Mayor Chris Beutler will present the Annual Mayor's Award of Excellence for 2017 to Investigator Matthew Franken of the Central Investigations Division of the Lincoln Police Department. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers, County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. A reception for the honorees will follow on the second floor of the County-City Building.
Sergeant Mike Ripley nominated Franken in the category of productivity for his work on a homicide investigation that led to the arrest of eight people, including the person responsible for the homicide.
All monthly award nominees and winners are eligible to receive the annual award. Franken 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 2017 Honorable Mention Award will be presented to Police Officer Launa Groves.
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.