Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for April to Kelly Davila from the Communications Division of the Police 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.
Davila was nominated in the category of productivity by Communications Coordinator Julie Righter Dove for her work to develop the PulsePoint smart phone application. Davila served as the lead for the City on the implementation of the app that is now being used by more than 8,700 people in the Lincoln area. PulsePoint connects those trained in CPR with those who suffer sudden cardiac arrest in public places within a quarter-mile of their location.
Lincoln was the first City in the region to implement the app, which also displays the location of the nearest AED. PulsePoint also provides a real-time display of all Lincoln Fire and Rescue dispatches and public safety radio communications. Righter Dove said this provides the public with a virtual window into Fire and Emergency Medical Service activity in the community, offering a unique opportunity for civic engagement and transparency. Righter Dove said Davila worked diligently over the course of several months to ensure the accuracy and development of the information to be provided to the public.
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.