how to improve the system to look up contracts and recommended a notification system to send emails to departments and vendors before contracts expire. Staff determined that the contract management system offered by Ionwave, which hosts the City's ebid system, would meet the needs.
The three entities have 620 active contracts for commodities and services. After developing a worksheet on the process, Irons and Winkler entered all the contract files into the new system. The job took about four months, and the two worked extra hours and most Saturdays to complete it and keep up with their normal workload. Walla wrote, "Because of the extra effort shown by Deb and Lori, all three entities have a system which provides greater transparency, ensures that contracts do not expire and incorporates all our of our information from the bid process to contract administration into one program."
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are safety, customer service, 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. 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.