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2000 Media Release


March 13, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents Awards of Excellence for January and February

Aging Division employee and Police Officer are honored

Mayor Don Wesely today presented Mayor's Awards of Excellence to Chester "Chet" McPherson with the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging and Police Officer Patrick Howell. The monthly award recognizes city employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the city. McPherson won for the month of January and Howell for the month of February. The awards were presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting.

McPherson has been with the Aging Division since August 1986. He was nominated in the field of productivity by his supervisor and the entire staff of the Lincoln Information for the Elderly (LIFE) Program. McPherson is a licensed insurance agent, and his co-workers say he uses his previous private sector experience to provide advice on Medicare and insurance to older adults.

"Chet is not selling anything to them so they feel they can trust the information he provides," the nomination letter reads. "This information is so often the result of Chet's personal research frequently completed on his own personal time. Chet always puts the client first." Because those he has helped often refer others to him, McPherson has helped many older adults learn about the LIFE Program and its other services.

Police Officer Howell is with the Southeast Team and was nominated for the award in the area of productivity by his supervisor, Sergeant Mike Bassett. Bassett wrote of the extra efforts the Police Department makes in December to keep drunk and drugged drivers off the roads.

"Officer Howell made 18 DWI arrests for the month and completed his normal duties, which included approximately 80 calls for service and their follow-up," Bassett wrote. "Officer Howell is a tireless worker who is an example to all his fellow officers as one who rises to the demands of his profession and gives the extra service to the community."

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are safety, loss prevention and valor. All city employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public.

Nomination forms are available from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department , which oversees the awards program. All nominations are reviewed 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 $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. Monthly winners are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.

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